Originally set to debut July 19, Shooter was postponed a week by USA Network after the tragic and fatal July 7 shooting in Dallas. That was the right thing to do, but from what I’ve seen the NBCUniversal-owned cabler might want to consider just not putting this terrible show on the air at all.
Starring Ryan Phillippe and based on the Mark Wahlberg-starring 2007 pic of the same name, the 10-episode Shooter that now premieres July 26 is tired, full of stock situations, and has twists that, as I say in my video review above, you can see coming without having to look through a scope.
The Secrets & Lies star plays self-exiled and battle-weary former-Marine Bob Lee Swagger, the same name Wahlberg’s character had in the Antoine Fuqua-directed big-screen version. He is brought back into the world to stop a potential Presidential assassination by his former commanding officer and now top Secret Service agent Isaac Johnson, portrayed by a talent-wasted Omar Epps.
Of course, it all goes haywire, as you knew it would, and Swagger has to go on the run. Add to that Cynthia Addai-Robinson as an FBI agent trying to put the pieces together, a hard-drinking CIA officer portrayed by Tom Sizemore, Swagger’s loyal wife played by One Tree Hill alum Shantel VanSanten and a lot of flashbacks to Afghanistan. That’s kind of it, which quickly reveals that the clip on this series from Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods and executive producers Wahlberg, John Hlavin, Stephen Levinson and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is empty.
In an era of the Age of Terror, series like Homeland and the anticipation of the upcoming 24: Legacy, the limp Shooter can’t hit a single interesting target dramatically or aesthetically – and that’s not something you want to waste you time on.
Click on my video review of Shooter for more, or less depending on your POV.