Just days after Shooter star Ryan Phillippe announced on social media that he has fully recovered from the serious off-set injury that cut short Season 2 of the popular USA Network drama, the network has renewed the series for a third season.
I hear Season 3 will consist of 13 episodes, up from the 10-episode Season 1 and 2 orders. Shooter ended up airing an eight-episode second season after Phillippe broke his leg on July 16 while Shooter was in the midst of filming the ninth episode of its 10-episode second season. At the time, USA, along with the series producing companies Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods., made a decision to only air the completed episodes, with Episode 8 serving as a Season 2 finale. It aired Sept.5.
Season 3 of Shooter is based loosely on Black Light, the second book in the Bob Lee Swagger series by Stephen Hunter. As Bob Lee struggles to put an end to the events of season two, a nemesis reveals mysterious details surrounding his father Earl’s death, leading Bob Lee towards a startling conspiracy that hits close to home.
I hear Season 3 will pick up where Season 2 left off using all new footage. While the new story for Season 3 is revealed, viewers also will get resolution on the events in Season 2.
While sidelined, Phillippe was very active supporting Shooter on social media, live-tweeting the Season 2 premiere on July 18 and doing a Twitter Q&A with fans.
Production on Season 3 of Shooter begins this January in Los Angeles.