Deadline is exclusively reporting that USA Network have decided that the second season of drama series Shooter will consist of eight episodes, rather than the originally ordered ten, due to series star Ryan Phillippe’s off-set injury.
It was revealed that Ryan Phillippe broke his leg on the 16th July and wrote a series of tweets following the injury saying:
I didn’t injure myself doing a stunt or anywhere near the set of Shooter. I was the victim of a freak accident during a family outing on Sunday. My leg is badly broken & required surgical attention, but I will make a full recovery, am in good hands, and will be back in action soon.
The series was in the midst of filming the ninth episode when the accident occurred and whilst production continued without Phillippe, it has now been shut down as USA, along with series producing companies Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions., have decided to only air the completed episodes, meaning that episode eight will serve as the Season 2 finale.
Paramount TV gave a statement to Deadline saying:
Our priority is Ryan’s recovery, and after conversations with our partners at USA and UCP we’ve decided that we will wrap S2 with episode 208.
It’s a shame that the second season will be cut short due to an unfortunate accident but it’s good to see the network back its star and give him time to fully recover and hopefully be fit and ready in time for a third season if picked up, which I’m sure it will be.
The second season just aired it’s second episode stateside and star Ryan Phillippe, Shantel VanSanten, Omar Epps, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Beverly D’Angelo, Josh Stewart, Jerry Ferrara, Jesse Bradford, Todd Lowe, Harry Hamlin and Amin Joseph.