USA Network Pulls The Plug On ‘The Purge’

Don’t look for the horror-themed series The Purge as next year’s TV season starts up: USA Network has dropped it from its future schedule.

Citing declining viewership in its second (and, as it turns out, its final) season, USA opted not to go ahead with a third go-round for the show, according to Deadline.

The TV series–created by James DeMonaco–is based on the 2013 feature film of the same name.

The show reportedly was expensive to produce and it just didn’t attract large enough audiences during Season 2 for USA Network to re-up it for a third season. Reports had the show’s linear viewership off some 50 percent from the first season to the second.

But fewer viewers may not have been the only reason for the cancellation. The station reportedly is moving away from scripted series and toward live and unscripted shows.

As fans know, the TV show deals with a 24-hour period when all crime–including murder–is legal. A group of people cross paths in an altered city as the clock winds down to Purge Night. Some fight, some hide and some embrace the Purge to the fullest. But they all learn more about themselves and their actions during Purge Night.

The show’s cast includes Gabriel Chavarria, Hannah Emily Anderson, Jessica Garza, Lili Simmons, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell, Lee Tergesen and Cindy Robinson.

But fans of the series have at least one memorable finale to look forward to. It was reported that Ethan Hawke–who appeared in The Purge movie–will reprise his role in this season’s final episode, slated to air Dec. 17, 2020.

As James Sandin, a security system sales rep, Hawke will attempt to protect his family from home invaders during a Purge Night. The episode–titled “7:01 AM”–is shot as a flashback to one week before the National Purge, when his security system was tested.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates about the current (and perhaps future) status of The Purge.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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