Media critic David Zurawik talks to novelist Stephen Hunter about the TV adaptation of his book, "Point of Impact." "Shooter" debuts on USA on Tuesday, Nov. 15. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video)
USA Network has renewed "Shooter," an action drama based on Baltimore author Stephen Hunter's "Point of Impact" novel, for a second season.
The series, which debuted in November on the basic cable channel, has drawn an average audience of 2.6 million viewers, with 974,000 in the most desired 18- to 49-year-old age group. It's USA's highest-rated new series.
Hunter's novel was first made into a 2007 feature film starring Mark Wahlberg, who now serves as an executive producer on the TV series. Ryan Phillippe plays Bob Lee Swagger, a former Marine sniper caught up in betrayal and high-level political intrigue.
In a November interview with The Baltimore Sun, Hunter said he was "very optimistic" about a second season based on the fact that the producers bought a second book from him on which to base scripts.
"They bought the book assuming the possibility that the series will be a hit and they'll be all set to go," he said. "If it's not, I still get a nice little sum that I will spend on beer and ammunition and maybe a week at the beach."
Here's what Hunter wrote on Facebook this week about the renewal:
"A belated announcement: "Shooter" has been renewed for a second season. The next year is to be based on my novel "Time to Hunt." Is that the one about Vietnam or Japan? Not sure. Then there was an Arkansas book in there too, right? Not even sure if I wrote them but I don't remember anyone else in the room. It's all so confusing."