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CONFIRMED: “SHOOTER” RENEWED FOR SEASON 3

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a third-season renewal to the military drama starring Ryan Phillippe. Production on season three begins in January in Los Angeles. Sources say season three will consist of 13 episodes — up from 10 and eight in seasons one and two, respectively. Season three will pick up where season two left off and use all new footage with viewers getting resolution from the sophomore run, which was cut short from its planned 10-episode run following Phillippe‘s injury.

The upcoming season is based on the second book in the Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger series, titled Black Light. 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 toward a startling conspiracy that hits close to home.

The renewal comes after star Phillippe broke his leg, with the injury forcing the Universal Cable Productions- and Paramount TV-produced drama to shave two episodes from its sophomore run.

The drama based on the 2007 Paramount feature of the same name that starred Mark Wahlberg has been a solid performer for USA, seeing its fortunes rise an impressive 133 percent (700,000) and 96 percent (2.5 million) among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers, respectively, with seven days of DVR.

Season one was also a standout, helping the cabler improve its Tuesday haul with an average of 2.6 million total viewers and 974,000 in the key demo with seven days of DVR.

Shooter has not had an easy path to screen. The series was delayed multiple times in a bid to be sensitive following mass shootings in the country. By the time the show launched, it had the added benefit of feeling timely.

Shooter is part of a 2018 scripted originals lineup at USA Network that includes Colony, Damnation, Falling Water, Queen of the South, Suits, Unsolved and American Rust. Meanwhile, dramas Mr. Robot and anthology The Sinner are awaiting word on their (likely) renewals.

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THE SWAGGER SQUAD IN UTAH

Ryan along with the rest of the cast of Shooter (Omar Epps, Shantel Vansanten and Cynthia Robinson), are in Utah made a special training for the third season of Shooter, which Ryan has confirmed on his Instagram.

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RYAN SUES ELSIE HEWITT AFTER SHE CLAIMED HE BEAT HER

Ryan Phillippe is issuing a legal response to Elsie Hewitt after the former Playboy model launched a $1-million lawsuit against him, claiming he physically assaulted her.

As People reports, Phillippe, 43, is firing back by suing Hewitt, 21, professing his innocence and alleging that Hewitt attempted to extort him.

According to court documents obtained by People, the “Shooter” star states that Hewitt “broke into Phillippe’s home in the middle of the night without permission” and “fabricated a story in an unjustified attempt to extort money” from him in order to boost her modelling career.

Phillipe’s lawsuit also claims that Hewitt filed a false police report, in which she alleges the actor “repeatedly grabbed Hewitt, struck her, cornered her, kicked her, and aggressively pushed her to the ground” in the early morning of July 4. Phillippe also claims that Hewitt was “extremely intoxicated” on the night in question.

In his suit, Phillippe also points out that he “was raised by women in a household where women’s rights, feminism, and advocacy were very much at the forefront, and he is sickened to have been falsely accused of domestic violence.”

Phillippe took to Twitter on Wednesday to dispute characterizations of Hewitt as his “girlfriend,” insisting he has “not had a ‘girlfriend’ for over a year now & have barely dated anyone since.”

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RYAN HIRES OJ SIMPSON’S LAWYER, SHAWN HOLLEY

Ryan Phillippe’s ex-girlfriend, Elsie Hewitt, filed a $1 million lawsuit against him, accusing him of brutally attacking her on the 4th of July, and RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned the actor hired O.J. Simpson’s former attorney to fight the claims.
Phillippe brought on high-powered lawyer Shawn Holley, the lawyer who helped get the Juice off from double murder charges, to lead his defense. Model Elise Hewitt filed a police report and a temporary restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after claiming that he assaulted her in a vicious fight in his home.

Holley has represented a number of celebrity clients, including Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan.

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