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‘The Purge’ Is Coming Back To USA Network For Second Season

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God bless the New Founding Fathers! It has officially been announced that hit TV series The Purge will be back for a second season on USA Network.

Let The Purge Commence

The network has ordered a second season of the horror series, based on the film franchise of the same name. The series was pretty successful for USA, becoming the network’s top drama. The Purge averaged 1.2 million viewers per episode with the 18-49-year old crowd and 2.3 million total viewers per episode in the Live+7 ratings.

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With the hard work of the cast and crew and captivating storylines, it was a no-brainer for the network to renew the series.  “USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise, The Purge,” said Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “The partnership and creative trust of Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured The Purge’s successful transition from film to TV – and, along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in Season 2.”

A Night Of Horror

Just like the films, the series showcases a “new America” ruled under a totalitarian government. Once a year, the Purge comes—allowing for 12 full hours when all crime, including murder, is legal. The government boasts that crime throughout the year has decreased immensely due to this day.

Patti Perret / USA Network

Season 1 followed characters from all walks of life who each get tied up into this gruesome day. As the hours pass, they all fight to survive while dealing with the consequences of their past actions. James DeMonaco, who created the franchise, served as executive producer, along with Thomas Kelly.  “James DeMonaco has done it again: the propulsive and compelling story he crafted for Season 1 of The Purge truly resonated with audiences in a significant way,” said Jason Blum of Blumhouse Television. “We are thrilled to embark on Season 2, and can’t wait to bring more of James’ vision to USA and fans of The Purge.”

A Successful Franchise

The Purge was based on the 2013 film of the same name. It was followed by two sequels, The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and The Purge: Election Year (2016), along with a prequel, The First Purge (2018). Though it has had a generally mixed critical reception, the films have grossed over $447 million.

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While the show is continuing on for another season, DeMonaco is considering calling it quits on the films. The next one may very well be the last. “I have it in my head. I think I’m going to write it. I think it’s a great way to end it all,” he admitted. “When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.” Details are few and far between of how the film franchise will end, and if that will affect the television series. However, fans will at least have one more season to look forward to.

Check out a look into season 1 of The Purge below.

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