USA Network decided to renew The Purge, which is based on the popular action-horror film franchise of the same name, for season two. The network revealed its decision after the finale of the first season aired on Tuesday night.
“USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise The Purge,” said Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, in a statement. “The partnership and creative trust of [executive producer] 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 two.”
The Purge was created by James DeMonaco, who also created and directed the first three movies in the film franchise. DeMonaco wrote several episodes of the series and directed the pilot.
“James DeMonaco has done it again: The propulsive and compelling story he created for season one of The Purge truly resonated with audiences in a significant way,” said Blum. “We are thrilled to embark on season two and can’t wait to bring more of James’ vision to USA and fans of The Purge.”
The Purge television series became an immediate hit for USA Network and currently stands as the network’s highest watched drama with 2.3 million viewers. The show stars Gabriel Chavarria, Hannah Anderson, Lili Simmons and Jessica Garza in the lead roles.
Set in dystopian America, The Purge films and television series revolve around a yearly “Purge” event, during which all crimes become legal. Four movies were released to date, earning $446 million combined at the box office.