If you are a fan of the televised version of The Purge, well then take some solace in the knowledge that the purging mayhem will continue for another season. If you're a fan of Reverie, well, the news is not so stellar.
USA Network announced today that The Purge has been officially picked up for a second season, still co-produced by Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions. At the moment, it is USA's #1 drama, so apologies to Suits. This news comes right as the first season comes to a purge-arific close tonight at 10.
Chris McCumber, the President of Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, was quoted as saying, “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.” NBCUniversal also owns SYFY WIRE.
What will that mythology entail? We're unsure at the moment, but it will probably involve a heavy amount of violence. Jason Blum, the founder of Blumhouse, praised series creator James DeMonaco, saying, "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. 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.”
The show is based on the film franchise of the same name, which tells tales revolving around a 12-hour period when all crimes are legal— murder is very much included.
On the other end of things, NBC has conducted a purge of it's own— the virtual reality thriller Reverie has been canceled after just one season.
TVLine is reporting that the plug has been pulled on the show, which starred Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest). It featured her playing a former hostage negotiator and expert in human behavior— she gets recruited by a former boss (Dennis Haysbert) for the job of helping people who are lost in a rather advanced virtual reality system.
The show started somewhat strong when it premiered, but ratings declined steadily afterwards. The tales begun by Reverie will be left unfinished, so perhaps fans can take some comfort in the on-going mayhem of The Purge.