Good guys in crosshairs with Sea­son 2 of Shooter

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NWA OUTDOORS - MICHAEL STOREY The TV Col­umn ap­pears Sun­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day. Email: mstorey@arkansason­line.com

This is just what Amer­ica needs to pass the time this sum­mer — more guns, ex­plo­sions, gut kicks and All-Amer­i­can ma­cho bravado with char­ac­ters named Swag­ger and Payne.

Shooter re­turns for Sea­son 2 at 9 p.m. to­day on USA ca­ble net­work.

Stream­ers: Sea­son 1 of the con­spir­acy thriller is now avail­able on Net­flix, Ama­zon Video, Fan­dango Now, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and Xbox.

For those who’ve for­got­ten, Shooter is based on the 2007 film of the same name that starred Mark Wahlberg. That was an adap­ta­tion of Stephen Hunter’s 1993 novel Point of Im­pact.

Ryan Phillippe (Se­crets and Lies) stars as Bob Lee Swag­ger, the “great­est sniper in the his­tory of the U.S. Marines,” who earned the nick­name “Bob the Nailer.”

Re­tired and liv­ing the quiet life with his wife, Julie, and daugh­ter, Mary, Swag­ger is coaxed back into ac­tion by Isaac John­son (Omar Epps, House), his for­mer com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, when it’s learned there’s a sniper plot to kill the pres­i­dent.

John­son, now a Se­cret Ser­vice agent, needs Swag­ger’s sniper ex­per­tise to keep the pres­i­dent safe.

Things quickly go south when Swag­ger dis­cov­ers he has been framed in a sweep­ing con­spir­acy. Sea­son 1 was spent fol­low­ing Swag­ger as he worked to pro­tect his fam­ily and clear his name.

The se­ries also stars Shantel VanSan­ten (One Tree Hill) as Swag­ger’s wife, Cyn­thia Ad­dai-Robin­son (The Ac­coun­tant) as FBI Spe­cial Agent Na­dine Mem­phis, and Ed­die McClin­tock (Ware­house 13) as team en­forcer Jack Payne.

Guest stars this sea­son in­clude pro wrestling star Randy Or­ton (WWE Raw), Wil­liam Ficht­ner (Prison Break), Des­mond Har­ring­ton (Dex­ter) and Bev­erly D’An­gelo (Ellen Gris­wold in the Na­tional Lam­poon’s Va­ca­tion films).

In tonight’s episode, “The Hunt­ing Party,” it’s about a year af­ter the events of Sea­son 1 and Swag­ger and Julie join his for­mer Marine unit for a ban­quet in Ger­many and nar­rowly es­cape an at­tack. This sea­son, mem­bers of Swag­ger’s old team are be­ing hunted and killed off one by one.

Ma­jor Crimes, The Last Ship. Judg­ing by my email, fans of these two se­ries are be­gin­ning to get anx­ious, ask­ing if their sum­mer fa­vorites have been can­celed.

TNT re­newed Ma­jor Crimes for a 13-episode sixth sea­son to air “some­time in the fall” with Billy Burke (Zoo) repris­ing his role of se­rial rapist/killer Phillip Stroh. The Closer spinoff suf­fered a 10.8 per­cent drop in view­er­ship last sea­son, down to a 3.2 mil­lion av­er­age.

De­spite los­ing 24 per­cent of its au­di­ence (down to 2.2 mil­lion), The Last Ship will re­turn with a two-episode Sea­son 4 pre­miere at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 on TNT.

A Night With My Ex, 9 p.m. to­day on Bravo. It’s cringe-wor­thy voyeurism at its creepi­est in this new un­scripted se­ries. View­ers can spend a half hour be­ing a fly on the wall as for­mer cou­ples spend a night alone in a cam­era-loaded apart­ment to see if there’s any spark left.

A breath­less Bravo tells us, “View­ers will wit­ness star­tling con­fes­sions, wild hook ups and shock­ing res­o­lu­tions.”

The first episode, “Are You Still a Vir­gin?,” finds Rachel con­fronting ex-beau Fabian. Then-vir­gin Rachel ended the re­la­tion­ship when she dis­cov­ered Fabian had cheated on her. Now he’s des­per­ate to win her back, even if she’s no longer an un­soiled dove. En­joy.

More En­thu­si­asm. Good news: HBO has an­nounced that a new sea­son of Larry David’s Curb Your En­thu­si­asm will fi­nally ar­rive Oct. 1. Sea­son 8 aired in 2011 and the long-awaited Sea­son 9 has been in the works for more than a year.

Un­til now, David has been mum on whether there even would be an­other sea­son of the se­ries, in which he plays a ver­sion of him­self bum­bling through life.

The 70-year-old David, who was bril­liant in a re­cent se­ries of Satur­day Night Live im­per­son­ations of Bernie San­ders, was the co-cre­ator of Se­in­feld, where he was also head writer and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

Get­ting Foxy. Fox News Chan­nel has added for­mer White House press sec­re­tary Ari Fleis­cher as a con­trib­u­tor. Fleis­cher served un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003.

Fox says Fleis­cher will pro­vide “strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions and po­lit­i­cal anal­y­sis” for Fox News and Fox Busi­ness Net­work.

Mean­while, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports that sus­pended FBN host Charles Payne (Mak­ing Money) says he will fight charges of sex­ual ha­rass­ment “like a lion armed with truth.”

Payne’s sus­pen­sion came fol­low­ing a re­cent Na­tional Enquirer story that said Payne ac­knowl­edged a three-year ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair with a fe­male po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst. Payne claims he’s be­ing falsely ac­cused.

USA’s Shooter re­turns for Sea­son 2 at 9 p.m. to­day. The thriller stars Shantel VanSan­ten and Ryan Phillippe.

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