After a successful first season, USA’s The Purge TV Show has been renewed for a second season. The first season mostly revolved around people who weren’t purging, but rather trying to survive the event. The show stars Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza as the characters Miguel and Penelope Guerrero, and was created by the same person who created the Purge films, James DeMonaco.
So far, four Purge movies have come out, the first of which was released in 2013. The film starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and revolved around a futuristic America in 2022 where all crime is legal once a year for 12 hours. The following movie has the same premise, only it takes place in the streets on Purge night rather than inside someone’s home. The Purge: Election Year and The First Purge both brought something new to the table with Election Year having a political message, and The First Purge being a prequel to the rest of the series. Even though the series had varying success with critics, Blumhouse always seemed to turn a profit. This made the announcement of a Purge TV show unsurprising, but now that show will be getting a second season.
USA Network announced today that The Purge was being renewed for season 2, after the massive success of season 1. The President of Entertainment Networks for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment made the announcement today, stating, “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″. The announcement also revealed that The Purge is currently the #1 drama for USA Network, with 1.2 million people tuning in within the age group of 18-49.
Even though Screen Rant’s review of The Purge series premiere was mostly negative, many people seem to like the show, which is clear by the ratings. Each of the movies dealt with the one night of the year where murder and all other crimes are considered legal, but the TV show was able to further develop a longer story for two characters much better than a film could do with an hour and a half runtime. This is part of the reason why a series like The Purge may be better suited for television rather than the big screen.
While some people might not enjoy the show as much as the feature films, a TV format gives the showrunners more time to develop the mythology behind the Purge. Renewing the show for a second season will also allow the TV series to further connect to the Purge movies, and possibly include characters from the films at some point. That being said, horror fans will have to remain patient, since the season 1 finale of The Purge just aired on USA Network tonight, and there’s no indication when season 2 will premiere.