The Purge & Treadstone spinoffs cancelled at USA Network
According to Deadline, USA Network has officially decided to not give Jason Blum’s The Purge and Tim Kring’s Bourne spinoff Treadstone a series renewal. The cancellation news comes after nearly five months since The Purge Season 2 and Treadstone had aired their season finale episodes last December. Both big-budget shows are based off Universal Pictures’ two high-profile film franchises.
Based on the hit movie franchise from Blumhouse Productions, The Purge revolved around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Set in an altered America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.
The series is written and executive produced by the film franchise creator James DeMonaco and led by Jason Blum. Additionally, the entire team behind the blockbuster franchise are on board to executive produce: Michael Bay with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form under the Platinum Dunes banner and Sebastien K. Lemercier. Thomas Kelly serves as executive producer/showrunner of the series. Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Anthony Hemingway directed and executive produced the pilot episode.
Treadstone explored the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone, a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. Jason Bourne, the central character in Universal Pictures’ Bourne film franchise, was a product of the program. The series followed new sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.
The ensemble cast was led by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Brian J. Smith (Sense8) and Han Hyo Joo (Cold Eyes, The Beauty Inside). It is created by Heroes creator Tim Kring who served as the writer and executive producer.