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'The Purge' television series to premiere on USA Network in September

If "The First Purge," the motion picture shot in Buffalo that premieres July 3 is to your liking, it won't be long before you will see more legal murders on your television screen.

"The Purge," a new USA Network series based on the hit movie franchise from Blumhouse Television, is set to premiere at 10 p.m. Sept. 4 on the cable channel owned by NBC Universal.

The announcement was officially made late Thursday, although the plan to make the series was announced two years ago.

The release didn't state where the series is being filmed, but it has been reported that the location is New Orleans.

The most recognizable names or faces in the cast include William Baldwin, Lee Tergesen ("Oz") and Lili Simmons ("Ray Donovan").

Here is a capsule summary of the 10-part series provided by NBC Universal: "Based on the hit movie franchise from Blumhouse Productions, 'The Purge' revolves 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."

James DeMonaco, who created the film franchise, is the writer and executive producer of the series. Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Sebastien K. Lemercier of the film franchise also are on board.

Thomas Kelly is an executive producer and the showrunner of the series. Anthony Hemingway ("The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"), an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner, is directing the premiere episode and also is an executive produce on it.

The premiere and the finale will be simulcast on SYFY, which has the same owner as the USA Network.

"The First Purge," which was filmed here in 2017, premieres Tuesday at area theaters.

Buffalo served as a stand in for Staten Island, where the film is set.

It is the fourth film in the horror franchise written by DeMonaco about the 12 hours during which all crime is legal.

The original 2013 movie made for $3 million and starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") earned a surprising $65 million at the box office, which led to the 2014 sequel “The Purge: Anarchy” and the 2016 sequel “The Purge: Election Year.”

*Related:
- Read an interview with "The First Purge" director
- Newest "Purge" is filmed entirely in Buffalo

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