USA Network has made a last-minute decision to pull tonight’s first-season finale of breakout freshman drama Mr. Robot in light of today’s tragic killing of a local news reporter and a cameraman on live TV.
“The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time,” USA said in a statement.
The season finale of the well received hacker drama will now air next Wednesday, September 2, at 10 PM. An encore of the penultimate episode will air tonight. Mr. Robot already has been renewed for a second season.
This morning, WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were gunned down during a live telecast. The killer, former WDBJ reporter Vester Flanagan, known as Bryce Williams, then led the police on a pursuit before committing suicide.
We won’t spoil the Mr. Robot finale but it does feature a scene that would evoke today’s events in Virginia.