‘Mr. Robot’ Season Finale Postponed Over Similarity to Virginia Shootings
The season finale of USA Network’s critically-acclaimed freshman drama Mr. Robot was scheduled to air tonight. However, those plans were curtailed by the tragic events in Virginia this morning, as news reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed on live TV while filming a news segment for Virginia’s WDBJ.
Due to a similarly graphic scene in the upcoming episode, USA Network has opted to postpone the season finale of Mr. Robot out of respect for the family and friends of Parker and Ward. The season finale will instead air in full next week, Wednesday, September 2nd at 10/9c on USA Network.
“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.”
The suspected shooter, reportedly a former colleague of Parker and Ward at WDBJ, went on the run after posting the shooting to his social media accounts. Earlier this afternoon, he shot himself while on the run from police. He was pronounced dead not long after.
This has just been an awful, horrific event, and while I’m sure the Mr. Robot finale is the furthest thing from the minds of Parker and Ward’s friends and family, I can completely understand USA’s decision in this matter. It’s best to err on the side of consideration and sympathy when it comes to a tragedy of this magnitude. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Parker and Ward.