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USA Network's Sniper Drama Shooter Delayed a Week, Due to Dallas Tragedy

USA Network has delayed the premiere of its new sniper drama, Shooter, in the wake of a sniper’s July 7 ambush of Dallas police officers that left five dead and several others wounded.

Based on a Stephen Hunter novel (Point of Impact) and the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film, Shooter stars Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) as Bob Lee Swagger, a highly decorated ex-Marine sniper who is coaxed back into action after he learns about a plot to kill the president.

“In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we have decided to postpone the premiere date for the upcoming USA Network series Shooter to July 26,” a USA Network rep said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Shooter was to debut Tuesday, July 19; it will now bow a week later, on July 26.

USA Network’s scheduling sensitivity comes on the heels of TNT pushing back the Season 3 premiere of The Last Ship, which featured a nightclub shooting that echoed the June 12 massacre at an Orlando nightclub, which left 50 people dead and dozens more injured.

USA Network itself delayed the Season 1 finale of Mr. Robot last August, because of a scene in which a man shot himself on live TV. That sequence was deemed too disturbing in the immediate wake of the real-life, on-air shooting of a Moneta, Va. TV reporter.

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14 Comments
  1. Shaun says:

    Yeah,people will be completely over it in another week,lol.

  2. Piers says:

    Doesn’t matter. Ryan P. is not going to have what it takes to carry a show.

  3. floacist says:

    The show was already another week away, an extra week is unnecessary.

  4. Eva says:

    The first of many, many episodes of this show to be delayed due to real-world events, I’m guessing.

  5. Jason says:

    has a show ever been delayed when a black person has been killed or is just the cops being killed that actually made networks do something?

  6. Pearl says:

    Am I the only one kind of shocked to see, not so may delays, but so many public shootings in USA? I mean, I get that it’s probably much more common than what we know, cause not every single shooting gets media attention, but…You get an on-air shooting, a club shooting, three policeman involved shooting, a full assault on policemen… And the list just keep going on. How long till the senate get real and realize that though every american has a right to have a gun, nor everyone should. Every right ends when someone elses’s right starts, and one should argue that the right to not be shot is kind of more important than the right to someone carry a gun and shoot anyone they want. If there are rules to own a house, own a land, study, work, which every american have a right to have… Why shouldn’t be rules, and tough ones at that, to buy a gun? Come on!

  7. Preacher Book says:

    Yeah, think? Kudos to the network for a little sensitivity in these times.