In light of current events, USA Network has opted to postpone the launch of its sniper drama Shooter until fall. “After further consideration, USA Network, Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided to move the premiere of Shooter to the fall,” a USA rep said in a statement.
The move comes a week after USA pushed the Ryan Phillippe-fronted series’ debut from July 19 to July 26 in the wake of the July 7 ambush of Dallas police officers that left five dead and several others wounded. Since that initial delay, another ambush-style attack took place this past Sunday in Baton Rouge, LA., that claimed the lives of three law enforcement officers.
Based on a Stephen Hunter novel (Point of Impact) and the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film, Shooter stars Phillippe 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.
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.