USA Network has postponed the season finale of their hit first-year show Mr. Robot, which was slated to air tonight, Wednesday, August 26 at 10 PM ET, to Wednesday, September 2 at 10 PM ET. The postponement comes in the wake of a tragic shooting in Virginia this morning, that mirrors a scene in the finale. Here's a statement released by the network regarding the finale's postponement.
"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."
TV Line reports that the finale, entitled "eps1.9_zer0-day.avi", was previously edited to include the addition of a reference to the recent Ashley Madison hack. All of the Season 1 episodes were given file name titles similar to the finale. The series was already renewed for a second season, just before the series premiere aired back in June.
At approximately 6:45 AM EST today, WDBJ-7 reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed during a live on-air segment at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, VA. Their interview subject, Vicki Gardner, was also shot but survived, and is resting in stable condition after surgery. The suspected gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan aka Bryce Williams, shot himself after being chased by police on Interstate 66, and he later died at a local hospital.
Mr. Robot follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world. The supporting cast includes Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallström and Michael Gill.