USA Delays 'Mr. Robot' Finale Over Scene Similar to Virginia Shootings

Plot Point Mirrors Live News Crew Slaying Wednesday Morning

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Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson and Christian Slater as Mr. Robot in USA's 'Mr. Robot.'
Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson and Christian Slater as Mr. Robot in USA's 'Mr. Robot.' Credit: Virginia Sherwood/USA Network
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Fans of USA's taut techno-thriller "Mr. Robot" will have to wait another week to watch the season finale, as the NBC Universal network has pushed the broadcast date back in light of Wednesday morning's shooting in Virginia.

USA said late Wednesday that an unfortunate, unforeseeable coincidence prohibited it from airing the episode so soon after the shocking murder of two members of the WDBJ-7 news crew.

"The previously filmed season finale of 'Mr. Robot' contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today's tragic events in Virginia," USA said. "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 one-hour season finale will air Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 10 p.m.

Renewed for a second season hours before its series premiere, "Mr. Robot" is USA's second highest-rated show, behind the veteran legal strip "Suits." The vigilante-hacker drama is the network's most critically acclaimed, buzzworthy effort in recent memory, and a welcome departure from the pervasive "Blue Skies" formula that held sway at USA for so many years.

In lieu of showing the finale on Wednesday night, USA said it would re-air the season's penultimate episode.

The killings of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and camera operator Adam Ward were particularly horrifying, as they were filmed twice -- once by Mr. Ward, who was transmitting live when the shooting began, and once by the killer, whom officials said was a disgruntled former WDBJ reporter. The 41-year-old gunman shot himself before Franklin County police could take him into custody, according to officials.

The killer posted his video of the shootings to his Facebook page and on Twitter. Both accounts were suspended shortly after the video went live, but dozens of online outlets, including YouTube, subsequently picked up the footage. Administrators for the majority of those sites have since taken the videos down.

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