Saying a plotline in Wednesday's season finale of "Mr. Robot" reflected the real-life shooting tragedy in Virginia Wednesday morning, USA said it will pull the episode and instead air it next week.
"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 move, suffice it to say, is highly unusual though hardly unprecedented. (In one notable example that comes to mind -- there have been a handful of other instances -- the WB postponed an episode of its big hit, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," because it featured a high school student loading a rifle; the episode was to have aired shortly after the Columbine school shooting). USA's "Robot" -- a conspiracy thriller starring Rami Malek as "cyber-vigilante" Elliot Alderson -- is filmed in New York, and has been a notable critical and audience success for the network.
Two members of a Roanoke TV station -- reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward -- were slain during a live feed Wednesday morning; the gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, a former reporter at the station WDBJ where both Parker and Ward worked, later shot himself during a police pursuit. USA declined further comment. A repeat of last week's episode will air tonight, while the finale will air Wednesday, Sept. 2.