Last night, the hit summer series Mr. Robot was supposed to air its first season finale on USA Network. However, the was pulled in light of the horrific shootings in Virginia, where former employee at WDBJ in Roanoke, Vester Lee Flanagan II, murdered reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward while they were live on the air. According to USA, a scene in the Mr. Robot season finale, obviously shot well before yesterday’s events, happened to be similar enough in nature to the shootings that the network understandably thought it would be disrespectful to air it so soon after the tragedy. USA re-ran the penultimate episode of Mr. Robot Season 1 last night, and will air the season finale in its entirety Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 10pm ET.
Here’s the statement from USA Network:
“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 Mr. Robot season finale airs Sept. 2 at 10pm ET on USA Network.
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