It was announced on Monday that USA Network had delayed the premiere of their new sniper drama, Shooter, due to the wake of the sniper’s July 7th ambush of Dallas police officers that left five dead and several others wounded.
Based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film, Shooter stars Ryan 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.
“In the light of recent tragic events and out of respect of the victims, their families and out viewers, we have decided to postpone the premiere date for the upcoming USA Network series Shooter to July 26,” a USA Network rep said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
USA Network’s scheduling sensitivity comes on the heels of TNT when they pushed back the Season 3 premiere of The Last Ship, which featured a nightclub shooting that echoed the June 12 massacre at an Orlando nightclub.
USA Network did 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.
You can catch the premiere of Shooter, Tuesday, July 26th.