The premiere of a new USA Network drama series has been moved back for the second time, as the project appears to have become too sensitive in light of recent tragedies. After originally announcing in the wake of the Dallas police shootings that it was pushing the “Shooter” premiere by one week, to July 19, the cable network has now decided to push the premiere to fall.
“The move comes as gun violence has overtaken the news, with deadly shootings in Orlando, Minnesota, Baton Rouge and Dallas generating intense media scrutiny and in some cases sparking protests nationwide,” Variety reports. “Production on the series, currently being filmed in Santa Clarita, Calif., will continue uninterrupted, signaling that USA remains committed to airing the show. No specific premiere date has yet been set.”
“Shooter,” which stars Ryan Phillippe, is based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg movie, and has a 10-episode order at the cable network. If focuses on a sniper and U.S. military veteran who’s wrongly accused of a crime.