USA ‘Mr. Robot’ Finale Postponed Over ‘Graphic’ Similarity to On-Air Virginia Shooting
A culmination of its breakout critical success, USA hacker drama Mr. Robot had previously scheduled to air its first season finale later tonight, but has now been delayed. USA issued a press release postponing the broadcast over “similar” depicted events to the tragic on-air shootings that occurred in Virginia early Wednesday morning.
Where Mr. Robot follows a reclusive and unstable hacker aligning himself with a group out to thwart an evil corporation, USA confirmed that it would push back airing of tonight’s finale “eps1.9zer0-daY.avi” to September 2, out of sensitivity to this morning’s tragedy:
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.
For those unaware, Mr. Robot centers around Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cybersecurity engineer struggling with social anxiety and clinical depression, who moonlights as a cyber-vigilante hacker. He is recruited by a mysterious anarchist known as “Mr. Robot” (Christian Slater), and joins his “fsociety” group in order to wipe out sinister international conglomerate E[vil] Corp. Already renewed for Season 2, the series also stars Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström and House of Cards alum Michel Gill.
An understandable precaution to take, especially so soon after a troubling day. Mr. Robot will wrap its critically-revered first season on September 2.