USA Postpones Tonight’s Mr. Robot Finale Due to Similarities With Virginia Shootings

Episode will air next Wednesday, instead

Today's horrific shootings in Virginia, where a TV reporter and photographer were killed by a former colleague and another woman was wounded, have prompted USA to postpone tonight's season finale of Mr. Robot. 

"The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today's tragic events in Virginia," the network said in a statement. "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 will instead air next Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 10 p.m. ET. The network noted that the episode will run "in its entirety," meaning it will not edit out the scene in question. Tonight, USA will substitute a repeat of the show's ninth episode, which aired last week.

Mr. Robot has been this summer's most buzzed-about new show. USA  took an unconventional approach when it launched the series, releasing the pilot several weeks early on almost every digital platform. The network's efforts paid off, as it quickly renewed the series for a second season even before the first one debuted.