IFC Is the Second Network to Postpone a Show That Echoes Virginia Shootings

Delays Documentary Now! episode featuring slain journalists

A second network has decided to delay an episode of one of its shows because of similarities with Wednesday's tragic shootings in Virginia. 

IFC is postponing tonight's episode of Documentary Now!, its new comedy series created by Saturday Night Live alums Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. The series features send-ups of some of the most influential documentaries from the last 30 years.

The episode "Dronez" satirizes a Vice-like news organization, Dronez, which sends ultrahipster reporters to Juarez, Mexico, in search of a drug cartel head named El Chingon. Hader and Armisen play reporters who get murdered on camera while trying to hunt him down. 

"In light of yesterday's tragic events, IFC decided to air 'Kunuk' as tonight's episode of Documentary Now! in place of 'Dronez.' Our thoughts are with the victims," the network said in a statement. "Dronez," will instead air next Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m.

This makes IFC the second network in 24 hours to delay an episode because of similarities to the Virginia shootings; a TV reporter and photographer were killed on air by a former colleague, and the woman they were interviewing was wounded.

Within hours of the murders, USA postponed the season finale of Mr. Robot, initially scheduled to air that night, because it "contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today's tragic events in Virginia," the network said. It will broadcast the episode next Wednesday, Sept. 2. 

Vice and IFC had earlier posted the "Dronez" episode on their respective websites, but both videos have been removed. IFC is instead showing Documentary Now!'s first episode, the Grey Gardens spoof "Sandy Passage," which aired Aug. 20. Vice's site now features a trailer for the series and a scene from the "Dronez" episode.

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