Rami Malek, left, and Christian Slater star in "Mr. Robot" on the USA Network (USA Network Photo).
LOS ANGELES - USA Network has postponed tonight’s season finale of the hit series “Mr. Robot” until next week because the episode includes a scene with similarities to the real-life murders that occurred on live TV this morning in Virginia.
The "Mr. Robot" finale will now air Sept. 2 in the show’s regular 10 p.m. time slot.
“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,” USA said in a statement.
Earlier today, WDBJ-TV reporter, Alison Parker, and cameraman, Adam Ward, for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va., were shot and killed during a live segment for the station’s morning news show. The apparent killer is a former co-worker who posted video of the shootings on Facebook and ranted on Twitter after fleeing the scene. Both social media accounts were suspended. The suspect fatally shot himself at the end of a freeway police chase.
“Mr. Robot” has become a sleeper hit for USA since premiering in June. The series, starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater, follows a young computer programmer suffering from social anxiety disorder who is recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot, who battles evil in corporate America.