USA ‘Shooter’ Now Pushed to Fall 2016 After Baton Rouge Shooting
Gun violence in America was enough of an issue without USA frantically trying to schedule its Shooter adaptation around mass shootings, and it seems another rash of destruction has the network on edge. Following an already-delayed premiere, Shooter will now move to fall 2016 in deference to the Baton Rouge attacks, potentially even changing its title.
Where previously USA moved the Ryan Phillippe sniper drama from July 19 to July 27 out of respect for the Dallas attacks that killed five police offers, the recent shootings in Baton Rouge have the network again changing tactics. The premiere will now take place in fall 2016, though Indiewire suggests November at the earliest, not wanting to coincide with the 2016 election.
After further consideration, USA Network, Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided to move the premiere of ‘Shooter’ to the fall.
That said, there’s no exact reason to expect that gun violence will prove any less topical in November, for which other sources suggest that the series may drop the Shooter title altogether. The series is based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film of the same name, though both draw inspiration from 1993 Stephen Hunter novel Point of Impact.
As with the 2007 film, USA’s 10-episode Shooter follows a U.S. veteran hero wrongly accused of a crime, and desperate to clear his name in order to return to his family. Phillippe takes the title role, alongside Omar Epps and Arrow vet Cynthia Addai-Robinson.
This marks the second time USA has pushed a premiere over topical events, last year rescheduling the finale of Mr. Robot’s first season over similarities to the on-air killings in Virginia, while TNT’s The Last Ship pushed its Season 3 premiere over similarities to the Orlando nightclub shootings.
You can watch the Shooter trailer below, and catch the premiere in fall 2016, assuming USA doesn’t change course again.