USA network has moved the premiere of drama series “Shooter” to fall. The move comes as gun violence has overtaken the news, with deadly shootings in Orlando, Minnesota, Baton Rouge and Dallas generating intense media scrutiny and in some cases sparking protests nationwide.
Production on the series, currently being filmed in Santa Clarita, Calif., will continue uninterrupted, signaling that USA remains committed to airing the show. No specific premiere date has yet been set.
“Shooter” stars Ryan Phillippe as a sniper and U.S. military veteran who attempts to clear his name after being wrongly accused of a crime. The series had originally been scheduled to premiere July 19, but was pushed last week to July 26 following the murder of five police officers by a sniper in Dallas.
“In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we have decided to postpone the premiere date for the upcoming USA Network series ‘Shooter,’ to July 26,” a USA spokesperson said at the time.
“Shooter,” which received a 10-episode season-one order from USA in February, is based on the 2007 feature film starring Mark Wahlberg — which was based on the bestselling novel by Stephen Hunter. That book, “Point of Impact,” is the first in a series of novels about the protagonist Bob Lee Swagger. A title change for the television series prior to its eventual premiere remains a possibility.
Hailing from Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions, “Shooter” is executive produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, of Leverage Entertainment and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The pilot was written by John Hlavin, who also executive produces, and directed by Simon Cellan Jones.