USA Network has pushed the premiere of conspiracy thriller Shooter to the fall, EW has learned.
Sources say the studio and the network are standing behind Shooter, which tells a very different story than what’s happening in real life in the news — the show features a military veteran and American hero wrongfully accused of a crime — but feel the timing isn’t appropriate.
Shooter is based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film of the same name, which was itself based on Stephen Hunter’s novel Point of Impact. The series stars Ryan Phillippe as a former Marine marksman who is forced to revisit his treacherous past after learning of a conspiracy to kill the president.
The news comes on the heels of the network initially delaying the debut of the show a week in the wake of the recent sniper attack in Dallas that left five police officers dead and seven others wounded.
In light of the subject matter, USA has partnered with veterans groups such as Got Your 6, which works to bring accuracy and sensitivity to depictions of veterans in film and television.