This represents the second time “Shooter” has been delayed. The show was originally scheduled to premiere on July 19, but was pushed back to July 27 in the wake of recent shootings, including the attack on police in Dallas.
But now with additional shootings dominating headlines, including the most recent Baton Rouge police killings, the network and studios Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided the climate isn’t right this summer for the show.
“After further consideration, USA Network, Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided to move the premiere of ‘Shooter’ to the fall,” the companies said in a statement.
A network insider said that will likely push the “Shooter” premiere to at least November, as USA won’t want to debut the show during the presidential campaign season.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that the subject of guns and shootings in America will have cooled by later in the fall either. That’s why sources say other changes are also on table, including the possibility of altering the series’ title.
The hiccup there: “Shooter” is based on the 2007 film of the same name. Of course, the series is also based on the Stephen Hunter novel “Point of Impact,” which could be another title option.
“Shooter” stars Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger, an ex-Marine sniper called back into duty after it’s revealed there’s a plot to kill the president. Omar Epps also stars, along with Eddie McClintock, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Shantel Vansanten.
Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Lorenzo di Bonaventura executive produce, while writer John Hlavin (“The Shield”) is also executive producer. Simon Cellan Jones (“Bloodline”) directed the pilot.