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WDBJ tragedy prompts 2 TV networks to postpone episodes

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Aug 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-28 11:43:07-04

In the wake of two television journalists being shot and killed during a live report this week, two cable networks have postponed airing TV series episodes that echo the tragedy.

According to the Associated Press, the IFC network decided to push back the premiere of an episode of its comedy series "Documentary Now!" in which two TV reporters are killed on camera. The episode was scheduled to air Thursday but will air next week, IFC network officials said Friday.

On Wednesday, USA Network announced it would delay airing a scheduled episode of its series "Mr. Robot" out of respect to shooting victims Alison Parker and Adam Ward. According to CNN, the episode in question included a "graphic scene similar in nature to [Wednesday's shooting]."

The delayed "Mr. Robot" episode will air Sept. 2, a week after it was originally scheduled to run.

On Wednesday, Parker and Ward, a reporter and photographer for Virginia's WDBJ-TV, were shot and killed while doing a live broadcast. The pair's suspected killer later shot himself and died at a hospital.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.