Ryan Phillippe's sniper drama postponed after Dallas shootings


The American premiere of Ryan Phillippe's new TV show about a sniper has been postponed in the wake of the shootings in Dallas.

Shooter stars Cruel Intentions actor Ryan as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president.

The show will premiere on America's USA network on July 26, a week later than originally scheduled, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The drama opens with the sound of a gunshot along with real-life images of historical incidents of gun violence.

A network spokesman told THR: "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."

The show, which also stars Omar Epps is based on the 2007 film of the same name, which starred Mark Wahlberg.

Last year USA delayed the series one finale of Mr Robot because of a scene in which a man shot himself on live TV, shortly after the real-life on-air shooting of a reporter in Virginia.