IFC Delays 'Documentary Now!' Episode Over Virginia TV Shooting

The 'Vice' parody episode, originally set to premiere Thursday, depicted journalists being killed.
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Another cable network is altering its schedule in the wake of Wednesday's Virginia TV-station shooting.

IFC will delay a Vice-inspired episode of its first-year satire series Documentary Now! that was set to air Thursday night, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The episode, titled "Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon," follows courageous journalists who travel to Mexico to track down a drug lord. During the episode, reporters are killed, which is why IFC is pushing back the airdate.

"In light of yesterday's tragic events, IFC decided to air 'Kunuk' as tonight's episode of Documentary Now! in place of 'Dronez,' " said the network in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the victims."

The "Dronez" episode now will air on Thursday, Sept. 3.

IFC follows in the footsteps of USA Network, which announced Wednesday its decision to push back the season finale of hacker drama Mr. Robot one week to Sept. 2 because of similarities between the plot and Wednesday's tragic events.

Reporter Alison Parker was killed on live TV Wednesday while conducting an interview for WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. Photographer Adam Ward and Vicki Gardner, the individual who was being interviewed by Parker, also were shot. Ward died from his injuries, while Gardner is in stable condition. The gunman, former WDBJ employee Vester Lee Flanagan II, shot himself after the attack and died of his injuries at a nearby hospital.

Starring Saturday Night Live alums Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, Documentary Now! parodies a different famous documentary in every episode, ranging from Grey Gardens to The Thin Blue Line.

The series airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on IFC.

Aug. 27, 1:20 p.m. Updated with new airdate for "Dronez" episode.

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