IFC has decided to postpone Thursday’s episode of Documentary Now! in the wake of the shooting deaths of a Virginia reporter and photojournalist on live television.
Titled “Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon,” the episode of the mockumentary series lampoons the Vice-style of documentary storytelling, and follows two journalists (played by series stars Bill Hader and Fred Armisen) as they try to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel. Because “Dronez” includes a scene in which journalists are murdered, the network will delay the episode, which was initially slated to air Thursday night at 10 p.m., to a date to be determined. (UPDATE: IFC has now rescheduled the episode for next Thursday, Sept. 3.) Instead, the network will present a different episode, “Kunuk Uncovered,” which investigates the veracity of seminal documentary “Kunuk The Hunter.”
IFC’s statement reads: “In light of yesterday’s tragic events, IFC decided to air ‘Kunuk’ as tonight’s episode of Documentary Now! in place of ‘Dronez.’ Our thoughts are with the victims.”
Following the deaths of WDBJ7’s Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, USA announced that it was delaying the finale of Mr. Robot, which was scheduled to air Wednesday night, until next week. The season’s final episode of the hacker drama contains a scene that was “similar in nature” to the double homicide.