USA’s new hacker series Mr. Robot hasn’t even officially premiered and it’s already been renewed for a second season with a minimum of 10 episodes that will air in 2016.
The techno-thriller was given a major pre-linear rollout last month ahead of its premiere which definitely boosted USA’s vote of confidence considering the fact that it garnered nearly 3 million views.
“We knew from the moment we read Sam Esmail’s provocative script, and witnessed the brilliant performances of Rami Malek and Christian Slater, that Mr. Robot is a stand-out series that is unlike anything currently on television,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber. “The overwhelmingly positive fan reactions to the pilot and the broad sampling of it, reaffirms our confidence in the series, and we’re excited to see where this timely drama will take us for season two.”
“Sam Esmail has captured and distilled our ongoing cultural conversation about identity, privacy, value and self-worth,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We are all talking about the central themes of Mr. Robot – Sam has just done it in a completely original and uniquely compelling way.”
The series follows Elliot (Rami Malek, “The Pacific”), a young programmer, who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroad when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group (Christian Slater, “The Adderall Diaries”) recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world.
From Universal Cable Productions, this contemporary and culturally resonant drama also stars Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon”).
Mr. Robot premieres Wednesday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network.