‘Mr. Robot’ Renewed for Season 3 at USA Network

 

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MR. ROBOT — “eps2.2_init_1.asec” Episode 204 — Pictured: (l-r) Christian Slater as Mr. Robot, Rami Malek as Eliot Anderson — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/USA Network)

USA Network’s Mr. Robot has officially been renewed for a third season with episodes slated to air in 2017.

The Universal Cable Production series is  six episodes into the second season and was recently nominated for six Primetime Emmys including best drama series and best actor for star Rami Malek.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Mr. Robot, a series that has pushed boundaries, captured the cultural zeitgeist, and been honored as one of the best dramas on television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Midway through its second season, Mr. Robot continues to break new ground and open up new opportunities for the network. We can’t wait to see where Sam Esmail and the entire brilliant Robot team take us next.”

“Being the home studio for this wonderful, completely original show is an exhilarating experience.  Sam and company just keep taking it to another level,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President, Universal Cable Productions.  “We can’t wait to get going on Season 3… as soon as we finish Season 2!” 

Fans of the techno-thriller can catch up on Season 2 on demand or at USANetwork.com; put yourself in the middle of a pivotal scene from Elliot’s past, via an original, 12-minute virtual reality experience written by Esmail; dig deep into clues and uncover Easter Eggs from the series at whoismrrobot.com; preorder the book from Esmail and series writer Courtney Looney; and watch the series from the beginning on Amazon Prime.

Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control. 

The series stars Malek, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen.

Mr. Robot has done incredibly well since the series premiere and earned two Golden Globe Awards including a win for Best Drama; a Peabody Award; a SAG Award nomination and three Critics’ Choice Awards; a Writers Guild Award for Best New Series and the TCA Award for Outstanding New Program. The series was also selected for an AFI Award for Television Program of the Year and was an official selection at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, writer and executive producer Esmail (Comet) as well as Anonymous Content executive producers Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).

 

Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA.

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Premiere Preview: One Month Later

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MR. ROBOT — “eps2.0_unm4sk%u2010pt2.tc” Episode 202 — Pictured: Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/USA Network)

Fsociety, man!

Our favorite hacker-drama series Mr. Robot is back! USA Network’s critically acclaimed series returns for a 10-episode second season on Wednesday, July 13 with every episode written and directed by Sam Esmail. Let’s not leave out the amazing music from Mac Quayle.

 

The season one finale left us with a lot of unanswered questions: Elliot succeed in taking down E Corp, but did he really? We saw the CEO, Phillip Price, tell someone that he knows who’s responsible. The trailer (seen below) makes us feel crazier than we did the first time around.

Back in January at the Television Critics Association, Esmail revealed the “there will be a lot more backstory shown in season two…and the timeline will be a little clearer.”

The techno-thriller follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.

Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network.

Official Synopsis:

back. one month later and omfg, five/nine changed the world. elliot in seclusion. angela happy at evil corp. fsociety delivers malicious payload. TANGO DOWN?

The season 2 trailer:

Here are some stills from Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 1:

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USA Sets ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Premiere Date

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USA Network’s critically acclaimed series Mr. Robot will return for a second season on Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c, it was announced today. Executive Producer and creator Sam Esmail will direct the entire 10-episode second season.

The season finale left us with a lot of unanswered questions. Elliot succeed in taking down E Corp, but did he really? We saw the CEO, Phillip Price, tell someone that he knows who’s responsible. The network released a teaser trailer, seen below, that shows absolutely zero footage from the upcoming season, but who the hell is knocking on Elliot’s door? What happened to Tyrell? And what about Angela now that she’s embedded in Evil Corp? EW has an exclusive first look at footage from the new season.

Back in January at the Television Critics Association, Esmail revealed the “there will be a lot more backstory shown in season two…and the timeline will be a little clearer.”

The techno-thriller follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.

The series became an instant hit after it exploded on the scene at SXSW in 2015. Mr. Robot won the coveted audience award in the Episodics category and returned to Austin this past March and brought Coney Island and fsociety to Austin.

Mr. Robot stars Golden Globe Award and SAG® Award Nominee Malek (The Pacific), Golden Globe Award Winner Slater (Nymphomaniac), Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Martin Wallström (Simple Simon), Grace Gummer (Extant), Michael Cristofer (Ray Donovan) and Stephanie Corneliussen (Legends of Tomorrow).

New recurring guest stars include Craig Robinson (The Office), hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$, Sandrine Holt (Fear The Walking Dead), Michael Maize (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Dorothi Fox (Run All Night) and Luke Robertson (The Americans). Returning cast members include BD Wong (Law & Order: SVU), Gloria Reuben (Saints & Sinners), Michael Drayer (Vinyl), Michel Gill (House of Cards), Ron Cephas Jones (The Blacklist), Sunita Mani (5 Stages), Azhar Khan (Veep) and Ben Rappaport (The Good Wife).

The drama hails from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (Comet) as well as Anonymous Content executive producers Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).

Photo and Video Credit: USA Network

‘Mr. Robot’ Returns to SXSW with Hacker Arcade, Lounge and Ferris Wheel

Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek as Elliot, Christian Slater as Mr. Robot -- (Photo by: David Giesbrecht/USA Network) TBD on USA Network

USA’s hacker series Mr. Robot is returning to SXSW in Austin this March with some fun activations to get you back on that paranoid-inducing roller coaster…or shall I say Ferris Wheel.

The 4-Day activation includes an expansive re-creation of the Hacker Den with customized games and giveaways for festival-goers in Downtown Austin from March 11 through March 14.

The massive re-imagination will consume the full Congress Avenue parking lot with more than six customized experiences. Throughout the festival, USA will distribute promotional giveaways including t-shirts, fsociety masks and shareable photos.

Complete elements of the fsociety Coney Island arcade experience include:

  • MR. ROBOT FERRIS WHEEL – A nod to the series’ iconic backdrop, the first of its kind, 100-foot Ferris wheel will stand in the heart of downtown Austin (West 4th Street and Congress). From 11:00am – 10:00pm, fans can board one of the 20-branded gondolas for a full, complimentary 360-degree view of the city.
  • HACKER ARCADESimilar to the underground fsociety lair, the recreated arcade will feature popular retro games for attendees.
  • PHOTO BOOTH – To become one of the fsociety hackers, festival-goers can stop by the provocative MR. ROBOT photo booth and share the creed of the 99%. They’ll be immersed in the story and stand alongside the hacktivists behind the masks.
  • THEMED GIVEAWAY – In tandem with the 90’s style of the drama series, consumers can visit the screen-printing t-shirt bar and walk away with their own wearable, limited-edition custom MR. ROBOT prints.
  • GRAFFITI ART INSTALLATION – Standing 8-feet tall, the freestanding art wall will display MR. ROBOT fsociety wild postings and stencil artwork.\
  • HACKER LOUNGE – To unwind, fans can relax in the vintage, basement-inspired hacker lounge with monitors playing the series’ pilot episode daily.

The weekend won’t be complete without a panel discussion on “Authenticity on TV” with Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater as well as executive producer Sam Esmail. The one-hour Q&A takes place on Sunday, March 13 at 12:30pm at the Austin Convention Center (Ballroom EFG, 531 E 4th St.) where panelists will discuss the realistic depiction of tech culture on the hit series and why authenticity matters when it comes to attracting and maintaining contemporary audiences.

Mr. Robot had its world premiere at last year’s SXSW and won the coveted audience award in the Episodics category and just recently nabbed two Golden Globe  Awards for Best TV Drama and Best Supporting Actor, Christian Slater.

Check out the rendering of what’s to come at SXSW and get ready to become immersed in fsociety once again.

Mr. Robot returns for Season 2 this summer on USA.

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USA Renews ‘Mr. Robot’ Prior to Series Debut

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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.

 

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USA Sets Summer Premiere Dates for ‘Suits,’ Graceland,’ ‘Playing House,’ and More

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At their annual Upfront presentation, USA Network announced their summer premiere lineup including returning shows Suits, Graceland, Playing House, Royal Pains and Chrisley Knows Best. The network also revealed series premiere dates for their new dramas Mr. Robot and Complications.

Hacker drama Mr. Robot, starring Christian Slater (The Adderall Diaries) and Rami Malek (The Pacific), will premiere on Wednesday, June 24 at 10/9c. The series recently won the SXSW Audience Awards and is an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Burn Notice creator Matt Nix returns to the network this summer as the creator and executive producer of Complications, an unpredictable thriller starring Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl). The series premieres with a two-hour event, featuring new back-to-back one-hour episodes on Thursday, June 18 at 9/8c.

The cabler also announced that they are expanding their commitment to the live action entertainment company WWE, bringing SmackDown to its lineup in 2016, joining Monday Night Raw and reality series WWE Tough Enough.

USA provided series descriptions and schedule information:

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TUESDAY, JUNE 2 

CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST 9/8c

Season three of CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST promises even more over–the-top Todd Chrisley moments, as he and his wife Julie continue to raise their two teenagers, Chase and Savannah, eight-year-old son Grayson and two-year-old granddaughter Chloe – all under one roofThe 18-episode third season will air in two parts with 12 episodes this summer.

ROYAL PAINS 10/9 c

Season seven of ROYAL PAINS brings us back to the sun-drenched Hamptons with Hank (Mark Feuerstein) setting his sights on obtaining what’s been missing in his life, while Evan (Paulo Costanzo) juggles his promotion with his desire to start a family with Paige (Brooke D’Orsay) and Divya (Reshma Shetty) fights to keep her family together. The series also stars Ben Shenkman and Campbell Scott.

Jason O'Mara as Dr. John Ellison -- (Photo by: Daniel McFadden/USA Network)

Jason O’Mara as Dr. John Ellison — (Photo by: Daniel McFadden/USA Network)

THURSDAY, JUNE 18

COMPLICATIONS 9/8c and 10/9c

From the creator of Burn Notice, comes the fast-paced and unpredictable thriller, COMPLICATIONS.  The series stars Jason O’Mara as Dr. John Ellison, a suburban doctor who, while still dealing with the emotional effects of his daughter’s death, intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life. The series also stars Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf (Leverage), and Lauren Stamile (Burn Notice).

TUESDAY, JUNE 23

WWE TOUGH ENOUGH 8/7c

WWE TOUGH ENOUGH is an action-packed competition reality show from the ratings juggernaut WWE.  Featuring a new format, with live elements, the series gives unknown athletes a chance at being crowned the next WWE Superstar or Diva.  Fans can expect harder challenges, fiercer competition and rivalries that are more dramatic than ever.

Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek as Elliot, Christian Slater as Mr. Robot -- (Photo by: David Giesbrecht/USA Network) TBD on USA Network

Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek and Christian Slater — (Photo by: David Giesbrecht/USA Network)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24

SUITS 9/8c

In the fifth season premiere, Pearson Specter Litt has scored a hard-fought victory, but the fight has left the firm shaken. Although she avoided jail time, Donna (Sarah Rafferty) has left Harvey (Gabriel Macht), after more than a decade of working together. She is now working for his long-time rival Louis (Rick Hoffman). And while Jessica (Gina Torres) readjusts to being single, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) are giddy after his marriage proposal.

MR. ROBOT 10/9c

This techno thriller follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night.  When the mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect, he must make the decision of a lifetime.  MR. ROBOT also stars Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) and Martin Wallström (Simple Simon).

Pictured: Daniel Sunjata as Paul Briggs -- (Photo by: Jeff Daly/USA Network)

Pictured: Daniel Sunjata as Paul Briggs — (Photo by: Jeff Daly/USA Network)

THURSDAY, JUNE 25

GRACELAND 10/9c

Season three resumes after an attack on Mike (Aaron Tveit).  Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) gets coerced into a high-risk operation, while his pregnant counterpart Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) is on a mission to find the person who nearly killed her. Joe ‘Johnny’ Tuturro (Manny Montana), Dale Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren) and Paige (Serinda Swan) each seek normalcy as federal agents with the FBI, DEA and ICE living in an undercover world of their own.

Pictured: (l-r) Lennon Parham as Maggie Caruso, Jessica St. Claire as Emma Crawford -- (Photo by: Jaimie Trueblood/USA Network)

(Photo by: Jaimie Trueblood/USA Network)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4

PLAYING HOUSE 10/9c

The critically acclaimed comedy returns for a season two with an innovative windowing structure that, each week, will allow viewers to preview next week’s episode on their Video-On-Demand platforms.  Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair) are in store for their biggest adventure yet — raising a baby.  This season, Maggie and Emma navigate their way through life as co-parents to Maggie’s daughter Charlotte.  The colorful residents of Pinebrook, CT also return, including Emma’s first love Mark (Keegan Michael Key).

Photo Credit: USA Network

TV Shows Invade Week One of SXSW

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SXSW isn’t just for the tech, music and film industry anymore. The TV world is officially making its presence known with cool installations, photo opportunities, branded transportation and more. Networks and studios are coming up with new and interesting ways to grow their audience by expanding on their existing brand recognition and just stepping it up a notch.

Here’s what we saw in Austin this week:

HBO

HBO celebrated the upcoming season premiere of their hit series Game of Thrones by creating a #SXSWesteros interactive exhibit. Fans were able to sit on the Iron Throne,  participate in an interactive sword training game and even taste the new Game of Thrones-themed beer, a Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale from the Ommegang brewery. HBO joined forces with a production company called Red Paper Heart, along with Civic Entertainment Group, to create an interactive sword-fighting experience whereby attendees would pose for a portrait, then step up onto a stage and hit a target using a replica of Arya’s wooden practice sword. The more accurate you were, the more your picture would project onscreen. Users were then able to email themselves their portrait at the end.

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

In celebration of the release of Catch the Thrones: The Mixtape, Vol. 2, HBO set up a social media vending machine that gave out prizes including a Catch the Throne iPhone case. Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli are just a couple of artists that are featured on the mixtape that you can check out below.

FOX

FOX decided to get in on the food truck bandwagon in Austin by sending out a Simpsons-themed Kwik-E-Mart Truck of their own. The popup served over 3,400 squishees and claim to have given out the frozen sugar water at a rate of “2.6 Squishees per minute.”

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NatGeo

National Geographic Channel presented attendees with an opportunity to check out their “Escape the Cold” simulator in advance of the season 3 premiere of Life Below Zero on April 9. Fans entered the cold climate of Alaska and had to complete challenges in order to get back to the warmth of Austin, TX.

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USA Network

The cable networks upcoming hacker series Mr. Robot, starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater, definitely made their presence known by sending out a street team of guys wearing all black with Mr. Robot black hoodies and sunglasses on, walking around Austin in silence. Kind of like how the guards outside of Buckingham Palace don’t speak or move. It was sort of creepy, but it goes along with the vibe of the show which premieres in June 2015. The series will debut at SXSW on March 17 and was selected as one of five TV series to appear in the Episodic Screenings, a relatively new category for SXSW Film. Other shows included The CW’s iZombie, Lifetime’s UnReal, Rashida Jones’ Angie Tribeca and FX’s The Comedians. 

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FX Networks

FX did a little something different. They took over an already existing establishment, creating the “FX Fearless Factory” where they told SXSW-goers to be Be Fearless. The installation had something fun for everyone including:

  • Interactive FXNOW App Wall
  • The Strain Evolution Gallery
  • The FX FEARLESS Social Vending Machine
  • Free Craft Coffee From Austin’s Flat Track
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Custom Giveaways And More

Visitors were treated to donuts from Little Lucy’s of Austin and could even get their own custom rigged Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll T-shirt.

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NBC

What better way to promote the second season of a show than by kicking off a comedy tour featuring the stars of the series. Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman performed at Esther’s Follies on Saturday night and I’m not gonna lie, they were pretty freaking hilarious. Make sure to tune in to the season 2 premiere of Undateable on Tuesday, March 17 at 9/8c.

Photo Credit: Chris McLaughlin

Photo Credit: Chris McLaughlin

Saturday Night Live had a 40th Anniversary Virtual Reality Experience Presented by Samsung Gear VR on site. Cast member Vanessa Bayer, producer Erik Kenward, and filmmaker Chris Milk were on hand to guide attendees through the experience, which allowed users to sit in on pieces of the SNL 40th (specifically, Jerry Seinfeld’s audience Q&A) as if there were part of the audience.

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A&E

SXSW wouldn’t be complete without a replica of the Bates Motel to help promote the new season which premiered on March 9. In just three days, A&E had built The Bates Motel, a fully-immersive live activation based on the hit thriller by the same name. The motel will open its doors throughout the festival to let fans truly experience the world of Norman Bates, complete with authentic décor, show props designed with the series producers, a Bates-themed Tumblr GIF booth and eerie surprises around every (dimly-lit) corner.

Fans could even enter to win a night’s stay in one of the three fully-functional replica rooms which included:

·       “Special” brownies – often found in White Pine Bay – from local bakery Delish;
·       Maid and turndown service from leading-service booking platform Handy;
·       Bates Motel-themed welcome packages from Austin-based Tito’s Vodka; and
·       “Minibar room service” from liquor delivery service Drizly.

A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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CBS

CBS provided free rides for attendees of SXSW courtesy of Battle Creek and CSI: Cyber.

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CW – iZombie

Last but not least, was The CW / Buzzfeed party in celebration of the series premiere of iZombie on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The “Party Til You’re UNDEAD” party came with everything you hoped for in an undead party, including 3D printed candy brains and even zombie hosted bartenders serving “Brain Appétit”-themed drinks.

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