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

 

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)

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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USA Network Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Falling Water’ and ‘Eyewitness’

FALLING WATER -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Lizzie Brochere as Tess -- (Photo by: Giovanni Rufino/USA Network)

At the Television Critics Association summer session, USA Network announced the premiere dates  for their newest original drama series Falling Water and Eyewitness.

The one-hour drama Falling Water is set to premiere on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10/9c. The series is the story of three unrelated people who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. The deeper they dig, the more they come to realize that the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world. Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story: Asylum), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) and Will Yun Lee (Hawaii 5-0) star.

The series hails from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd  (The Walking Dead), Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and Universal Cable Productions, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) directing the pilot. The late Emmy Award-Winner Henry Bromell (Homeland) executive produced the pilot as well.

 

From fexecutive producer Adi Hasak (Shades of Blue) and Universal Cable Productions comes the new series Eyewitness, premiering on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10/9c.

The bone-chilling crime thriller delves into the lives of two teenage boys after they secretly meet up in a cabin, bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen — and when you witness a horrible event, it changes everything. Adapted from the critically acclaimed Norwegian drama Øyevitne, the series stars Julianne Nicholson (Black Mass, Masters of Sex), Gil Bellows (Ascension, 11.22.63), Tyler Young (Empire), and James Paxton (Term Life).

Jarl Emsell Larsen and Scott Peters (V, The 4400) and Jackie de Crinis also serve as executive producers. Peters will also direct multiple episodes of the series and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Miss You Already) will executive produce the pilot and direct the first two episodes.

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‘Suits’ Renewed for Season 7 at USA Network

SUITS -- "Back on the Map" Episode 603 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross, Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

Suits fans will get another season of pop culture references between Mike and Harvey!

The long-running series has been renewed for a seventh season by USA Network, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association by Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

The Universal Cable Production series is three episodes into the sixth season with episode four airing tonight and is averaging more than 3 million viewers, 1.2 million viewers ages 25-54 and 1.1 million viewers among 18-49 in L3 numbers. The season finale is slated for Aug. 10 with Season 7 to premiere in 2017.

From the beginning, Suits has centered on the fast-paced Manhattan corporate law firm. Pearson Specter Litt – but last season, their world was shaken to its core when Mike Ross (Adams) signed a two-year plea deal admitting his fraud to spare his colleagues Harvey (Macht), Jessica (Torres) and Louis (Hoffman). In Season 6, Mike deals with the harsh realities of prison life, while his relationship with his fiancé Rachel (Markle) and the future of the firm is unknown. With Pearson Specter Litt’s troubles at a peak, Donna (Rafferty) must help bring them all together to not only save the firm, but also the friendships they have all dedicated their career and lives to.

From Universal Cable Productions, Suits was created and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh (The Deep End), Doug Liman (Covert Affairs, The Bourne Trilogy, Mr & Mrs. Smith), David Bartis (Covert Affairs, The O.C.) and Gene Klein (Covert Affairs) of Hypnotic serve as executive producers, Daniel Arkin (90210) and Rick Muirragui (Men of a Certain Age, The Good Guys), and Silver Tree (The Real O’Neals, Girfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and also serve as executive producers.

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on USA.

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

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

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.

Mr Robot Ferris Wheel Rendering2

Photo Credit: USA Network

‘Colony’ Renewed for Season 2 at USA

 
USA Network has renewed its freshman drama series Colony for a second season after only three episodes. 

The series hails from executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) which is set in the near future and centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles.

Starring Josh Holloway (Lost) Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), episode four of the 10-part season one airs tonight at 10/9c.

  
“Carlton and Ryan have successfully delivered a story that tests the strengths and weaknesses of a society in duress, and the bonds of a family divided,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “Colony’s performance across all platforms has been impressive, and we can’t wait to see where the story takes us.”
Over its first three episodes, Colony has seen an average combined L3 audience of 3.4MM P2+ (two same-night telecasts of each original episode). Additionally, more than half a million people sampled the series’ pilot during a targeted, two-week pre-linear release on select digital platforms including USANetwork.com, Hulu, the USA Network App and VOD.

Set in the very near future, Colony‘s world is a dangerous one of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. After being separated from their son during the invasion, former FBI agent Will Bowman (Holloway) and his wife Katie (Callies) are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, House) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives. They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family. 

The drama is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions. 

Colony airs Thursdays at 10/9c on USA Network.

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‘Colony’s’ Peter Jacobson Lays Down the Law as Proxy Snyder

COLONY -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Peter Jacobson as Proxy Alan Snyder -- (Photo by: Justin Stephens/USA Network)

Peter Jacobson stars in USA’s newest dystopian drama series Colony as Proxy Alan Snyder, the leader of the Transitional Authority in Los Angeles, and talked about the show and his character during the Television Critics Association winter session.

Instead of the usual story that strings us along from the very beginning with the Aliens invading and what happens next, Colony starts us off after that’s already happened. Now we’re dealing with the aftermath of how people are surviving the invasion and what they have to do to stay alive and keep their families together.

After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, House) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives.  They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.

When you sign on to a Carlton Cuse show, you just know there are going to be twists and turns at every corner and might not know much about your character or the story until he wants you to.

Jacobson says that “it’s always amazing with Carlton on who dies, who lives, who’s this new character. It’s like peeling an onion every week. It’s always new.”

Do you like that the show starts off after the invasion?

“If you’re going to have a show about relationships, character, and humanity it doesn’t need to be about the initial attack. And that’s the point. It’s there and we know it, but it’s really about what’s happening underneath and that’s what’s beautiful about it. So, I hope that vibe comes through and people lock onto that. There’s got to be a certain amount of bells and whistles to sell a pilot. It’s a tricky thing of any pilot and first season. You have to show something and sell it so people come back. At the same time, you want to stay true to the art of it which is to be as subtle as you can, and roll it out as slowly as you can. So there are two competing forces there.”

Collaborators are people that were chosen by the Hosts, like Proxy Snyder, or Will, doing what he has to do to survive and keep his family alive. But mostly as a way to get his son back.

Is he good? Is he bad? What do we really know about Proxy Alan Snyder?

“My character right away is obviously a collaborator extraordinaire,” says Jacobson. “And by episode four or five you get a much great sense of what’s going on with Snyder – where he’s been and why he is where he is. So I think it takes a little more time to see why people are doing what they’re doing as opposed to the resistance with so much violence and death it’s clear what people are fighting against. Will’s [Holloway] dilemma in the pilot is it’s very clear what the forces are that brings somebody like him to a collaborate. His family has been separated. it becomes clear that Katie [Callies] position within the resistance has a negative impact on the family and can be incredibly dangerous. Will’s collaboration becomes dangerous as well which builds tension between the two.”

What do we know about the Hosts? Will we find out more about them and who they are?

“That’s probably the slowest rollout of the whole season. Who are these things, these people, these whatever they are and why are they here and who’s in charge and how did the humans under them become in charge?”

Is your character the top guy? Who’s really in charge?

“There will be times in a scene where we [Baker] would get onto set together and we start asking, ‘Am I above you? Who’s in charge?’ That kind of ambiguity and uncertainty is what helps keep the show interesting.

When do we find out more about Snyder? What’s his story? How did he become a collaborator? 

“We do meet some of my family later on and you get that this person has a heart and he’s doing what he’s doing, with purpose. He’s been through some separation himself, but don’t trust everything Snyder says as even ‘I don’t know how much I’m lying.'”

Character Bio:

Proxy Snyder is the pragmatic and charismatic leader of the Transitional Authority in Los Angeles. After the Arrival, he proves that he is a true politician and leads all aspects of the Occupation. Armed with the Redhat army and ever-present drones, Proxy’s Transitional Authority is tasked with keeping order and stability in Los Angeles.

Proxy knows that his Occupation movement needs someone as strong and valuable as Will Bowman to fight alongside them in order to combat the growing threat from the Resistance. Ever the cunning politician, Proxy also knows exactly how to make people do what he wants.

Colony airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

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Everything You Need to Know About USA’s New Series ‘Colony’

COLONY -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Neustaedter as Bram Bowman, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp as Grace Sullivan, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman, Josh Holloway as Will Bowman -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/USA Network)

“The only thing in this world we can trust is ourselves…”

The Hosts have taken over. A curfew has been set. Welcome to USA’s new drama series Colony.

Instead of the usual story that strings us along from the very beginning with the Aliens invading and what happens next, Colony starts us off after that’s already happened. Now we’re dealing with the aftermath of how people are surviving the invasion and what they have to do to stay alive and keep their families together.

The show has a slow start, but will leave you wanting more by the end. The last few minutes will have you hooked, looking to hit play on the next episode.

From executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) comes USA’s newest, highly-anticipated drama Colony which is set in the near future and centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles.

Josh Holloway (Lost) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies.  While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences.  After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, House) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives.  They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.

Colony is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.   Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces.

Colony premieres Thursday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

You can watch the first 11 minutes of the premiere here:

Check out some still from Colony Season 1, Episode 1:

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‘Playing House’ Renewed for Season 3 by USA Network

That body be bangin’…for a third season!!

The comedy from real-life best friends and creators Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham has been renewed for a third season, USA Network announced at the Television Critics Association winter session in Pasadena, CA.

USA President Chris McCumber was in the middle of talking when the ladies surprised the audience from the back of the room, bombarding him with questions on whether or not they’d get to come back. The comedy duo said “We NEED to see Keegan-Michael Key with his clothes off!” and that “it would be such a shame since the show ended up on multiple lists for 2015.”

PLAYING HOUSE -- "Knotty Pine" Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jessica St. Clair as Emma Crawford, Lennon Parham as Maggie Caruso -- (Photo by: Nicole Wilder/USA Network)

It’s true, the season finale ended with Key and St. Clair’s characters finally, well, hopefully getting together. We were left not knowing what Mark wanted to tell Emma on her porch. AND THAT STUPID CONGA LINE for interrupting their moment!

PLAYING HOUSE -- "An Officer and a Gentleman" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Keegan-Michael Key as Mark Rodriguez, Jessica St. Clair as Emma Crawford -- (Photo by: Michael Yarish/USA Network)

Lennon and Jessica are smart, funny and have an amazing chemistry that definitely shines in this adorable comedy.

No premiere date was announced for the third season of Playing House.