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USA has given a pilot pickup to “Mr. Robot,” a drama about an anti-social computer programmer who finds he can only connect with other people by hacking into their personal lives.

The Universal Cable Productions project from executive producers Sam Esmail (“Comet”) and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”) follows a hacker named Elliot who wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about — only to find himself in the intersection between the cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America. Esmail penned the script.

“‘Mr. Robot’ is a visionary drama.” said Chris McCumber, USA Network president. “It is a very timely and relatable story that captures both the excitement and danger of today’s digital world.”

USA also recently picked up the Universal Cable Productions pilot “Stanistan,” a drama about State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists who operate in a delicate balance of danger and levity.

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