Ahead of its premiere, USA has given a second season to cyber drama “Mr. Robot.”
The series, which is created by Sam Esmail, follows a young programmer named Elliot (Rami Malek) who spends his days as a cyber-security engineer and his nights as a vigilante hacker. Christian Slater also stars as a mysterious leader of the cyber-underground community that recruits Elliot.
“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.”
The series has gotten mostly positive reviews, with Variety’s Brian Lowry writing that it “has the jittery feel of a British thriller, and an absurdist sense of entrenched interests vs. a weird insurgency.” The pilot, which was released online early in part because of fear of hacking, has garnered nearly 3 million views across multiple nonlinear platforms. The series also received the audience award in the episodic category at this year’s South by Southwest festival.
“Sam Esmail has captured and distilled our ongoing conversation about identity, privacy, value and self-worth,” said Jeff Wachtel, president and CCO, 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.”
“Mr. Robot” hails from Universal Cable Productions. Esmail serves as executive producer along with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton.
“Mr. Robot” premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on USA. The second season will include a minimum of 10 episodes and will air in 2016.