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‘Mr. Robot’ Hacker Drama Ordered to Series at USA Network

Talk about timeliness. On the same day the FBI confirmed it believes North Korea was behind the massive Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber-attack, USA Network announced the first series pickup from its 2015-2016 pilot slate with a 10-episode order for a drama about computer hackers, “Mr. Robot.”

Starring Christian Slater as the title character and Rami Malek (“24”), the series follows a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer (Malek) who suffers from an anti-social disorder and connects to people by hacking them. Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallstrom (“Simple Simon”) round out the cast.

“’Mr. Robot’ could not be more timely and relevant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “The creative team behind this series has done a brilliant job, taking viewers on a wild ride that leaves them wanting more.”

The drama is among a slew of new and retiring original series on deck for 2015 at NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler. “Dig,” starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche from the producers of “Heroes” and “Homeland,” and medical drama “Complications,” which has cast Jason O’Mara and Jessica Szohr, will also premiere in the new year.

Mr. Robot” comes from Universal Cable Prods. and writer-exec producer Sam Esmail (“Comet”). Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”) of Anonymous Content are also exec producers.

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