Halfway through the show’s second season, USA Network has picked up their critically acclaimed drama series Mr. Robot for a third season. The size of the episode order has not yet been set.
From Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson, a cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their leader. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen.
While the hacker drama has been a boon for USA when it comes to garnering both buzz and critical acclaim, the series has been struggling in the ratings. After an ok if softly rated first season, ratings more or less collapsed this season; with some episode struggling to crack half a million viewers in live+same day delivery. The fact that NBCU owned subsidiaries are both the network and studio, coupled with the strong critical acclaim, as well as lucrative SVOD an international licensing deals, were all big factors in the renewal decision.
“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”, added Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President of Universal Cable Productions. “We can’t wait to get going on Season 3… as soon as we finish Season 2!”