In what can only be described as a remarkable sign of confidence, USA Network has handed out an early renewal to their newest drama series Mr. Robot. The series, which premiered last night on USA, will return for a second season in 2016. The exact size of the order for season two has not yet been set, but it will be at least 10 episodes.
Mr. Robot follows Elliot, a programmer who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallstrom.
The early second season order, which came in hours before the series premiere aired on the network, comes after the pilot episode had been available to view on numerous streaming platforms for the better part of a month. According to USA, the episode has been sampled on those platforms by some 2.7 million viewers, which coupled with intent data, gave USA execs the confidence to pull the trigger on an early renewal.
“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.”
“Sam Esmail has captured and distilled our ongoing cultural conversation about identity, privacy, value and self-worth”, added Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer of 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.”