USA has made the renewal after 2.6 million people had sampled the pilot, put up online on various platforms on May 27. The pilot also has been generally well received, winning the audience award at South By Southwest and named an official selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
“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.”
Mr. Robot, part of USA’s push into edgier, younger-skewing programming, follows Elliot (Malek), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader (Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world. Co-starring are Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallström.
From Universal Cable Productions, Mr. Robot is from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail and executive producers Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton.
Mr. Robot is the second new USA series to premiere this summer, following last week’s debut of drama Complications which has logged 2.8 million viewers in Live+3.