Just hours before tonight’s premiere of USA’s new cyber-drama, “Mr. Robot,” the network proved their commitment to the series by announcing that they are renewing it for a 10-episode second season.
Signing a show for a second season before its public debut is a bold move for a network, a decision reserved only for a handful of promising series; “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul,” for instance, was given a similar premature renewal last year. However, given the storm of publicity raining down on anything remotely related to “Breaking Bad,” the confidence in “Better Call Saul” was well-warranted. With the relatively underground release of “Mr. Robot,” the quality of the series must be incredible to merit a contract renewal ahead of its pilot’s premiere.
“Mr. Robot,” starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek, is aimed at a millenial audience fascinated with the intricate, dramatic world of high-tech hacking and modern-day cyber espionage. Malek stars as Elliot, a fresh-faced computer nerd who uses his day job as a programmer to cover up his double life as a high-profile hacker. Elliot is caught in a web of tangled morals when he is asked by a shady group of hackers, led by Slater, to take down the CEOs he is currently working for.
Though not yet officially released via mainstream cable, in true millennial fashion, the series has already been watched by 2.6 million viewers since its May 27 release to various online streaming platforms. Its exceptional success and warm reception played a part in USA’s decision to renew the series for a second series run, slated to air sometime next year.
For those less tech-savvy than Elliot, who have not yet watched the pilot online, “Mr. Robot” premieres on USA Network, tonight at 10 p.m.