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Monday, December 22, 2014

'Mr Robot' Gets Picked Up By USA Network





USA Network announced its first series pick-up from its existing pilot slate for the 2015-2016 season with a 10-episode order for MR. ROBOT (WT).  The intense hacker drama from Universal Cable Productions is from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (“Comet”) and executive producers Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”).  The series stars Rami Malek (“24”), Christian Slater (“The Adderall Diaries”), Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallstrom (“Simple Simon”).  The pilot was directed by Niels Arden Oplev (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”).  The series will shoot in New York.

“MR. ROBOT could not be more timely and relevant,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “The creative team behind this series has done a brilliant job, taking viewers on a wild ride that leaves them wanting more. Rami gives a masterful performance as a hacker and unlikely hero, alongside Christian, who is perfectly cast as  Mr. Robot.”

“Sam's vision for MR ROBOT is terrific and transgressive, and Niels has given the show a breathtakingly original look," said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

MR. ROBOT is a contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot (Malek), 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.  Slater stars in the title role of Mr. Robot, a mysterious anarchist who recruits Elliot into an underground hacker group.

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