9:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Mr. Robot' Renewed for Season 3 at USA Network
USA is once again putting its vote of confidence in Mr. Robot.
The NBCUniversal cabler has renewed the hacker drama for a third season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The new season will premiere in 2017, but the number of episodes is still unknown. Mr. Robot's season-two order was upped from 10 to 12 episodes in June.
Premiering in June 2015 as part of a major rebranding for the formerly "blue skies" network, Mr. Robot earned a season-two pickup hours ahead of its linear premiere. The same day, Universal Cable Productions, the studio behind the hourlong, signed creator Sam Esmail to an overall deal. In addition to writing a majority of the show's episodes, Esmail has upped his involvement this year, directing every season-two episode. It's unclear whether he will continue to do so for season three.
The renewal brings the show one step closer to its endgame, which Esmail spoke about with THR earlier this year. "I've been very open from the get-go, just even in selling the pilot, that I don't see it going more than four, maybe five, max five [seasons]," he said of his talks with the network and studio. "They know that we should end this in the right way and not just drag it out for the sake of everything else. I think they're very respectful and supportive."
Esmail also exec produces with Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton. The series stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallstrom, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen.
Although ratings have dropped 20 percent for season two, NBCU brass point to the "huge" aggregated viewership for Mr. Robot. All season-two episodes are accessible via VOD and online, with season one available via Amazon Prime. (A book written by Esmail and series writer Courtney Looney is forthcoming.)
Also helping Mr. Robot's chances is the drama's continued awards cache, which has been a boost for USA as it continues to push into darker, edgier fare. It was the first USA Network original series to earn an Emmy nomination for best drama series (in addition to five other noms). The series also has won two Golden Globes, including for best drama; three Critics' Choice TV Awards, including for best drama; a Television Critics Association Award for best new series; and a Writers Guild of America Award for best new series.
“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,” NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Networks president Chris McCumber said Tuesday in a statement. “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.”
At USA Network, Mr. Robot joins the recently renewed Suits, Colony, Queen of the South and comedy Playing House. Upcoming series include twice-delayed Shooter and Eyewitness.