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USA renews Christian Slater's 'Mr. Robot' before it premieres

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Christian Slater’s curse has been lifted! USA Network today announced a second season pickup of the actor’s upcoming drama series Mr. Robot, snapping Slater’s streak of appearing in largely single-season shows. 

USA has taken a very rare step for a basic cable network by committing to another year before the series has officially premiered. But USA got some hint of Mr. Robot‘s appeal after it generated 2.6 million views via the show’s preview screenings on digital platforms. 

“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 has its regular on-air premiere tonight on USA. The second season will contain a minium of 10 episodes and will debut next year.