‘Mr. Robot’ officially renewed for third season

‘Mr. Robot’ officially renewed for third season

From "Mr. Robot" '90s themed episode last week.

From “Mr. Robot” ’90s themed episode last week.

Halfway through its sophomore season, USA Network’s hacker drama “Mr. Robot,” has been officially renewed for a third season.

The Sam Esmail series has been critically acclaimed since its debut, recently earning six Emmy Award nominations including best drama series and best actor Rami Malek.

“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,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Midway through its second season, Mr. Robot continues to break new ground and open up new opportunities for the network.”

The third season will premiere sometime in 2017. The second season wraps up in mid-September. Esmail has previously said he wanted a longer break between the next season, so perhaps a fall/winter premiere will be in the cards.

Season 2 follows former cyber-security engineer Elliot Alderson (Malek) as he deals with the ramifications following the five/nine hack by fsociety. He is also still having an internal struggle with Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) who Elliot envisions as his deceased father. Darlene (Carly Chaikin) continues to work on taking down Evil Corp with the reluctant help of Angela (Portia Doubleday). This season also has focused on FBI agent Dominique DiPierro (Grace Gummer) as she investiates who is behind the five/nine hack.

This season’s ratings have dropped, but the series continues to be heavily consumed on VOD and streaming services in addition to DVR viewership. A book written by Esmail and series writer Courtney Looney is due out in November. It will feature a new story and reveal secrets from the current season and tease developments to come.

“Being the home studio for this wonderful, completely original show is an exhilarating experience,” NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chief content officer and UCP president Jeff Wachtel said. “Sam and company just keep taking it to another level. We can’t wait to get going on Season 3… as soon as we finish Season 2!”