USA Network’s Mr. Robot (Wednesdays, 10/9C) is, to quote the network’s blurb, ‘a techno thriller that follows Elliot, a young programmer, who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroad when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world.’
As all blurbs are, this one is a simplification – for one thing, Elliot is substantially more than merely a cyber-security tech/vigilante. He is both a troubled soul – possibly at the highly functional end of the autism spectrum – who is almost clinically aware of his flaws. As such, he is one of the most relateable protagonists on TV right now.
USA Network’s Paradise Pictures pilot has signed Boardwalk Empire’s Morgan Spector as its lead. The projected series would follow Tom Kirby, the head of production for Paradise Pictures – a rising studio in 1946 Hollywood.
Spector has also starred on Alleigance and recurred on Person of Interest.
Paradise Pictures is written and executive produced by Suits’ Aaron Korsh. For further details, follow the jump.
USA Networks hit family reality series Chrisley Knows Best is about to take over! With the Season 3 premiere just around the corner, sit back, relax and catch up with a Chrisley Knows Best Marathon all day Saturday, May 30th 9am/8c on USA.
USA Network has ordered thirteen episodes of the drama series Queen of the South – a telenovela based on the literary novel La Reina Del Sur, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which also yielded a Telemundo series that became one of the most popular telenovelas of all time for that network.
The series stars Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza who has to flee when her drug dealing boyfriend is killed in Mexico – and has to team up with someone from her past to take down the leader of the cartel that is pursuing her.
The series is slated to premiere in 2016. Further details follow the jump.
This techno thriller follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. When the mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect, he must make the decision of a lifetime. MR. ROBOT also stars Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon”).
The Order of Moriah compiles all of the requirements needed to enact their deadly plans. Peter’s (Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs, “Awake”) attempt at preventing the impending catastrophe thrusts him into partnership with a former foe. Lynn (Emmy Award winner Anne Heche, “Save Me”) realizes the depth of the conspiracy during her investigation into Ambassador Ridell (Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor, “I’ll Fly Away”) who is expecting a mysterious package from the States.
It’s always interesting to see what kinds of shows TV networks (big four and cable) develop in their quests for hits. Most of the titles they develop never reach the air – a good many never even get to pilot – but they are fun to think about.
USA Network has, aside from the already announced Mark Wahlberg Shooter scripts, a number of fascinating (and possibly catastrophic) titles in development including: Amped (a cross between Limited and Hourman – a guy takes a pill that gives him increased intelligence, strength and speed), Cooley & The Tank (behind the scenes of the titular/fictional ’80s detective series – whose co-stars detest each other), Mythos (all those myths and legends are true!), The Tap (’60s Yale student is recruited by both the CIA and Skull and Bones), and more.
They come from creators as varied as Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride), Eric Kripke (Supernatural,) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black). Follow the jump to check out what else USA is working on.
Hacker drama Mr. Robot (above), fresh from winning the SXSW Audience Award, will premiere on Wednesday, June 24th (10/9C).
Complications, a new fast-paced thriller about a doctor who – even as he mourns his daughter’s life – saves a young boy’ life, will make its two-hour debut on Thursday, June 18 (9/8C).
Returning shows include: the legal drama Suits’ fifth season (June 24th), season three of Chrisley Knows Best (June 2nd), season seven of Royal Pains (June 2nd), WWE Tough Enough (new format, June 23rd), season three of Graceland June 25th) and season two of Playing House (August 4th).
USA Network’s Mr. Robot is off to a great start. The show’s pilot won the Audience Award for Best Episodic at SXSW.
The show – about a young programming genius is recruited by an underground hacker group – stars Christian Slater as the titular Mr. Robot, head of the hacker group, and Rami Malek as Elliott, the recruited programming wizard.
The series goes into production on April 13th and will premiere in June.