A new drama series that had the critics excited this summer has landed on Amazon Prime. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the streaming service acquired the rights to the USA Network hacker drama “Mr. Robot.”
The 10-episode freshman season of the show from Universal Cable Productions will be available to streaming subscribers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan, the report notes.
“From creator Sam Esmail, ‘Mr. Robot’ stars Rami Malek as an antisocial hacker hoping to overthrow society and Christian Slater as the leader of the hacker group hoping to help him to do just that,” THR notes.
THR’s Tim Goodman was among the TV critics raving about “Mr. Robot,” with Goodman giving the bulk of the credit to Malek’s lead performance. Goodman calls the series “a delicate yet demanding vehicle that is utterly sustained by its star in every frame — that would implode by the first act break with anyone else in the role.”
Goodman adds that Malek is “absolute perfection in the same way that Tatiana Maslany is for ‘Orphan Black.'”
Brad Beale, Amazon VP, digital video content acquisition, said in announcing the streaming deal: “’Mr. Robot’ is one of the most compelling new dramas on television. Rami Malek delivers a mesmerizing performance and leads a great cast with an intriguing story full of dark twists. Prime members are going to love binging on this awesome show.”
The series has been picked up for a second season by USA.