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'Mr. Robot' Final Season: Sam Esmail Reveals Brutal Villain's Heartbreaking Backstory

[This story contains spoilers for season four, episode three of USA Network's Mr. Robot, "403 Forbidden."]

The differences between Mr. Robot protagonist Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) and Dark Army leader Whiterose (Bd Wong) are many — he hacks people, she hacks time; he's fighting the top one percent of the top one percent, she is the top one percent of the top one percent — but the latest installment of the final season just clarified how much these power players have in common.

In "403 Forbidden," directed by Sam Esmail and written by Courtney Looney,...
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Mr. Robot Season 4 Episode 2 Review: Payment Requested

It's kill or be killed. 

That was the stunning realization Darlene came to on Mr. Robot Season 4 Episode 2 after learning that Elliot was going full steam ahead with his plan to take down Whiterose. 

Whiterose already said that Elliot would be killed the moment his plan came to fruition, and by extension, that extends to Darlene. She has been there for too much stuff to be allowed to continue with her life. 

Darlene was all over the place on Mr. Robot Season 4 Episode 1, but now that she knows the truth, she's ready to join the fight and take down the Dark Army once and for all. 

The biggest surprise was that the pair bonded over the death of their mother. If you watch Mr. Robot online, you know their relationship seemed like it was never going to recover. 

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'Mr. Robot': Sam Esmail Reveals a Shocking Final Season Twist

[The following story contains massive spoilers for season four, episode two of USA Network's Mr. Robot, "402 Payment Required."]

It's as Yoda always said: "There is another."

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail dropped an enormous bombshell in the second hour of the USA Network's final season — namely, Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) is not alone. Sure, we knew he was sharing headroom with the titular Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater, the spitting image of Elliot's deceased father, Edward Alderson. But the episode "402 Payment Required" contains the shocking revelation of a ...
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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4 Premiere Down After Two-Year Absence

  • Deadline
‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4 Premiere Down After Two-Year Absence
After two years of being without our favorite hacker Elliot, Mr. Robot returned for its fourth and final season on October 6 to a very, very lukewarm reception — almost cold.

Deadline has learned that the USA drama created by Sam Esmail received a 0.13 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic for its season four premiere, slipping significantly from the season three opener which received a .22 rating. The debut also netted approximately 440,000 viewers which is another dip from season three which had nearly 680,000 viewers.

Sunday night’s episode is the start of a 13-episode season and if the ratings of the debut are any indication, audiences are ready to say goodbye — or the two-year absence was too long of a hiatus for them to notice that it came back. Also, the move from Wednesday to Sunday possibly worked against the drama as it went up against Sunday Night Football and The Walking Dead.
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Mr. Robot Season 4 Episode 1 Review: Unauthorized

The game has changed, and everyone should be afraid. 

Mr. Robot Season 4 Episode 1 took a major key player out of the equation for good, and it's unclear how this wonderfully written and directed drama series will come to an end. 

Angela's death was no surprise.

Viewers have been expecting it since her rise up the ranks on Mr. Robot Season 2, and given how Mr. Robot Season 3 concluded, it certainly felt like a full-circle moment to end her storyline on "Unauthorized."

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Angela had become a liability, and her death had a much more significant meaning than anyone could have anticipated.

Whiterose always promised to reunite her with her mother, but little did she know it would be in the afterlife. 

As cutthroat as Whiterose is, one would think she would have opted for a more creative
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Mr. Robot Season 4 Premiere Recap: Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas

The holidays are here as Mr. Robot kicks off its fourth and final season… by killing off a major character before the opening credits even roll.

We pick up with Angela ranting to Phillip Price about how she wants “retribution” against Whiterose; Price tries to calm her down, but she tells him there’s nothing he can do to stop her. “I wish you hadn’t said that,” he sighs as he walks away with gritted teeth — and a pair of Dark Army goons walk up and shoot Angela in the head. (Welcome back, Mr. Robot fans!) Now it’s
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'Mr. Robot' Final Season Premiere: Inside That "Heartbreaking" Death

[This story contains spoilers for the final season premiere of USA Network's Mr. Robot.]

Goodbye friend, indeed. The final season premiere of Mr. Robot wastes no time establishing the stakes of the year, by killing one of creator Sam Esmail's single most important characters: Angela Moss (Portia Doubleday), childhood friend of Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek). 

A mainstay since the pilot, Angela's death launches the final season into action, serving as the very first scene of the premiere. It continues Angela's final appearance in season three, in which she sits in the idyllic front yard of a ...
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How Life Has Completely Changed for Rami Malek Since Mr. Robot Began

How Life Has Completely Changed for Rami Malek Since Mr. Robot Began
It's the beginning of the end for Elliot Alderson. After an extended wait, the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot, USA's techno-noir cult thriller, is finally getting underway on Sunday, Oct. 6, promising a definitive conclusion to the the wild ride creator Sam Esmail began back in 2015 when he introduced the world to a show unlike anything we'd ever seen before. And while Elliot's story is coming to a close, it certainly feels as though this is just the beginning for the actor who finally broke through with the show's complicated lead role, Rami Malek. Prior to landing what would prove to be the role of his lifetime, Rami was best-known for his work in Night at the Museum, playing Akmenrah, the...
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Mr. Robot Season 4 Episode 1 Review: Unauthorized

Mr. Robot season 4 episode 1 is a stellar espionage thriller and pitch perfect introduction to the show's final hours.

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This Mr. Robot review contains spoilers.

Mr. Robot Season 4 Episode 1

For a review of any show starting its final season, it's tempting to start with the big picture.

What does Mr. Robot meant to TV history? Where do we place it? How do we feel about it? In that respect, Mr. Robot has one of the more curious rap sheets in the recent TV timeline. In season 1 the show seemed like it was poised to become one of the biggest dramas on television. The USA Network support was there, the critical adoration was effusive, and the hype was damn sure palpable.

Then Mr. Robot kind of fell off. It's not necessarily the show's fault. It remained about just as good, if not better, than its early hours. Creator Sam Esmail
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The Not-So-Revolutionary Road of ‘Mr. Robot’

The Not-So-Revolutionary Road of ‘Mr. Robot’
When Mr. Robot debuted in the summer of 2015, none of its individual components were clearly new. The cyberpunk drama’s then-unknown creator, Sam Esmail, readily copped to the influences of paranoid Seventies thrillers like The Parallax View. Late in that first season, the show even played a piano version of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” as a tip of the cap to Fight Club, from which Esmail liberally borrowed the idea that his title character, played by Christian Slater, was actually an alternate personality of hacker hero Elliot Alderson
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Sam Esmail on 'Battlestar Galactica' and Life After 'Mr. Robot'

Sam Esmail on 'Battlestar Galactica' and Life After 'Mr. Robot'
Soon after Mr. Robot launched in 2015, anointing Sam Esmail as one of TV's most in-demand writers, the USA drama's creator (an East Coast transplant) admitted to THR that he hated Los Angeles. As his series heads into its fourth and final season, premiering Oct. 6, Esmail says that's still true. But with a massive new deal at Universal Content Productions, three series in production and at least six other projects in various stages of active development, the 42-year-old has become — at least contractually — an Angeleno.

During a recent late-summer afternoon inside Anonymous Content's labyrinthine ...
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Rami Malek on Mr. Robot's Legacy: 'Hopefully They Were Lifted By It'

A show like Mr. Robot leaves its mark on the world. As USA's techno-thriller enters its fourth and final season, viewers may reflect on what the show's legacy will be. Will it be remembered as the show that launched star Rami Malek and creator Sam Esmail, who have gone on to win an Emmy and an Oscar

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TV Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4

  • Variety
TV Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4
It can be easy to forget quite how big a deal, in its early going, “Mr. Robot” was.

It eventually became, fairly enough, a hallmark for narrative and directorial excess. But the series, about Elliot, a hacker attempting to remake America, had the real-life effect of remaking the USA Network, shifting the cabler conclusively away from its previous model of sunny workplace dramedy. Its broader implications included the launches of executive producer Sam Esmail, with Amazon’s “Homecoming” and USA’s forthcoming “Briarpatch” to his credit, and star Rami Malek. And its conceit, that the world is governed by entities interested in seeding chaos for their own benefit, has seemed more urgent since the show’s 2015 premiere. The near-perfect first season had the right talent and the right timing.

But subsequent seasons’ refusal to consider the world outside Elliot’s head diminished its viewership and reputation. So it is that Season 4, the show’s last,
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Jennifer Morrison to Direct ‘One of Us Is Lying’ Pilot for Peacock (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Jennifer Morrison to Direct ‘One of Us Is Lying’ Pilot for Peacock (Exclusive)
Jennifer Morrison has signed on to direct the drama pilot “One of Us Is Lying” for NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service Peacock, Variety has learned exclusively.

Based on the Karen M. McManus YA book of the same name, “One of Us Is Lying” tells the story of what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. It was originally in development at the NBCU cable channel E! before moving to Peacock back in August.

This will mark the first pilot Morrison has directed. She previously directed an episode of the HBO series “Euphoria” as well as the feature film “Sun Dogs” and the short film “Warning Labels.” She is primarily known for her acting work, having starred in shows like “House” and “Once Upon a Time.” She will also appear in the fourth season of “This Is Us,” which debuted on NBC on Tuesday.
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How ‘Mr. Robot’ Launched Its Creator and Star to New Heights

  • Variety
How ‘Mr. Robot’ Launched Its Creator and Star to New Heights
Mr. Robot” may be synonymous with helping USA redefine its long-touted “blue-skies” strategy into its current “we the bold” motto, but the series was also career-defining for those involved — particularly creator Sam Esmail and actor Rami Malek.

Malek’s resume included a few key credits including HBO’s “The Pacific” and “Short Term 12” before taking the role of hacker Elliot Alderson in the thriller, but Esmail had only a few shorts to his name. Giving him the plum showrunner position, as well as letting him direct right out of the gate was a risk. But it was one the network didn’t balk at taking.

“Sam was super-impressive from minute one, starting with the script, which we got on spec,” says Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior vice president of original scripted programming. “He had a whole document that laid out both the first season in tremendous detail, but also
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‘Mr. Robot’ Team Talks Sending the Hacker Drama Off in Style

  • Variety
‘Mr. Robot’ Team Talks Sending the Hacker Drama Off in Style
Creating shows in this golden age of television has pushed storytelling to new heights, bolstered network recognition with the debut of sole marquee series and driven top-tier talent to limited-event runs. But few of these hundreds of series to unroll over the past half-decade have also redefined an entire network while pumping out prolific content that’s rife with homages to an entire cinematic library, generating hundreds of speculative Reddit offshoots in the process.

So perhaps from a pressure standpoint it was for the best that when the writers’ room fired up for the fourth season of USA’s hacker-centric “Mr. Robot,” creator Sam Esmail wasn’t aware he was entering the show’s final season. As with the titular character’s true identity, that revelation didn’t come until later, when Esmail and other creatives deliberated how much story there was between the third-season reset-ending and the final two
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Saved By The Bell And Punky Brewster Reboots Headed To NBC’s Peacock Streaming Service

NBCUniversal has been revealing some big news lately with the announcement that they will be launching their very own streaming service which will be called Peacock. In addition to the news that fan-favorite NBC series “Friends”, “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” being offered on the new streaming service, they have also revealed that they will be rebooting some NBC classics as well. NBCUniversal revealed that they will be rebooting “Saved By The Bell” which will feature original cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley and “Punky Brewster” which actress Soleil Moon Frye has already signed on to play an adult version of her former childhood character. The Peacock service is set to launch in April of 2020 and will also include a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” that will be executive produced by “Mr. Robot’s” Sam Esmail. It is said these reboots will be part of the 15,000 hours of content
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I'm So Excited! Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Returning For Saved by the Bell Revival

  • Popsugar
Not only is NBC joining the flux of cable networks launching their own streaming sites, but it's also reviving several iconic sitcoms, including Saved by the Bell. The comedy originally ran for four seasons from 1989 to 1993 and starred the familiar faces of Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and Lark Voorhies as high school students navigating everything from dating to drugs.

The sequel series - which NBC Universal's streaming service, Peacock, has ordered straight-to-series - already has Lopez and Berkley signed on to return and will be headed by 30 Rock writer and Great News series creator Tracey Wigfield. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will explore the aftermath of California Governor Zack Morris (Gosselaar) closing too many low-income high schools and proposing the affected students be sent to the highest-performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Says He Has Not Been Approached for Peacock’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot

  • The Wrap
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Says He Has Not Been Approached for Peacock’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot
Despite the logline for the “Saved by the Bell” reboot coming to Peacock — NBCUniversal’s newly-named streaming service — revealing that Zack Morris is now the governor of California, nobody told Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

“I have not been approached,” Gosselaar told “Access Hollywood” Tuesday night during an event for ABC’s “Mixed-ish,” on which Gosselaar stars. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be against stepping back into Morris now-political shoes. “I’ve always said that I would love to do some form of it, but . . . they’ve approached two [Mario and Elizabeth] and not some.”

Original cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley are slated to reprise their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano. The “Saved by the Bell” reboot was announced Tuesday morning as part of Peacock, which will launch next April, extensive slate of original programming, which includes reboots of “Battlestar Galactica,” from “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, and “Punky Brewster.
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Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail to reboot Battlestar Galactica with new TV series

During the announcement of its new Peacock streaming service, NBC Universal has revealed that Mr. Robot and Homecoming executive producer Sam Esmail is set to produce a reboot of the classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica.

Created by Glen A. Larson and launching in 1978, Battlestar Galactica followed the crew of the warship Galactica as they searched for a new home after a sneak attack on their planet by the evil Cylons. It was previously rebooted in 2004 to much acclaim by Ronald D. Moore, who has apparently given his blessing to Esmail for a new take on the property.

According to Deadline, the logline for the new Battlestar Galactica reads: “In the seventh millennium A.D., in a galaxy very far away, a thousand-year-old war rages: that of humanity versus the Cylons, a mechanical race of beings. When the humans’ twelve planets are destroyed by a Cylon invasion force, the survivors flee
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