Mr. Robot Cancelled At USA, But It's Not All Bad News

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(Image credit: Image courtesy of USA)

Mr. Robot is responsible for putting USA on the map as a place to be for high-quality programming after it premiered back in 2015. The network arguably best-known for its Law & Order: SVU marathons and Suits scored widespread critical acclaim for Mr. Robot, as well as wins at both the Golden Globes and Emmys. Sadly, the end is nigh for the cyber thriller, as USA announced today that Mr. Robot will conclude at the end of its next season. Still, fans don't need to despair. There's some good news.

For one thing, a full fourth season has yet to air, so this news didn't break when fans only had a couple episodes left before the final credits roll. They'll have time to prepare themselves to say goodbye to Elliot and Co. by the time the first episode of Season 4 hits the airwaves. Also, USA has finally announced a release window for the fourth season. The show was renewed for Season 4 way back in December 2017 without an indication of when the new episodes could debut. Now, USA has confirmed that the show will return for its fourth and final season in 2019.

The 2019 release window isn't altogether shocking given that Mr. Robot hadn't been announced as part of USA's lineup for the rest of 2018, and USA didn't give an exact date when viewers can expect the Season 4 premiere. Still, any news is good news when it comes to the next season.

For another thing, the conclusion of Mr. Robot isn't a cancellation in the traditional sense of a network giving a show the axe because of low ratings or no longer fitting into the lineup. Mr. Robot creator, showrunner, and director Sam Esmail has long said that this show was only intended to run for a set amount of seasons, and in planning the fourth season, he realized that the time was right to bring the stories to a natural conclusion. Rather than "extend past its inevitable ending," Esmail and the creative team will end things in the show in their own way that hopefully delivers closure for fans who have stuck around since the very beginning.

Despite the recent trend of cancelled shows being revived on other networks or platforms, like Lucifer with its move to Netflix and Last Man Standing moving to Fox, Sam Esmail's comments indicate that even a potential campaign from fans wouldn't result in more Mr. Robot. What he had to say could reassure viewers that they're in for an ideal conclusion to the complex and intriguing series and alleviate any bitterness about the news of its ending.

We'll have to wait and see. The fourth and final season of Mr. Robot is still months away at the earliest, so be sure to check out our fall TV premiere guide for viewing options now and in the not-too-distant future. USA has plenty going on even without new episodes of Mr. Robot, what with the second half of Suits Season 8 mixing things up and a Jason Bourne TV show receiving a series order.

Laura Hurley
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