Summer Cable-TV Preview: Hackers, Hip-Hop and Lesbian Vampires

Demonic possessions, rock & roll lifers, the return of 'Mr. Robot' and 'OITNB' — we've got your small-screen covered

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'Mr. Robot'

USA, July 13th
Last year's best new show came out of nowhere — well, out of the USA Network, which is basically the same thing. Rami Malek returns as Eliot, a hacker kid in a black hoodie, recruited into an underground Coney Island cell of vigilante anarchists dedicated to corporate sabotage. The hotly anticipated second chapter picks up where we left off, after the fsociety hack throws the world economy into chaos. Christian Slater returns as Mr. Robot, who plays a murky role in Eliot's unstable and drug-riddled brain; as he says, it's "an infinite loop of insanity." Sam Esmail's visually splendid and outrageously imaginative punk fantasy doesn't rest on its laurels — the new season adds newcomers like Craig Robinson from The Office, Frances Ha's Grace Gummer and rapper Joey Bada$$, while B.D. Wong expands the intriguing role of trans hacker Whiterose, leader of the Dark Army. And in a typically inventive special-effects trick, there's a clever cameo by some guy named Barack Obama.

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