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'Mr. Robot' season 2 release date, spoilers news 2016: New season will have 12 episodes; live aftershow gets the green light

USA Network has upped its season 2 order for its award-winning drama/thriller "Mr. Robot."

From the original ten episodes, the show's sophomore season will now have 12.

(Facebook/Mr. Robot)Promotional image for the USA drama/thriller "Mr. Robot"

USA announced its new expanded season order on Thursday, June 23. Apart from the bumped up season, "Mr. Robot" will now also get a longer season 2 premiere, made up of two back-to-back new episodes. And, taking a page from the AMC playbook, USA has also given "Mr. Robot" its own aftershow, the premire episode of which will air right after the season 2 premiere of the drama/techno thriller.

The live, hourlong post-"Mr. Robot" talk show is titled "Hacking Robot," The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Each episode of the aftershow will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the "Mr. Robot" episode it follows. While USA has not announced the host for "Hacking Robot," the show will reportedly be executive produced by Aliyah Silverstein. It is unclear if "Hacking Robot" will be a weekly show or not.

Aftershows have become something of a fad in recent years, as networks try to drum up more hype for their most popular series. AMC has "The Talking Dead" for its hit zombie apocalypse series "The Walking Dead." It also has "Talking Saul" for its critically acclaimed "Breaking Bad" spin-off, "Better Call Saul." Both of these aftershows are hosted by Chris Hardwick.

Even HBO has jumped on the aftershow bandwagon, launching "After the Thrones" for its massively popular "Game of Thrones."

Meanwhile, a preview for the eagerly anticipated "Mr. Robot" season 2 has dropped, and it shows that fsociety's 5/9 hack of Evil Corp. may not have turned out quite as expected. The teaser also shows new cast member Grace Gummer as Agent Dom DiPierro, the show's new big addition.

"Mr. Robot" season 2 debuts on Wednesday, July 13, at 10 p.m. ET on USA.

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