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Behind the scenes with The Verge's 'Mr. Robot' after show


By Natan Edelsburg, SVP

August 29, 2016 | 3 min read

In July, Found Remote, wrote about USA Network and The Verge's partnership for a Mr. Robot after-show. More than halfway through the season the after-show is thriving.

Mr. Robot after show

The Verge's Mr. Robot after-show

The viewership has been steadily growing week over week as it's streamed on Facebook Live via the Mr. Robot Facebook page.

  • 8/24: 41,177
  • 8/17: 53K
  • 8/10: 55K
  • 8/3: 58K
  • 7/27: 54K
  • 7/20: 79K
  • Total: 340,177 video views

Found Remote attending the streaming of the latest episode (embedded here, beware of spoilers) and chatted with the hosts and creators.

Nilay Patel, Editor in Chief of The Verge, Emily Yoshida, Entertainment Editor for The Verge and Russell Brandom, Reporter for The Verge are clearly huge experts on the show and culture around it, making them a perfect fit for such a show. I got to observe as they geeked out over the minutia of the latest episode.

This week's guest was Kor Adana, a writer for the shack and their resident hacking expert. Adana's expertise on the world of Robot is captivating. After twenty or so minutes of hanging out in the greenroom and discussing what he's allowed to reveal and not allowed to reveal, it's show time.

While the episodes are filmed in a tiny studio in The Verge's midtown office, it looks and feels like real television. This is in large part due to showrunner Bengt Anderson who is supported by Mark Olsen, Vox's Head of Production and Kevin Weist, their Creative Consultant. Anderson was purposely brought in for this project, which is very unique for The Verge, according to Brandom.

While this after-show isn't on regular TV like "Talking Dead" and other cult-show after-shows, the quality is as superb and if it continues to grow there's a good chance you'll see it on TV next season.

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