‘Homecoming’: The 2-Minute Scene That Should Mean an Emmy Nomination for Julia Roberts


[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Homecoming” Season 1, Episode 8, “Protocol.”] Two shots in “Protocol,” Episode 8 of Sam Esmail’s “Homecoming,” turn it into the season’s game-changer. Four years separate their timeframes, but both focus on Heidi (Julia Roberts) as she realizes the ulterior motives of the therapeutic facility where she treated veterans. […]

Julia Roberts on film actors moving over to TV: ‘I don’t know a lot of people that want to compartmentalise their creativity’


Julia Roberts is the latest actor to be tempted over to television, playing the lead role in Mr Robot creator Sam Esmail’s upcoming new drama, Homecoming. Given that scripted TV series have become far more respected in the past decade, one might consider this move overdue, but “I’ve never called myself a film actor,” Roberts insists. “I’m just an […]

Sam Esmail On How ‘Homecoming’ Lingers; ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4 Update & ‘American Radical’ Feature – Toronto Studio


Having already broken the mold on televised serial noir with Mr. Robot, creator Sam Esmail delves back into the genre with his Amazon Prime/Universal Cable series Homecoming adapted from the podcast of the same name. The series streams Nov. 2 but recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Esmail became addicted to the podcast by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg who are also […]

‘Briarpatch’: Jay R. Ferguson, Edi Gathegi & Brian Geraghty To Star In USA Pilot


Jay R. Ferguson, Edi Gathegi and Brian Geraghty have been cast as male leads opposite Rosario Dawson in USA Network’s hourlong pilot Briarpatch, from Universal Cable Productions, Paramount Television, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail’s Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content. Written by Andy Greenwald based on the Ross Thomas novel, Briarpatch centers on Allegra “Pick” Dill (Dawson), a tenacious and highly-skilled investigator working in Washington, […]

Julia Roberts On Her Series Debut In Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’: “A Great Mental Challenge Every Day” – TCA


Julia Roberts, apart from playing herself on Murphy Brown or doing guest shots on Law & Order and Miami Vice, had never acted in a TV series before taking the lead in Amazon’s forthcoming drama Homecoming. During a TCA panel devoted to the show, a half-hour thriller based on a popular podcast of the same name that is directed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail, Roberts […]