November 28, 2018 Michael Goldman Tod Campbell welcomes AC to the large-scale set of the Amazon series, where he and director Sam Esmail have reteamed to frame two disparate time periods and states of mind. Unit photography by Jessica Brooks and Hilary Bronwyn Gayle, SMPSP, courtesy of Amazon Studios It’s March of 2018. We’re on […]
By Travis M. Andrews November 20 There were so many ways “Homecoming” could have gone wrong. The show — directed by Sam Esmail, the creator and showrunner of “Mr. Robot” — is based on the Eli Horowitz- and Micah Bloomberg-penned podcast of the same name. It follows the story of Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts in […]
By Matt Zoller Seitz Adapted from the dramatic podcast by Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, Homecoming is Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail’s ultimate film-history playground. Co-produced by Amazon and Universal Cable Productions, it’s a military thriller with a mystery at its heart, a narrative that unfolds across multiple timelines, and a fascination with the persistence […]
Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Season 1 of Amazon’s Homecoming. Unless you have a plate of memory-erasing gnocchi nearby, proceed with caution. Amazon’s thriller Homecoming messed with our minds all season long… but the final scene just about broke our hearts. The freshman season ended with Julia Roberts’ Heidi tracking down her favorite […]
[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. […]
Homecoming presents a captivating mystery, aided by an unnerving, sometimes jarring score. Across its 10 extremely bingeable episodes, Homecoming’s music is borrowed from some 45 film scores, lending their own historical and emotional resonance to a show that traffics in forgetting and remembering the past. And while some songs are instantly recognizable, more are just […]
NOVEMBER 06, 2018 10:30am PT by Josh Wigler The ‘Mr. Robot’ creator speaks with The Hollywood Reporter about directing his new thriller’s most chilling scene. [This story contains spoilers from the season one finale of Amazon’s Homecoming.] For Heidi Bergman, the Homecoming protagonist played by Julia Roberts, the world is a claustrophobic mystery box…until suddenly, […]
For “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, classic thrillers were the inspiration to adapt Gimlet podcast “Homecoming” into an episodic series. He wanted to capture the tension and paranoia of films by directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Alan J. Pakula, Brian De Palma, and Stanley Kubrick. “When we started talking about music, I started to talking to […]
A three-minute tracking shot that pans across a military facility. A montage showing a medicine’s production from plant to test tube. A woman’s entire worldview shifting along with an aspect ratio. Many of the most striking scenes in Homecoming, Amazon’s 10-episode thriller released on Friday, contain little to no dialogue. For a television show adapted […]
Amazon’s Homecoming — adapted from the popular podcast, starring Julia Roberts and directed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail — debuted last week. As compelling as it was, it left certain questions to be discussed once the 10-episode season was done. Full spoilers coming up just as soon as I detach and reattach my reading […]
On the set of Amazon thriller “Homecoming,” Julia Roberts had one goal: Make “mad scientist” Sam Esmail happy. The “Mr. Robot” creator loves working with lots of moving parts, which included long takes that left Roberts watching her step. “Just in terms of personal safety, I had to be pretty aware when they take the […]
For its first couple of episodes, I wasn’t sure if Homecoming was planning to play it totally straight with its intentionally retro stylistic tics. That would have been okay, but it would also be an unexpectedly stodgy choice. Thankfully, that’s not the case—and the third episode is here to make sure you know it. What […]
Homecoming, the latest series with prestige TV bona fides to come to Amazon, is about as subtle and mysterious as a thriller can get. Based on the podcast of same name, it is, on the surface, about a group of soldiers returned from combat and the facility—called Homecoming—that seeks to treat their PTSD. However, as […]
The thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock have been emulated for decades, with varying levels of success. But a new Amazon series debuting Nov. 2, Homecoming, is an exceedingly rare thing: a Hitchcock homage that actually improves on the master of suspense’s oeuvre. It’s a Hitchcockian thriller that Hitchcock himself probably couldn’t have made. Directed in its […]
Television has been asking this question a lot: What should we do with terrible memories? Should we resign ourselves to being stalked by them, like the family in Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House? Should we just acknowledge that we will walk with apparitions and that the ghosts of our own mistakes will snuggle into […]
As Amazon’s new thriller Homecoming unfolds, it becomes more and more clear that its lofty ambitions are both a curse and a blessing. The series, which stars Julia Roberts, is built like a puzzle box, weaving a story between the past and the present that often threatens to fall apart under its own weight. Its […]
Julia Roberts, who long ago earned the right to be selective in her projects, is stepping into the TV realm for the first time—technically the streaming episodic realm—for Amazon’s Homecoming. An eerie and compelling adaptation of a hit narrative podcast, Homecoming is helmed by Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail. He’s taken the purely auditory story and […]
New Amazon prestige drama Homecoming — now Certified Fresh at 96% — was designed to binge, according to Sam Esmail and Julia Roberts. Their proof? All the episodes hover around a half-hour each. “Especially when you’re doing a show with a lot of suspense, the thing that you have to modulate is how to incrementally […]
Esmail, who directed all 10 episodes of Amazon’s Julia Roberts-starring drama, speaks with The Hollywood Reporter about its tense tone, political influences, and how it’s thematically tied to his soon-to-conclude ‘Mr. Robot.’ [This story contains some spoilers from Gimlet Media’s Homecoming podcast, on which Amazon’s new series is based.] In the post-Serial podcast boom of […]
Users can scroll through many mind-bending images — including a centaur in a business suit, a shark plane and a praying mantis — that begin in a corporate park and extend into space as part of the series creator’s production company’s site. “Welcome to Esmail Corp.,” reads the greeting upon landing on the production website […]
Sam Esmail’s “Mr. Robot” is one of the most audacious, inventive TV dramas of this decade. It is also, well, a lot. It’s narratively and creatively maximalist, full of subplots, conspiracies, directorial triple back flips and twist upon baffling twist. Esmail directs all 10 episodes of “Homecoming,” a cerebral thriller that arrives on Amazon Friday, […]
Homecoming is a hypnotic blend of old-school and new. It’s fronted by Julia Roberts, one of the last of the capital-M Movie Stars hailing from an era when the idea of doing a TV series would be unthinkable. It’s directed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, who makes half of each episode look like a […]
There’s a lot of television out there these days, and the inspiration is coming from every which direction: past shows (boring), books, and now? A successful podcast. Homecoming premieres on Amazon Prime on November 2, and in one of the flashiest television headlines of the year, Julia Roberts leads the cast as Heidi Bergman, a […]
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — What do you see? If you’re listening to “Homecoming,” the cult hit podcast from Gimlet Media, the answer is nothing. A psychological thriller set largely inside a mysterious corporate facility somewhere in Florida, the podcast’s story is relayed strictly through sound, even more so than other fictional podcasts of late, or […]
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with “Homecoming” star Julia Roberts and creator-director Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”), ahead of the series’ Nov. 2 premiere on Amazon. The […]
Julia Roberts stepped out along with ‘Homecoming’ colleagues Sam Esmail, Stephan James, Shea Whigham and longtime best friend Dermot Mulroney at the L.A. premiere of the Amazon series. There was nothing robotic about Sam Esmail on Thursday night. Standing on the black carpet outside the Regency Bruin Theatre in Westwood, the Homecoming executive producer and […]
There are two types of “what the hell is going on here?” TV. There’s the supposedly complex but really just confusing kind, which makes you feel so lost that you can’t figure out what’s actually happening, even after reading multiple recaps. “I don’t know what the hell is going on here!” you scream midway through […]
“I’m controlling over anything I create,” says Sam Esmail. “I’m very precious about it.” The writer, director, and showrunner is used to constructing worlds purely of his own design, most successfully with his Golden Globe– and Peabody Award–winning USA Network series, Mr. Robot, a dizzying descent into the mind of a brilliant, paranoid hacker. Esmail’s latest […]
What’s remarkable about seeing Julia Roberts on Amazon’s new conspiracy thriller Homecoming is how unremarkable it is to see her there. Nineteen years ago (sheesh, we got old) Roberts appeared on an episode of NBC’s Law & Order and you would’ve thought the Hollywood sign was coming down. Movie stars were not meant to do TV! TV stars were […]
The best way to test any director is to give them a scene where two people talk in a room. We’ve bred a generation of technocrat filmmakers, skilled in peddling expensive set pieces and you-are-there viscerality. Consider, like, Damien Chazelle’s First Man, all meticulous drumbeat editing, camerawork so fluid it’s biological, a rippling soundtrack that deserves […]
It doesn’t take much for Monday to start off with a slight bit of paranoia, dread, and uncertainty. But just in case, Amazon’s offering up one last look at its upcoming drama series “Homecoming.” Starring Julia Roberts and based on the popular Gimlet podcast of the same name, the show takes a deep dive into an eerie […]
We’ve gotten used to big movie stars doing TV for a while now… but still, Julia Roberts starring in a TV series is a pretty big deal, right? She’s not wasting her time on the small screen, either: Her new Amazon drama Homecoming — debuting Friday, Nov. 2 on the streaming service — is a smartly layered, coolly effective […]
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 […]
Undoubtedly the biggest name of the whole showcase, however, was Roberts, who helped introduce her upcoming psychological thriller series Homecoming — set to land in all Amazon Video territories Nov. 2 — alongside showrunner and director Sam Esmail. Although the show, based on the hit podcast of the same name about a caseworker at a secret government […]
At first glance, Homecoming, Amazon Prime Video’s newest series based on a popular podcast of the same name (created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, who adapt their story for the screen here), may seem familiar to fans of Mr. Robot, which redefined the way one frames a scene for traditional television. Yet executive producer/director Sam […]
What happened to the fish?! This is just one of the many disturbing questions that the new trailer for Amazon’sHomecoming has left me with, and it’s proof that this series will be the most unsettling thing to grace streaming services in a long, long time. The upcoming show, which stars Julia Roberts and was created by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail, […]
Despite two seasons of source material to draw from, the true nature of the upcoming version of “Homecoming” has been shrouded in as much mystery as Julia Roberts’ character’s search for the truth. But now, Amazon’s released the first extended look at this season of the new show from “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail gives us a […]
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 […]
From its opening shot onward, Sam Esmail’s “Homecoming” is designed to throw you off-kilter. What appears to be a palm tree in the night sky is quickly revealed to be a decoration inside a fish tank. That fish tank is within an office, and that office is within a compound. But where’s the compound, and […]
At first glance, “Homecoming” seems to be a cocktail of buzzwords. Take one part transmedia origin story (“based on the popular Gimlet Media podcast…”), add one part movie star trying her hand at television (Julia Roberts), mix well with an established TV auteur (“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail), and serve. In practice, however, those ostensibly disparate […]
Director Sam Esmail and Julia Roberts give Amazon an intriguing, visually stunning new drama series, the first episodes of which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Let Sam Esmail make anything he wants. If that’s not a rule of television, it should be. The creator, writer and director of USA’s Mr. Robot, which redefined what a […]
The fact that the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival has chosen the Netflix movie Outlaw King for its big-screen gala opener is not lost on Michael Lerman. From the 150 TV shows submitted to TIFF, Lerman had to whittle his choices down to five lucky entrants. They range from Amazon Studios’ thriller Homecoming starring Julia Roberts and the bittersweet Sorry for Your […]
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, […]
The series will conclude in 2019 with what sources say is an expanded 12-episode order. Goodbye, friend. The end of the road for USA Network’s critical hit Mr. Robot is in sight: the previously announced fourth season of the Sam Esmail-created drama starring Rami Malek will be its last. The network-defining series will begin production in the winter in […]
Amazon Studios’ Julia Roberts-fronted TV drama Homecoming will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, leading the event’s TV line-up. The psychological thriller, which is based on the eponymous podcast, will screen its first four episodes as part of TIFF’s Primetime series, which runs September 6 through September 16.
Since Sam Esmail signed his first overall deal with Universal Cable Prods. in 2015, peak TV has kept peaking. That year, according to FX research, 422 adult original scripted series premiered across broadcast, cable and streaming. This year, more than 500 are anticipated. The number of original scripted series on streaming-only platforms could triple from what it […]
Universal Cable Productions has set four female directors to helm key pilots and new series for the studio — Steph Green, Ana Lily Amirpour, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, and Kari Skogland. Amirpour will direct another USA pilot, “Briarpatch.” The project, from exec producer Sam Esmail, stars Rosario Dawson as a Washington, D.C. investigator who returns to her […]
Third time’s a charm for the on-screen romance between Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney. The two actors, who costarred in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “August: Osage County,” are reuniting in the upcoming psychological thriller, “Homecoming,” on Amazon. And though they’ve shared lots of screen time and have had complicated ties throughout, this will be […]
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 […]
Amazon Studios used its big Comic-Con presentation today to unveil the premiere date for Homecoming, its psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts in her TV series-starring debut and directed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail. The half-hour series will bow Friday, November 2, on Prime Video.
Jeff McKibben joined Mr Robot in season 2 with former credits on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Jeff was a fan of season 1 and called Mr. Robot a dream show and job and is very thankful and grateful for the fans of the show.
Black hats and white hats alike, rejoice: In a few months, comics publisher Black Mask Studios will put out the first-ever Mr. Robot comics series. It’ll center around a prequel story by series creator Sam Esmail, with scripts from series writer Jeff McKibben and some help from writer and Black Mask founder Matteo Pizzolo. Art duties will […]
The actress will also produce the pulpy thriller from writer Andy Greenwald, UCP and Paramount TV. Rosario Dawson is returning to the small screen. The actress, who most recently appeared in Netflix’s suite of Marvel dramas, has been tapped to topline USA Network’s drama pilot BRIARPATCH.
LOST alum Carlton Cuse and AMERICAN GODS EP Neil Gaiman will be joined by THE TICK creator Ben Edlund, MR. ROBOT’s Sam Esmail, who is helming the upcoming HOMECOMING, LORE EP Gale Anne Hurd and Naren Shankar, showrunner of THE EXPANSE.
Universal has optioned the rights to Tamer Elnoury and Kevin Maurer’s book American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent which Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will direct and produce and his Emmy-winning star Rami Malek will headline.
Based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name, the series follows Allegra Dill, a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered by a car bomb.
Amazon’s upcoming TV series Homecoming has added a second Oscar-winning actress, with Sissy Spacek (Carrie) set to recur opposite Julia Roberts in the project from Universal Cable Productions, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, and Anonymous Content.
Shea Whigham is set as a series regular and Hong Chau, Shameless star Jeremy Allen White and Sydney Poitier have been cast in recurring roles opposite Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale and Stephan James in Homecoming.
It’s a My Best Friend’s Wedding reunion! Dermot Mulroney will join Julia Roberts in Amazon’s forthcoming series Homecoming in a recurring guest star role.
“We’re done with the fun and games,” the writer-director tells THR about what to expect in the new season of the award-winning thriller.
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In this week’s episode, Variety‘s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum chats with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail about the show’s recently wrapped Season 3 and upcoming Season 4.
As the hacktivism drama returns, its writer discusses crafting fiction in the fake news era, the problem with diverse casting – and why he ignores his critics.