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UCP Gets Into Podcasting; Scripted Podcast From Sam Esmail Starring LaKeith Stanfield Among First Offerings

11/5/2019

After adapting four podcasts into high-profile TV series, Homecoming, Dirty John and the upcoming Dr. Death and Joe Exotic, UCP is getting into the podcasting business itself with the launch of UCP Audio. The podcast network is set to launch in 2020 with The End Up, a scripted podcast starring LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Get Out), from Homecoming executive producer […]
UCP Gets Into Podcasting; Scripted Podcast From Sam Esmail Starring LaKeith Stanfield Among First Offerings

‘Mr. Robot’: Sam Esmail Breaks Silence on Format-Shattering Christmas Special

11/4/2019

“This is the great thing about television and what a movie can’t do,” Esmail tells The Hollywood Reporter about that dialogue-free hour of ‘Mr. Robot.’ [This story contains spoilers for season four, episode five of USA Network’s Mr. Robot, “405 Method Not Found.”] For the final season of his computer hacker thriller, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail has paired […]
‘Mr. Robot’: Sam Esmail Breaks Silence on Format-Shattering Christmas Special

Here’s how — and why — Mr. Robot pulled off that almost dialogue-free episode

11/4/2019

Plus, creator/director Sam Esmail explains why they picked Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” as the episode’s unofficial anthem. “We don’t have to talk.” In Sunday’s “Method Not Allowed,” Mr. Robot very literally took Darlene’s (Carly Chaikin) declaration to Elliot (Rami Malek) in the opening moments; no other dialogue was uttered until the very end, with Vera […]
Here’s how — and why — Mr. Robot pulled off that almost dialogue-free episode

‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Says His Own Anxiety And Hacking Helped Inspire The Show

10/30/2019

Sam Esmail, the creator, lead writer and director of the TV series Mr. Robot, has always identified with computer programming and hacker culture — in part because of his experiences with social anxiety. In college, he shied away from parties and instead took refuge in the computer lab. It felt safer to talk to people online […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Says His Own Anxiety And Hacking Helped Inspire The Show

Will Mr. Robot Have a Happy Ending?

10/30/2019

When Mr. Robot premiered in 2015, it was far ahead of the curve. Its head-on critique of technocratic late capitalism and focus on revolutionary politics, not to mention its depiction of an ideologically divided populace contending with the whims of a megalomaniacal leader, only became more and more timely as the series progressed. Yet, at its heart, Mr. […]
Will Mr. Robot Have a Happy Ending?

RAMI MALEK SAYS “HELLO, FRIEND” TO HIS MR. ROBOT COMPOSER MAC QUAYLE

10/30/2019

When Mr. Robot premiered on the USA network in 2015, Rami Malek—having yet to take home an Oscar for transforming into Freddie Mercury—was still known to the world as the Pharoah Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum, or, for Twilightheads, the Egyptian coven member Benjamin, in Breaking Dawn Part 2. In the show—now in its fourth and final season—Malek takes Elliot Anderson, a […]
RAMI MALEK SAYS “HELLO, FRIEND” TO HIS MR. ROBOT COMPOSER MAC QUAYLE

‘Mr. Robot’ Final Season: Inside That Fateful “Howl of Death”

10/30/2019

The Hollywood Reporter speaks with Sam Esmail about crafting a “surreal and existential” sendoff for a fan-favorite character. [This story contains spoilers for season four, episode four of USA Network’s Mr. Robot, “404 Not Found.”]In the opening minutes of the final season premiere, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail announced his deadly intentions for the road ahead, with the death of […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Final Season: Inside That Fateful “Howl of Death”

A Former TV Critic Puts Himself Under the Microscope

10/23/2019

Making sense of what’s going on with television these days, even for those of us who write about it, can feel like going rafting with a rake. No matter how hard you paddle, you’re still barreling toward a cliff. So it was on an afternoon this spring when, feeling optimistic, I clicked an article about […]
A Former TV Critic Puts Himself Under the Microscope

‘Mr. Robot’ Final Season: Sam Esmail Reveals Brutal Villain’s Heartbreaking Backstory

10/21/2019

The differences between Mr. Robot protagonist Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) and Dark Army leader Whiterose (BD Wong) are many — he hacks people, she hacks time; he’s fighting the top one percent of the top one percent, she is the top one percent of the top one percent — but the latest installment of the final season just clarified […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Final Season: Sam Esmail Reveals Brutal Villain’s Heartbreaking Backstory

‘Mr. Robot’ Team Talks Sending the Hacker Drama Off in Style

10/18/2019

Creating shows in this golden age of television has pushed storytelling to new heights, bolstered network recognition with the debut of sole marquee series and driven top-tier talent to limited-event runs. But few of these hundreds of series to unroll over the past half-decade have also redefined an entire network while pumping out prolific content […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Team Talks Sending the Hacker Drama Off in Style

‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reboot From Sam Esmail Headed For NBCU’s Peacock Streaming Service

9/17/2019

The new NBCUniversal streaming service that the company said Tuesday would be called Peacock will launch in April 2020 with original content that includes series reboots from the NBCU library among its fare. That list includes the return of a sci-fi classic: a new Battlestar Galactica, billed as an original series from Mr. Robot and Homecoming executive producer Sam Esmail. Not much is known about […]
‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reboot From Sam Esmail Headed For NBCU’s Peacock Streaming Service

‘Mr. Robot’ Reveals Final Season Premiere Date in Bloody Christmas Trailer

8/29/2019

As a powerful computer hacker with designs on creating a new world order once said, “It’s happening, it’s happening, it’s happening.”USA Network has announced the final season premiere date for creator Sam Esmail’s Mr. Robot, starring Rami Malek as digital revolutionary Elliot Alderson. The series is set to return Oct. 6, a move that shifts […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Reveals Final Season Premiere Date in Bloody Christmas Trailer

‘Homecoming’: Janelle Monáe To Star In Season 2 Of Amazon Drama Series, Plot Elements Revealed

7/23/2019

Hidden Figures and Moonlight star Janelle Monáe is set to headline the second season of Amazon’s psychological thriller drama series Homecoming, from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. The description of her character provides some clues about the premise of Season 2. The actress/musician plays a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — […]
‘Homecoming’: Janelle Monáe To Star In Season 2 Of Amazon Drama Series, Plot Elements Revealed

Creating Amazon’s Homecoming: How music supervisor Maggie Phillips rises to the challenge

7/1/2019

Amazon’s Homecoming required music supervisor Maggie Phillips to create a soundtrack of scores. She talked to Culturess about how she pulled it off. Everything in Homecoming, Amazon’s television adaptation of the popular Gimlet podcast, feels just slightly out of place. Julia Roberts’ stripped-down appearance and reticent performance as social worker Heidi Bergman clashes with her […]
Creating Amazon’s Homecoming: How music supervisor Maggie Phillips rises to the challenge

Alan Cumming, Ed Asner Join Sam Esmail’s ‘Briarpatch’ at USA

6/24/2019

The two actors will have recurring roles in the crime drama starring Rosario Dawson. Two more actors are headed to Briarpatch. Ed Asner and Alan Cumming have signed on to recurring parts in the drama anthology from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail and writer Andy Greenwald. They join lead Rosario Dawson and and series regulars […]
Alan Cumming, Ed Asner Join Sam Esmail’s ‘Briarpatch’ at USA

‘Homecoming’ Editor Rosanne Tan Strives To Be “As Unconventional As Possible” In Her Approach To Retro Paranoid Thriller

6/20/2019

One of three editors on Sam Esmail’s Homecoming, Rosanne Tan was asked to tap into the visual and sonic style of “paranoid thriller movies [from] the past,” working within a broad conceptual framework set by Esmail, while trying to surprise him with the choices she made. Based on a podcast by co-creators Micah Bloomberg and […]
‘Homecoming’ Editor Rosanne Tan Strives To Be “As Unconventional As Possible” In Her Approach To Retro Paranoid Thriller

‘Homecoming’: Yes — Sam Esmail Knows the Geist Group Looks a Lot Like ‘Mr Robot’s’ E-Corp

6/20/2019

“We have this untrustworthiness with powerful conglomerates,” he explains on why both of his shows feature shadowy corporations (Warning: This story contains spoilers for the first season of Amazon’s “Homecoming.”) If the Geist Group, the large monolithic company at the center of Amazon’s “Homecoming,” reminds you of another big, shadowy company from a Sam Esmail-led […]
‘Homecoming’: Yes — Sam Esmail Knows the Geist Group Looks a Lot Like ‘Mr Robot’s’ E-Corp

Here’s How ‘Homecoming’ Pulled Off That Mammoth Tracking Shot in the First Episode

6/20/2019

TheWrap Emmy magazine: “It was two stitches and a multitude of tools,” cinematographer Tod Campbell says of the lengthy shot that follows Julia Roberts through a huge facility Steve Pond | June 20, 2019 @ 11:00 AM This story about the cinematography of “Homecoming” first appeared in a special section, “The Look,” in the Comedy/Drama/Actors […]
Here’s How ‘Homecoming’ Pulled Off That Mammoth Tracking Shot in the First Episode

‘Homecoming’ Sound Designers Redefine The Term “Original Score” With Sam Esmail’s Retro Paranoid Thriller

6/12/2019

With his Amazon series Homecoming, Sam Esmail strived to create a paranoid thriller in the vein of those from decades past, turning to his sound team to ratchet up the dread through experimental means. Three of the series’ key creatives, Kevin W. Buchholz (Supervising Sound Editor), Ben Zales (Music Editor) and John W. Cook II […]
‘Homecoming’ Sound Designers Redefine The Term “Original Score” With Sam Esmail’s Retro Paranoid Thriller

How the Addictive ‘Homecoming’ Mystery Unfolds Is Rooted in Set Design

6/12/2019

When showrunner Sam Esmail listened to the conversations in Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg’s popular radio-play style podcast “Homecoming,” there was a voyeuristic aspect to the mystery that reminded him of his favorite psychological thrillers from film history. “Something that was great in the podcast is that it always constantly felt like you were eavesdropping […]
How the Addictive ‘Homecoming’ Mystery Unfolds Is Rooted in Set Design

Stephan James on the Power of Taking “Colorless” Role in ‘Homecoming’: “Anyone Could Have Had This — and It’s Mine”

6/10/2019

“Historically, African Americans have been written very one dimensional,” the actor told The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actor Roundtable. “Historically, African Americans have been written very one dimensional,” Homecoming star Stephan James told The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actor Roundtable. “Perhaps they live one certain type of life. Maybe they are not educated. Maybe they are some […]
Stephan James on the Power of Taking “Colorless” Role in ‘Homecoming’: “Anyone Could Have Had This — and It’s Mine”

‘Briarpatch’: Kim Dickens Joins USA Crime Anthology As Series Regular

6/7/2019

Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Fear the Walking Dead) has been cast as a series regular in Briarpatch, USA Network’s crime anthology series from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, UCP and Paramount Television. Written by Greenwald based on the Ross Thomas novel, Briarpatch centers on Allegra “Pick” Dill (Rosario Dawson), a tenacious and highly […]
‘Briarpatch’: Kim Dickens Joins USA Crime Anthology As Series Regular

With ‘Homecoming,’ Sam Esmail Aspired for More Than Just ‘Mr. Robot’-Style Cliffhangers

6/7/2019

Each episode of Amazon’s “Homecoming” ends with a revealing moment of awareness for a character. It’s not necessarily a big twist that makes us see the world completely differently, like in Esmail’s other show “Mr. Robot,” but more of a new emotional understanding. It’s a moment the executive producer and director wanted the audience to […]
With ‘Homecoming,’ Sam Esmail Aspired for More Than Just ‘Mr. Robot’-Style Cliffhangers

‘Homecoming’ and ‘Russian Doll’ Explore Existential Half-Hour Journeys With Trippy Timelines

6/7/2019

Both Amazon Prime’s “Homecoming” and Netflix’s “Russian Doll” provocatively play with the 30-minute format, cramming their existential journeys with confusing timelines and visual detail. But, thanks to binge watching, the two shows actually function like long movies, according to editors Rosanne Tan (“Homecoming”) and Laura Weinberg (“Russian Doll”). In “Homecoming,” the ’70s-style conspiracy thriller from […]
‘Homecoming’ and ‘Russian Doll’ Explore Existential Half-Hour Journeys With Trippy Timelines

Editor Rosanne Tan breaks down the unconventional cuts of ‘Homecoming’

6/7/2019

“Sam wants us to be as unconventional as possible, but then yes, there are storytelling-type of rules that we stick to,” Rosanne Tan tells Gold Derby in an exclusive interview (watch the video above) about editing under director and executive producer Sam Esmail. They are working “for most of this year” on the upcoming final […]

‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘Homecoming’ Cinematographer on Evolution of Sam Esmail Collaboration

6/4/2019

Cinematographer Tod Campbell has an impressive resume, but he’s probably best known for helping craft the distinct moody and disruptive nature of Sam Esmail’s “Mr. Robot” and “Homecoming.” The latter stars Julia Roberts as Heidi, a former government caseworker who’s lost memory of her harrowing past. What’s your process working with Sam like? Where I […]
‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘Homecoming’ Cinematographer on Evolution of Sam Esmail Collaboration

“You’re Not Gonna F***in’ Tell Me What My Story Is”: Sam Esmail, Nic Pizzolatto and The Hollywood Reporter Drama Showrunner Roundtable

6/3/2019

Steven Canals, Sera Gamble, Marti Noxon and the late John Singleton also sound off on the scenes that make them nervous (“Part of the excitement is rattling some cages”), the most dangerous question in any writers room (“What are we going to do this episode?”) and why “it’s important sometimes to ruin the narrative.” John […]
“You’re Not Gonna F***in’ Tell Me What My Story Is”: Sam Esmail, Nic Pizzolatto and The Hollywood Reporter Drama Showrunner Roundtable

Catherine Marie Thomas (‘Homecoming’) on designing costumes in collaboration with Julia Roberts [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

5/29/2019

Every “Homecoming” outfit had a specific purpose to designer Catherine Marie Thomas. The Amazon series primarily takes place in an eerie facility for military veterans, where Julia Roberts plays Heidi Bergman, a friendly but stressed counselor who takes a special interest in one of the veterans, Walter Cruz (Stephan James). Thomas wanted to suggest an […]
Catherine Marie Thomas (‘Homecoming’) on designing costumes in collaboration with Julia Roberts [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

‘Mr. Robot’ Final Season Hints Revealed in Interactive Site

5/24/2019

After a nearly two year absence since Season 3 aired, Mr. Robot is gearing up for its fourth and final season with an ominous tease. Not a video, nor a single image — the show’s Twitter account shared a few cryptic messages on Wednesday, concluding with a follow-up tweet this Thursday. Reading like Clement Clarke […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Final Season Hints Revealed in Interactive Site

See the first look at the final season of Mr. Robot

5/23/2019

Mr. Robot is going out with a bloody Christmas. It’s been almost two years since season 3 of the Emmy-nominated drama wrapped, but creator Sam Esmail has a very early present in the form of the first look at the fourth and final season. The image below was unveiled Thursday, and within it, there’s a […]
See the first look at the final season of Mr. Robot

The Story Behind Julia Roberts & Dermot Mulroney’s Onscreen Reunion for ‘Homecoming’

5/21/2019

“Homecoming” marked another onscreen reunion for Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney, who first co-starred in “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” In the new issue of emmy magazine, “Homecoming” director and executive producer Sam Esmail reveals he was the one behind the casting, saying, “My fanboy side took over.” Esmail said he was a big fan of […]
The Story Behind Julia Roberts & Dermot Mulroney’s Onscreen Reunion for ‘Homecoming’

Anastasia White Reflects On “Homecoming,” Collaborating With Showrunner Sam Esmail

5/17/2019

Production designer helps to translate a podcast into stylistic visuals for Amazon series BY ROBERT GOLDRICH Anastasia White has earned three Excellence in Production Design Award nominations from the Art Directors Guild in her career, winning the honor in 2017 for Mr. Robot, nominated for the same show the next year and then this past […]
Anastasia White Reflects On “Homecoming,” Collaborating With Showrunner Sam Esmail

NYC’S RENOWNED IFC CENTER PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE ART OF TELEVISION WITH THE 2019 SPLIT SCREENS FESTIVAL MAY 29 – JUNE 3

5/9/2019

IFC Center today announced an impressive and wide-ranging lineup for the third annual Split Screens Festival (www.splitscreensfestival.com) taking place Wednesday, May 29 through Monday, June 3, 2019, at the IFC Center in New York City. The festival consists of special events offering a variety of looks at history, identity and the mystery of existence itself, […]

‘Mr. Robot’ Cast on Early Memories, Finale Plans and Show’s Eerily Prophetic Hacking Storylines

4/29/2019

“The tagline for season one was ‘Our democracy has been hacked,’ and that was before our democracy actually was hacked,” creator Sam Esmail said at a Tribeca Film Festival panel on Sunday. Fans of Mr. Robot have had a long and painful wait since season three’s climactic finale, which aired in December of 2017 and […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Cast on Early Memories, Finale Plans and Show’s Eerily Prophetic Hacking Storylines

‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Says Series Will End In Season-Long “Christmas Special’ – Tribeca Talks

4/29/2019

By Robert Edelstein | April 28, 2019 3:19pm Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail unwrapped only one big reveal about the coming final season of his series, which is known for tense action and psychological twists and turns. “Is anybody here a fan of British television?” he asked a packed Tribeca Talks crowd at the Tribeca […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Says Series Will End In Season-Long “Christmas Special’ – Tribeca Talks

Rami Malek on ’emotional’ final season of Mr. Robot: ‘It’s remarkable’

3/15/2019

DEREK LAWRENCE | March 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT (Almost) Goodbye, friend. Shortly after collecting the Best Actor Oscar for his crowd-pleasing performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek returned — for the last time — to the role that made him a star. The 37-year-old actor is currently filming the final season of Mr. […]
Rami Malek on ’emotional’ final season of Mr. Robot: ‘It’s remarkable’

Paul Feig, Sam Esmail, Dylan Clark Team for Universal Comedy ‘False Alarm’ (Exclusive)

2/12/2019

2:27 PM PST 2/11/2019 by Borys Kit Rob Turbovsky and Matteo Borghese will write the script. Powerhouse producers Dylan Clark, Paul Feig and Sam Esmail have teamed for False Alarm, a comedy newly set up at Universal Pictures. The studio picked up the pitch from writers Rob Turbovsky and Matteo Borghese, who will also pen […]
Paul Feig, Sam Esmail, Dylan Clark Team for Universal Comedy ‘False Alarm’ (Exclusive)

The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail

2/11/2019

ALEX: From Gimlet Media, I’m Alex Blumberg and this is Without Fail, the show where I talk with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds about their successes, and their failures, and what they’ve learned from both. We are back! Last year, we did a pilot season of this show. To see whether people would […]
The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail

Sam Esmail Renews Overall Deal With Universal Content Productions

2/11/2019

FEBRUARY 08, 2019 10:35am PT by Lesley Goldberg The ‘Mr. Robot’ creator, who also is behind Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ and USA’s upcoming ‘Briarpatch,’ was getting offers from other platforms. Sam Esmail is staying put at Universal Content Productions. The Mr. Robot creator has opted to renew his overall deal with UCP. The news comes as Esmail […]
Sam Esmail Renews Overall Deal With Universal Content Productions

Rosario Dawson talks about her upcoming USA series from the creator of ‘Mr. Robot,’ and Cory Booker’s 2020 presidential run

2/4/2019

Rosario Dawson’s acting career has spanned a dynamic range of roles in film and television, but her interests haven’t been limited to acting. In a phone interview earlier this week, tied to a recent ad campaign she’s leading for Quaker Oats on the importance of heart health, Dawson spoke to Business Insider about several phases […]
Rosario Dawson talks about her upcoming USA series from the creator of ‘Mr. Robot,’ and Cory Booker’s 2020 presidential run

Sam Esmail’s ‘Briarpatch,’ Starring Rosario Dawson, Scores USA Series Pickup

1/25/2019

JANUARY 24, 2019 12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg Writer Andy Greenwald has also signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions. With the end of Mr. Robot in sight, USA Network is moving full steam ahead on a new series from its creator. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a series order to Sam […]
Sam Esmail’s ‘Briarpatch,’ Starring Rosario Dawson, Scores USA Series Pickup

USA Picks Up ‘Briarpatch’ Anthology Series Starring Rosario Dawson From EP Sam Esmail

1/24/2019

USA Network has picked up a new crime anthology series from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, Universal Cable Prods. and Paramount Television. The first season, titled Briarpatch, starring Rosario Dawson, was originally ordered as a pilot, which was directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. In conjunction with the series order for Briarpatch, Greenwald […]
USA Picks Up ‘Briarpatch’ Anthology Series Starring Rosario Dawson From EP Sam Esmail

JULIA ROBERTS & DIRECTOR SAM ESMAIL REVEAL DETAILS & BTS INSIGHT INTO MAKING AMAZON’S SERIES, ‘HOMECOMING’

1/9/2019

By Paul Zahn | January 9, 2019 Julia Roberts is garnering rave reviews for her role in the hit Amazon streaming series, Homecoming. We caught up with the Oscar winner and Homecoming’s director to get the scoop on the acclaimed psychological thriller web show. On Why She Wanted to Star in Homecoming JULIA ROBERTS: Well, […]
JULIA ROBERTS & DIRECTOR SAM ESMAIL REVEAL DETAILS & BTS INSIGHT INTO MAKING AMAZON’S SERIES, ‘HOMECOMING’

Rami Malek teases Mr Robot season 4 ending ‘left his mouth agape’ as he says goodbye to show

1/7/2019

Tilly Pearce | Saturday 5 Jan 2019 4:13 pm Rami Malek has promised that Mr Robot is going to go out with one hell of a bang as he prepares to say goodbye to the show for good. The star, who is currently hotly tipped for an Oscar thanks to his role as Freddie Mercury […]
Rami Malek teases Mr Robot season 4 ending ‘left his mouth agape’ as he says goodbye to show

The Best Television Shows of 2018 With Sam Esmail

12/17/2018

By Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Dec 13, 2018, 8:20am EST Homecoming and Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail joins to give his picks for the best television shows of the year (9:03), talk about what he was looking for in TV this year (45:49), and his favorite performances of 2018 (72:53).
The Best Television Shows of 2018 With Sam Esmail

Homecoming: Broken Memories

11/29/2018

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 […]
Homecoming: Broken Memories

How ‘Homecoming’ became the rare podcast that actually turned into a good TV show

11/26/2018

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 […]
How ‘Homecoming’ became the rare podcast that actually turned into a good TV show

How Sam Esmail Directed the Hell Out of Homecoming

11/15/2018

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 […]
How Sam Esmail Directed the Hell Out of Homecoming

Homecoming EP Sam Esmail on That Final Scene, His ‘Instant Friendship’ With Julia Roberts and Season 2 Hints

11/13/2018

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 […]
Homecoming EP Sam Esmail on That Final Scene, His ‘Instant Friendship’ With Julia Roberts and Season 2 Hints

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

11/12/2018

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

A comprehensive list of all the songs played in Homecoming

11/9/2018

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 […]
A comprehensive list of all the songs played in Homecoming

‘Homecoming’: How Sam Esmail Unboxes the Amazon Drama’s Biggest Reveal

11/7/2018

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, […]
‘Homecoming’: How Sam Esmail Unboxes the Amazon Drama’s Biggest Reveal

‘Homecoming’: All the Classic Movie Soundtracks In the Series – And Why Sam Esmail Used Them

11/7/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’: All the Classic Movie Soundtracks In the Series – And Why Sam Esmail Used Them

‘Homecoming’ Is a Victory for Amazon—and Sam Esmail

11/6/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’ Is a Victory for Amazon—and Sam Esmail

‘Homecoming’: How Sam Esmail Made Fall TV’s Most Exciting Show

11/6/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’: How Sam Esmail Made Fall TV’s Most Exciting Show

‘Homecoming’: Julia Roberts and Sam Esmail Break Down Those Aspect Ratios, Long Takes, and Other Crazy Shots

11/5/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’: Julia Roberts and Sam Esmail Break Down Those Aspect Ratios, Long Takes, and Other Crazy Shots

With its third episode, Homecoming starts to loosen up and have some fun

11/5/2018

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 […]
With its third episode, Homecoming starts to loosen up and have some fun

SAM ESMAIL’S HOMECOMING IS NOTHING LIKE MR. ROBOT

11/5/2018

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 […]
SAM ESMAIL’S HOMECOMING IS NOTHING LIKE MR. ROBOT

AMAZON’S “HOMECOMING” IS A MASTERFUL HITCHCOCKIAN THRILLER FOR 2018

11/5/2018

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 […]
AMAZON’S “HOMECOMING” IS A MASTERFUL HITCHCOCKIAN THRILLER FOR 2018

All Is Not As It Seems As Julia Roberts Leads A ‘Homecoming’

11/5/2018

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 […]
All Is Not As It Seems As Julia Roberts Leads A ‘Homecoming’

Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, is simpler than it appears — and a pleasure to watch

11/5/2018

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 […]
Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, is simpler than it appears — and a pleasure to watch

Julia Roberts and Sam Esmail on translating Homecoming from podcast to TV

11/2/2018

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 […]
Julia Roberts and Sam Esmail on translating Homecoming from podcast to TV

HOMECOMING STAR JULIA ROBERTS WANTS TO BE SAM ESMAIL’S ‘MRS. ROBOT’

11/2/2018

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 […]
HOMECOMING STAR JULIA ROBERTS WANTS TO BE SAM ESMAIL’S ‘MRS. ROBOT’

‘Homecoming’: Sam Esmail on Crafting Amazon’s “Voyeuristic, Paranoid” Thriller

10/31/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’: Sam Esmail on Crafting Amazon’s “Voyeuristic, Paranoid” Thriller

‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Launches Wonderfully Weird New Website

10/31/2018

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 […]
‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Launches Wonderfully Weird New Website

Review: ‘Homecoming’ Is Military, Industrial and Complex

10/31/2018

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, […]
Review: ‘Homecoming’ Is Military, Industrial and Complex

‘Homecoming’ Review: A Movie Star Comes Down to Earth For Gripping Thriller

10/31/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’ Review: A Movie Star Comes Down to Earth For Gripping Thriller

Homecoming Is the Innovative, Podcast-to-TV Series You’ve Been Waiting For

10/29/2018

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 […]
Homecoming Is the Innovative, Podcast-to-TV Series You’ve Been Waiting For

In ‘Homecoming,’ a Sound Experiment Becomes Something to See

10/26/2018

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 […]
In ‘Homecoming,’ a Sound Experiment Becomes Something to See

Listen: Julia Roberts and Sam Esmail of ‘Homecoming’ on Their Instant Chemistry

10/26/2018

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 […]
Listen: Julia Roberts and Sam Esmail of ‘Homecoming’ on Their Instant Chemistry

Inside ‘Homecoming’ Premiere With Julia Roberts, Sam Esmail and Breakout Stephan James

10/25/2018

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 […]
Inside ‘Homecoming’ Premiere With Julia Roberts, Sam Esmail and Breakout Stephan James

Homecoming Is Must-See Mystery-Box TV

10/24/2018

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 […]
Homecoming Is Must-See Mystery-Box TV

How Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail adapted the hit podcast Homecoming for TV

10/24/2018

“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 […]
How Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail adapted the hit podcast Homecoming for TV

Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ Review: Julia Roberts Shines in This Breath of Fresh Air for the Conspiracy Thriller

10/23/2018

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 […]
Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ Review: Julia Roberts Shines in This Breath of Fresh Air for the Conspiracy Thriller

Julia Roberts’ new drama Homecoming is the year’s most stylish TV mystery: EW review

10/23/2018

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 […]
Julia Roberts’ new drama Homecoming is the year’s most stylish TV mystery: EW review

‘Homecoming’ Trailer: Sam Esmail Channels Hitchcockian Paranoia in Latest Look at Amazon’s Julia Roberts-Led Thriller

10/23/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’ Trailer: Sam Esmail Channels Hitchcockian Paranoia in Latest Look at Amazon’s Julia Roberts-Led Thriller

Homecoming Review: Julia Roberts’ Thriller Crafts a Gripping Mystery

10/23/2018

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 […]
Homecoming Review: Julia Roberts’ Thriller Crafts a Gripping Mystery

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

10/4/2018

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 […]
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, Matthew Weiner, Neil Gaiman Headline Amazon’s London TV Showcase

10/3/2018

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 […]
Julia Roberts, Matthew Weiner, Neil Gaiman Headline Amazon’s London TV Showcase

Amazon’s HOMECOMING Review: Julia Roberts Stars in Sam Esmail’s Slow Burn Podcast Adaptation

9/24/2018

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 […]
Amazon’s HOMECOMING Review: Julia Roberts Stars in Sam Esmail’s Slow Burn Podcast Adaptation

Amazon’s Homecoming Will Be The Most Unsettling Show On Streaming

9/18/2018

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, […]
Amazon’s Homecoming Will Be The Most Unsettling Show On Streaming

‘Homecoming’ Trailer: A Shadowy Force Threatens Everyone’s Lives on Sam Esmail and Julia Robert’s Amazon Series

9/13/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’ Trailer: A Shadowy Force Threatens Everyone’s Lives on Sam Esmail and Julia Robert’s Amazon Series

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

9/12/2018

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

‘Homecoming’ Review: Julia Roberts Shines in Sam Esmail’s Exciting and Eerie Homage to Classic Conspiracy Thrillers — TIFF

9/8/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’ Review: Julia Roberts Shines in Sam Esmail’s Exciting and Eerie Homage to Classic Conspiracy Thrillers — TIFF

TV Review: ‘Homecoming,’ Starring Julia Roberts

9/8/2018

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 […]
TV Review: ‘Homecoming,’ Starring Julia Roberts

‘Homecoming’: TV Review | TIFF 2018

9/7/2018

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 […]
‘Homecoming’: TV Review | TIFF 2018

A showcase for TV with big-screen ambition at TIFF

9/6/2018

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 […]
A showcase for TV with big-screen ambition at TIFF

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

9/4/2018

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

‘Mr. Robot’ to End With Season 4 on USA Network (Exclusive)

8/29/2018

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 […]
‘Mr. Robot’ to End With Season 4 on USA Network (Exclusive)

Amazon’s Julia Roberts-Fronted TV Drama ‘Homecoming’ To Have World Premiere At Toronto International Film Festival

8/16/2018

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.
Amazon’s Julia Roberts-Fronted TV Drama ‘Homecoming’ To Have World Premiere At Toronto International Film Festival

Inside the Art of the Peak TV Overall Deal

8/15/2018

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 […]
Inside the Art of the Peak TV Overall Deal

Universal Cable Productions Sets Four Female Pilot Directors (EXCLUSIVE)

8/2/2018

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 […]
Universal Cable Productions Sets Four Female Pilot Directors (EXCLUSIVE)

TCA 2018: Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney are together again in Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’

7/31/2018

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 […]
TCA 2018: Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney are together again in Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’

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

7/30/2018

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

Julia Roberts And Sam Esmail’s ‘Homecoming’ Gets Premiere Date & Teaser Trailer – Comic-Con

7/24/2018

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.
Julia Roberts And Sam Esmail’s ‘Homecoming’ Gets Premiere Date & Teaser Trailer – Comic-Con

SDCC ‘18: Jeff McKibben and Matteo Pizzolo talk F*Society origins in Black Mask’s MR. ROBOT Panel

7/24/2018

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.
SDCC ‘18: Jeff McKibben and Matteo Pizzolo talk F*Society origins in Black Mask’s MR. ROBOT Panel

MR. ROBOT Prequel Comic Coming This Fall

7/24/2018

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 […]
MR. ROBOT Prequel Comic Coming This Fall

Rosario Dawson to Star in USA Network Sam Esmail Drama ‘Briarpatch’

7/10/2018

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.
Rosario Dawson to Star in USA Network Sam Esmail Drama ‘Briarpatch’

Amazon Reveals First Look Photos of Julia Roberts in ‘Homecoming’

6/29/2018

Amazon has released the first look at Julia Roberts in the upcoming drama series “Homecoming.”
Amazon Reveals First Look Photos of Julia Roberts in ‘Homecoming’

Amazon Goes Large At Comic-Con

6/28/2018

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.
Amazon Goes Large At Comic-Con

‘Mr. Robot’ Duo Rami Malek And Sam Esmail Reteam For Universal’s ‘American Radical’

6/6/2018

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.
‘Mr. Robot’ Duo Rami Malek And Sam Esmail Reteam For Universal’s ‘American Radical’

USA Orders ‘Briarpatch’ Pilot

6/6/2018

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.
USA Orders ‘Briarpatch’ Pilot

Sissy Spacek Joins Amazon Series in Recurring Role

6/6/2018

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.
Sissy Spacek Joins Amazon Series in Recurring Role

‘Homecoming’: Shea Whigham, Hong Chau, Jeremy Allen White & Sydney Poitier Join Julia Roberts Amazon Serie

6/6/2018

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.
‘Homecoming’: Shea Whigham, Hong Chau, Jeremy Allen White & Sydney Poitier Join Julia Roberts Amazon Serie

Dermot Mulroney Set to Reunite With Julia Roberts For ‘Homecoming’

6/6/2018

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.
Dermot Mulroney Set to Reunite With Julia Roberts For ‘Homecoming’

‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail on Kicking Into “Higher Gear” With Season 3

3/27/2018

“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.
‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail on Kicking Into “Higher Gear” With Season 3

Remote Controlled: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Reflects on Season 3, Previews Season 4

3/27/2018

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.
Remote Controlled: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Reflects on Season 3, Previews Season 4

Interview: Mr Robot creator Sam Esmail: ‘The world has become unreliable’

3/27/2018

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.
Interview: Mr Robot creator Sam Esmail: ‘The world has become unreliable’