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Mondo Shop: Homecoming Season Two – Original Soundtrack 2XLP

8/5/2020

Mondo, in partnership with Lakeshore Music, are proud to present Emile Mosseri’s score for the Amazon Original Series HOMECOMING: SEASON TWO. Emile produces a vast array of work here (27 tracks in total) which is varied in tone but super cohesive; certain cues remind of classic Bernard Herrman. Others, you can hear faint echoes from […]
Mondo Shop: Homecoming Season Two – Original Soundtrack 2XLP

Bleeding Cool: Mondo Music Release Of The Week: Homecoming Season 2

8/3/2020

Mondo releases new vinyl special editions every single Wednesday. They are the ultimate edition of whatever they put out, featuring extensive liner notes, brand-new commissioned artwork, and always have a limited-edition size. The vinyl itself is usually colored or a photo disc, as well. Basically, it’s like the Criterion Collection of movie and gaming soundtracks. […]
Bleeding Cool: Mondo Music Release Of The Week: Homecoming Season 2

CBR: The 10 Best Series to Binge Watch – Mr. Robot

7/28/2020

Before Rami Malek became Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, he was Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot. Mr. Robot is a drama thriller series created by Sam Esmail for USA Network. Malek stars as a cybersecurity engineer and hacker with a social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. In the series that lasted 4 seasons with 45 episodes, Elliot is recruited […]
CBR: The 10 Best Series to Binge Watch – Mr. Robot

The Rough Cut Podcast: Homecoming

7/27/2020

When showrunner Sam Esmail took on the challenge of bringing a popular podcast to television, he knew there was no better editor to call than the woman who’s helped make his show, Mr. Robot, a critic and audience favorite. Rosanne Tan, ACE joins this edition of The Rough Cut to discuss her work on the […]
The Rough Cut Podcast: Homecoming

Deadline: Netflix Wins Julia Roberts-Denzel Washington-Sam Esmail Package ‘Leave The World Behind’ Based On Rumaan Alam’s Upcoming Novel

7/20/2020

EXCLUSIVE: After another vigorous bidding battle for a star-cast package, Netflix prevailed and won world rights for Julia Roberts starring with Denzel Washington and Mr Robot‘s Sam Esmail directing Leave The World Behind, a feature adaptation of an upcoming novel by Rumaan Alam. I heard that it came down to Netflix and Apple and MGM […]
Deadline: Netflix Wins Julia Roberts-Denzel Washington-Sam Esmail Package ‘Leave The World Behind’ Based On Rumaan Alam’s Upcoming Novel

Decider: WHAT TO WATCH – ‘HOMECOMING’ SEASON 2

7/16/2020

Homecoming Season 2 may have flown under the radar when it premiered in May, but it deserves all the love out there. Much like the first installment, Season 2 works backwards to explain one woman’s curious case of memory loss, but this time around, that woman is Janelle Monáe rather than Julia Roberts. As Alex (Monáe) […]
Decider: WHAT TO WATCH – ‘HOMECOMING’ SEASON 2

The Hollywood Reporter: On the Set of ‘Homecoming’ – How a Complicated Shot Connected Newcomer Janelle Monae to Season One’s Storyline

7/9/2020

On the first season of Homecoming, director Sam Esmail set a lofty template with a notably lengthy one-take sequence in the cinematic tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Robert Altman. For the distinctly more expansive second season of the Amazon series, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez picked up the baton, staging a complicated and mesmerizing […]
The Hollywood Reporter: On the Set of ‘Homecoming’ – How a Complicated Shot Connected Newcomer Janelle Monae to Season One’s Storyline

IndieWire: How Janelle Monáe Built a Character We Don’t Often See in Television

7/7/2020

Janelle Monaé is highly contemplative about the roles she takes. From the time she’s presented with a project, she questions whether she’s passionate about the story and whether she can handle it with the care and precision it deserves. “It depends on where my soul is at that time,” Monaé told IndieWire. And in the […]
IndieWire: How Janelle Monáe Built a Character We Don’t Often See in Television

The Hollywood Reporter: Writers on Creating a “Talent Cocktail” With Staffers (‘Briarpatch’)

7/7/2020

‘Briarpatch’ Andy Greenwald – Creator/Executive Producer. FILLING THE ROOM Greenwald, a former TV critic, was most excited about the staffing process. “After being a professional writer for almost 20 years, the thing I wanted to get away from the most was loneliness,” he says. “I was really excited to work with other people.” Keeping in mind […]
The Hollywood Reporter: Writers on Creating a “Talent Cocktail” With Staffers (‘Briarpatch’)

American Cinematographer: Clubhouse Conversations – Homecoming Season 2

7/6/2020

Cinematographer Jas Shelton discusses his camerawork in Season 2 of this Amazon Prime Video psychological thriller with interviewer Charlie Lieberman, ASC. The first season of Homecoming was based on a podcast of the same name created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. Season 2 of this suspense drama deviates from the podcast and features a new story with mostly […]
American Cinematographer: Clubhouse Conversations – Homecoming Season 2

Awards Daily: Janelle Monáe Discusses Her Own Memory Loss and the Thrilling Season Two of ‘Homecoming’

7/5/2020

Janelle Monáe started her career in the music industry and has been nominated at the Grammy Awards for her most recent album Dirty Computer. Monáe is an artist I have been listening to for about ten years. Her music speaks to the depth and breadth of her own artistry, and she has more than made her […]
Awards Daily: Janelle Monáe Discusses Her Own Memory Loss and the Thrilling Season Two of ‘Homecoming’

Gold Derby: Janelle Monae (‘Homecoming’) on the mystery that ‘leaves us questioning not only the characters, but ourselves’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

7/3/2020

“This is a hell of a way to start season two,” says musician and actress Janelle Monae about Amazon‘s psychological thriller “Homecoming,” which returned with new episodes on May 22. Monae is new to the show this year, and when we first meet her character, Jackie, she’s waking up alone in a boat with no memory of who […]
Gold Derby: Janelle Monae (‘Homecoming’) on the mystery that ‘leaves us questioning not only the characters, but ourselves’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Medium: The 35 Best Movies of the 2010s

7/2/2020

Comet was always destined to be a favorite indie flick with Emmy Rossum and Justin Long as the lead and, really, only characters. Produced by Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail, Comet likewise mixes timelines and perspectives beautifully as you squint your eyes and scrunch your brain, trying to piece everything together. And in classic Esmail fashion, the ending is […]
Medium: The 35 Best Movies of the 2010s

Los Angeles Times: These composers are likely to score big with Emmy voters

7/2/2020

Emile Mosseri, ‘Homecoming’ – The first season of “Homecoming,” adapted from a hit podcast and an homage to the 1970s paranoia thriller, didn’t have an original score — instead, director Sam Esmail built an entire patchwork soundtrack from vintage film scores. For Season 2, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” composer Emile Mosseri was […]
Los Angeles Times: These composers are likely to score big with Emmy voters

Variety: ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 Director on Not Making the Finale Look Like ‘Jonestown,’ Creating ‘Back to the Future’ Moments

7/1/2020

Stepping onto the set of Amazon Prime Video’s “Homecoming” to direct all seven episodes of the second season, Kyle Patrick Alvarez had a big task at hand. The first season had been entirely helmed by executive producer Sam Esmail, who created a very specific visual look for the show, including the use of long, tracking oners and […]
Variety: ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 Director on Not Making the Finale Look Like ‘Jonestown,’ Creating ‘Back to the Future’ Moments

Variety: Amazon Composers On Getting Their Start, Unusual Instruments and Finding The Right Sound For Hit Shows

6/30/2020

In the latest Variety Streaming Room series moderated by artisans editor, Jazz Tangcay, Paul Leonard-Morgan and Nathan Barr joined composers Emile Mosseri (“Homecoming” Season 2), Ariel Marx (“Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer”), Faith Soloway (“Transparent: Musicale Finale”), Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Season 3) to talk about creating the sounds […]
Variety: Amazon Composers On Getting Their Start, Unusual Instruments and Finding The Right Sound For Hit Shows

Entertainment Weekly: The best TV shows on Amazon Prime right now

6/30/2020

Sam Esmail’s award-winning psychological and tech thriller Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker with social anxiety, dissociative identity disorder, and clinical depression, who gets recruited by an anarchist hacktivist group “fsociety” with plans to destroy all debt by hacking the financial data of E Corp, the largest conglomerate in the world. This […]
Entertainment Weekly: The best TV shows on Amazon Prime right now

Complex: The Best TV Shows of 2020 (So Far)

6/29/2020

Homecoming’s near-perfect debut season was a tough act to follow, particularly without Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail behind the camera or Julia Roberts in front of it. But R&B iconoclast-turned-movie star Janelle Monae confidently stepped in as Season 2’s protagonist, a woman whose erased memory leaves her piecing together clues about who she is, why she can’t remember anything, […]
Complex: The Best TV Shows of 2020 (So Far)

IndieWire: Influencers – Kevin Buchholtz Proves Sound Can Be 50 Percent of TV Storytelling

6/26/2020

Sam Esmail dives deep into the sound artist who brings “Mr. Robot” and “Homecoming” to life. Sound should be 50 percent of filmmaking (it’s an audio and visual art, after all), but too often, it’s not. This is doubly true of television, where the pre-planning required to fully incorporate sound design into the creator’s vision, and the […]
IndieWire: Influencers – Kevin Buchholtz Proves Sound Can Be 50 Percent of TV Storytelling

Assignment X: HOMECOMING – Co-creator Micah Bloomberg on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

6/25/2020

HOMECOMING, now in its second season, is based on a podcast created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. Horowitz and Bloomberg developed their 2016 audio production as a television drama, which premiered on Amazon in 2018. The debut season was nominated for Golden Globes for Best Drama, Best Performance by an Actress (Julia Roberts) in […]
Assignment X: HOMECOMING – Co-creator Micah Bloomberg on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

The Outer Banks Voice: Stream On – More unreliable narrators in Homecoming and Mr. Robot

6/25/2020

Last week we saw some examples of the unreliable narrator of fiction in some recent TV series. Here are two more recent ones in Amazon’s Homecoming, the second season of which was uploaded recently to their Prime Video platform, and another in Homecoming producer Sam Esmail’s Mr. Robot. HOMECOMING SEASON ONE (Prime Video; on demand on Vudu, […]
The Outer Banks Voice: Stream On – More unreliable narrators in Homecoming and Mr. Robot

Deadline: ‘Homecoming’ Team On Delving Into Wide-Open Spaces In Season 2 – Contenders TV

6/20/2020

The first season of Homecoming was deliberately claustrophobic, set largely in the Homecoming Transitional Support Center with nods to All the President’s Men and The Parallax View. Season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video drama is a little bit less Alan Pakula and a little more Brian De Palma, according to director/executive producer Kyle Patrick Alvarez. “One of the draws […]
Deadline: ‘Homecoming’ Team On Delving Into Wide-Open Spaces In Season 2 – Contenders TV

SYFY WIRE: LOOK OF THE WEEK – JANELLE MONÁE’S HOMECOMING STYLE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

6/19/2020

Welcome back to Look of the Week, celebrating the best in TV and film sartorial excellence, past and present across sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre classics! Janelle Monáe has threaded science-fiction influences into her music and red carpet attire, as well as choosing genre film and television roles in her acting career. The multi-hyphenate star […]
SYFY WIRE: LOOK OF THE WEEK – JANELLE MONÁE’S HOMECOMING STYLE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Panavision: PLAYING TRICKS WITH THE MIND – Cinematographer Jas Shelton achieves continuity with a twist using DXL2 for the return of Homecoming

6/17/2020

The psychological thriller Homecoming returns for its sophomore season with fresh twists, nail-biting cliff-hangers, and more of the unnerving cinematography that characterized the critically acclaimed first run. Cinematographer Jas Shelton and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez took the reins for all of Season 2, following the work of DP Tod Campbell and director Sam Esmail on Season […]
Panavision: PLAYING TRICKS WITH THE MIND – Cinematographer Jas Shelton achieves continuity with a twist using DXL2 for the return of Homecoming

Gold Derby: Gloria Reuben (‘Mr. Robot’) on how final season features ‘the trickiest thing I’ve ever done onscreen’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

6/15/2020

Gloria Reuben went to some heavy places on the final season of USA’s “Mr. Robot.” She reprised her guest role as Elliot’s (Rami Malek) therapist Krista, who is kidnapped and interrogated by the villainous Vera (Elliot Villar) around the midway point of the season in order to better understand Elliot’s psyche. Through two episodes, she is […]
Gold Derby: Gloria Reuben (‘Mr. Robot’) on how final season features ‘the trickiest thing I’ve ever done onscreen’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Variety: Janelle Monáe – The Interracial Queer Relationship in ‘Homecoming’ Is ‘The Representation We Need’ Now

6/9/2020

Janelle Monáe, the musician and actor, has always been political, and during this dreadful year she has been further ignited. Her impassioned activism was front and center even during her opening performance at the Academy Awards: “Tonight, we celebrate all the amazing talent in this room!” Monáe said exultantly to the Oscars audience in February as she sang […]
Variety: Janelle Monáe – The Interracial Queer Relationship in ‘Homecoming’ Is ‘The Representation We Need’ Now

Backstage: Kyle Patrick Alvarez on ‘Homecoming,’ Janelle Monáe, + the Challenges of Directing TV

6/9/2020

“I got great advice on my first episode of TV from a director who described the episodic television gig as substitute teaching,” says director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. “A substitute teacher can show up and try to make the classroom too much of their own for that day, and then it’s exhausting, or they come in and […]
Backstage: Kyle Patrick Alvarez on ‘Homecoming,’ Janelle Monáe, + the Challenges of Directing TV

CBR: Homecoming – Directors Sam Esmail & Kyle Patrick Alvarez Talk Season 2

5/31/2020

When Homecoming’s first season came out in 2018, every episode was directed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. In Season 2, however, Esmail took a step back. While he was still involved as an executive producer, Kyle Patrick Alvarez took over as the director of the seven new episodes that were recently released on Amazon Prime. And while […]
CBR: Homecoming – Directors Sam Esmail & Kyle Patrick Alvarez Talk Season 2

CBR: Homecoming – Showrunners Micah Bloomberg & Eli Horowitz On Crafting Season 2

5/31/2020

As the originators of the podcast on which Amazon Prime’s Homecoming is based, co-creators and co-showrunners Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz are the masterminds of the mystery. However, the show’s second season offered a new challenge: moving the first season’s story forward while focusing on a new lead character and introducing a fresh mystery. The […]
CBR: Homecoming – Showrunners Micah Bloomberg & Eli Horowitz On Crafting Season 2

TVLine: Performer of the Week – Hong Chau

5/30/2020

THE PERFORMER | Hong Chau THE SHOW | Homecoming THE EPISODE | “Again” (May 22, 2020) THE PERFORMANCE | Amazon’s puzzle-box thriller dazzles us with shocking plot twists and tantalizing clues to untangle, but really, it’s the generously humane, emotionally insightful performances that stick with us. Case in point: Chau, who took a tiny role in Season 1 and blew […]
TVLine: Performer of the Week – Hong Chau

Reverb: Interview – Emile Mosseri on Homecoming’s New Synth-Laden Score

5/29/2020

At 34 years old, Emile Mosseri is a man whose name you may have not heard, but whose work you’ve more than likely felt. In 2019, Mosseri was the sole composer of the critical darling The Last Black Man in San Francisco, imbuing the film with an operatic decadence that is as identifiable as any of the acting. […]
Reverb: Interview – Emile Mosseri on Homecoming’s New Synth-Laden Score

Den Of Geek: Homecoming Season 2 Timeline Explained

5/28/2020

Homecoming season 2 picks up where the first installment left off…but not right away. Join us in unpacking the season’s full chronological narrative. A woman wakes up on a canoe in the middle of a lake, she has no idea who she is or how she got there. She sees a man on shore and […]
Den Of Geek: Homecoming Season 2 Timeline Explained

Vulture: The Secret Weapon of Homecoming’s New Season? An Original Score.

5/28/2020

When Emile Mosseri stepped in as the composer of Homecoming, he had gigantic shoes to fill. The first season of the Amazon Prime series, based on the popular Gimlet podcast, was “scored” by the likes of Bernard Herrmann, David Shire, and Vangelis — a trio of Oscar-winning legends who, it should be noted, are either dead […]
Vulture: The Secret Weapon of Homecoming’s New Season? An Original Score.

Architectural Digest: Homecoming Season Two Goes Deeper Into the Geist Group Headquarters

5/27/2020

Production designer Nora Takacs Ekberg called upon her architecture background to create the modernist-inspired space of the mysterious company. The suspenseful first season of the Amazon show Homecoming took place mainly inside a mysterious facility where soldiers, fresh from deployment, receive treatment designed to help them reenter society. Without revealing too many spoilers, that facility […]
Architectural Digest: Homecoming Season Two Goes Deeper Into the Geist Group Headquarters

Vulture: Homecoming’s Showrunners on the Art of Building a Conspiracy Thriller

5/27/2020

Spoilers below for Homecoming seasons one and two. The mid-credits scene in Homecoming’s first-season finale offered a big moment in the life of a minor character. Up until then, Audrey Temple, played by powerhouse Hong Chau, was a lowly receptionist at Geist, the company that was secretly testing an experimental memory-erasing drug on military veterans. But […]
Vulture: Homecoming’s Showrunners on the Art of Building a Conspiracy Thriller

Creative Planet Network: How That Eight-Minute, Single-Take Shot in “Homecoming” Happened

5/26/2020

The secretive Geist Group is still peddling memory erasing drugs in Homecoming but little else about season two of Amazon Prime’s series is normal. The new series is an intriguing continuation of the last with Geist’s flower-powered drug at the center of the plot but with a new lead amnesiac character, Jackie (played by Janelle Monáe) and […]
Creative Planet Network: How That Eight-Minute, Single-Take Shot in “Homecoming” Happened

Go Creative Show: Homecoming Season 2 Cinematography (with Jas Shelton)

5/26/2020

Amazon Prime’s HOMECOMING has some of the most compelling visuals on tv. Listen as Cinematographer Jas Shelton shares his techniques for lighting, lensing, camera movement and more. Jas and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss how the look has evolved for season 2, how Alfred Hitchcock inspired the show, how they achieve the show’s incredible cinematography, the […]
Go Creative Show: Homecoming Season 2 Cinematography (with Jas Shelton)

Remezcla: Kyle Patrick Alvarez Talks About Queering ‘Homecoming’ for Season 2 with Janelle Monáe

5/26/2020

Kyle Patrick Alvarez was a big Homecoming fan. Like many of us, he’d been won over by the twisty thriller about a private veteran program dabbling into memory loss territory to help treat PTSD, a waitress who may have had something to do with it and a government conspiracy to keep the program’s failure from going […]
Remezcla: Kyle Patrick Alvarez Talks About Queering ‘Homecoming’ for Season 2 with Janelle Monáe

Entertainment Weekly: Homecoming creators answer burning questions about season 2

5/24/2020

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Homecoming season 2. “Is it gonna hurt?” “I don’t remember.” That back-and-forth in the final moments of Homecoming season 2, between Audrey (Hong Chau) and Alex (Janelle Monáe), a couple who will soon have no memory of their relationship, perfectly sums up the latest seven episodes of the Amazon Prime thriller. […]
Entertainment Weekly: Homecoming creators answer burning questions about season 2

The Atlantic: 25 Half-Hour Shows to Watch Now

5/24/2020

HOMECOMING When Sam Esmail’s eerie thriller (an adaptation of the hit podcast of the same name) debuted in 2018, it felt distinctive for a number of reasons: its star (Julia Roberts in her first major TV role, playing Heidi, an administrator at a government facility for soldiers who’ve returned from combat); a winning performance from […]
The Atlantic: 25 Half-Hour Shows to Watch Now

Collider: Janelle Monae on Season 2 of ‘Homecoming’ and Her Love of Sci-Fi

5/24/2020

From co-creators Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, the Amazon Prime Video original series Homecoming has returned for a second season with a new mystery, as Jackie (Janelle Monáe) wakes up to find herself floating in a boat in the middle of a lake and no memories of who she is or how she got there. And when her search […]
Collider: Janelle Monae on Season 2 of ‘Homecoming’ and Her Love of Sci-Fi

Collider: How the ‘Homecoming’ Team Made Sure Season 2 Was the Same (But Different)

5/23/2020

The people who brought Homecoming Season 2 to life knew they had a challenge ahead of them. After all, the first season of the Amazon half-hour drama was unique in so many fascinating ways: It was based on a scripted podcast, starred a very de-glammed Julia Roberts, and experimented with every aspect of production, even the shape […]
Collider: How the ‘Homecoming’ Team Made Sure Season 2 Was the Same (But Different)

USA Today: Janelle Monae on ‘Homecoming’ Season 2, Little Richard and why she can’t make music in quarantine

5/22/2020

Janelle Monae is many things: an eight-time Grammy nominee, LGBTQ icon and breakthrough actress seen in “Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures” and “Harriet.” But one thing she’s not, is inspired. In quarantine, “I haven’t been working on music,” Monae says by phone earlier this week. “Music is so rooted in the reality I lived in pre-pandemic and I’m still trying […]
USA Today: Janelle Monae on ‘Homecoming’ Season 2, Little Richard and why she can’t make music in quarantine

Entertainment Tonight: ‘Homecoming’ Creators on What Janelle Monae Brings to Season 2 and the Future of the Series (Exclusive)

5/22/2020

When Homecoming, the half-hour psychological thriller about a caseworker working at a mysterious facility that helps soldiers transition back to civilian life, debuted in 2018, it marked Julia Roberts’ first starring TV role three decades into her celebrated career. Not long after the Amazon original premiered, it was revealed that the star would not be returning as Heidi […]
Entertainment Tonight: ‘Homecoming’ Creators on What Janelle Monae Brings to Season 2 and the Future of the Series (Exclusive)

Complex: ‘Homecoming’ Star Stephan James Breaks Down Walter’s Evolution in Season 2

5/22/2020

After the way he closed the opus that was Season 4 of Mr. Robot, I was intrigued about where Sam Esmail would be taking Season 2 of Homecoming, given that there was no more story from the original podcast to base Season 2 on. With Esmail allowing Kyle Patrick Alvarez direct every episode of this season (similar to what he […]
Complex: ‘Homecoming’ Star Stephan James Breaks Down Walter’s Evolution in Season 2

Los Angeles Times: ‘Homecoming’ Season 2’s ‘pretty gnarly’ ending, explained

5/22/2020

During a time we won’t soon forget, Amazon Prime’s memory-collapsing thriller “Homecoming” is back for a bit of total (un)recall. Based on Gimlet Media’s fictional podcast, the first season of the streaming series revolved around three characters: Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts), a therapist at a secret government facility treating soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder through what was referred to […]
Los Angeles Times: ‘Homecoming’ Season 2’s ‘pretty gnarly’ ending, explained

The Playlist: ‘Homecoming’s’ Kyle Patrick Alvarez On The Brilliance Of Joan Cusack & Embracing The 30-Minute Thriller Format [Interview]

5/22/2020

It’s one thing for an actor to replace a superstar in the second season of a TV series. For Amazon Prime’s “Homecoming” that meant Janelle Monae effectively needing to fill the shoes of one of the few real movie stars left in the world, Julia Roberts. It’s another thing for a filmmaker to replace the […]
The Playlist: ‘Homecoming’s’ Kyle Patrick Alvarez On The Brilliance Of Joan Cusack & Embracing The 30-Minute Thriller Format [Interview]

Entertainment Weekly: What to Watch this Weekend – Janelle Monáe leads a new mystery in Homecoming season 2

5/22/2020

Homecoming is back with a new star and new dose of mystery. And after a season inside, the new installment of the Amazon thriller immediately gets some sun, kicking off with another military veteran, Jackie (Janelle Monáe), waking up in a rowboat with no recollection of how she got there — or who she is. Her search […]
Entertainment Weekly: What to Watch this Weekend – Janelle Monáe leads a new mystery in Homecoming season 2

Vulture: Hong Chau Doesn’t Need Your Approval “I don’t task myself with changing minds or being understood anymore.”

5/22/2020

You’re not really supposed to notice Hong Chau in the first season of Homecoming until it’s too late. She plays Audrey Temple, a secretary at the unscrupulous Geist Group’s offices and assistant to professional dick-swinger Colin Belfast (played by expert bloviator Bobby Cannavale). Female secretaries often have a thankless role in both life and onscreen—an office drone […]
Vulture: Hong Chau Doesn’t Need Your Approval “I don’t task myself with changing minds or being understood anymore.”

Vulture: What to Remember About Homecoming Season 1

5/22/2020

It’s been a year and a half since Amazon Prime’s Homecoming premiered — leading to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama and multiple citations on lists of 2018’s best television (including ours) — and for most of that time it’s been an open question how the show would continue into a second season given […]
Vulture: What to Remember About Homecoming Season 1

The Advocate: A Gay Director Helps Homecoming Season 2 Find Its Queer Lens

5/22/2020

The star power of gay icon Julia Roberts aside, LGBTQ+ audience members did not see themselves reflected in season 1 of Homecoming, the Amazon thriller series centered on players within the shady Geist Group corporation and its attempts to exploit a memory-erasing substance for profit. Or so they thought. Warning, light Homecoming season 2 spoilers ahead. The thrill of season […]
The Advocate: A Gay Director Helps Homecoming Season 2 Find Its Queer Lens

The Spool: Emile Mosseri on crafting the noir-tinged mysteries of “Homecoming”

5/22/2020

Amazon’s Homecoming, based on the Gimlet Media podcast of the same name about a mysterious facility meant to rehabilitate combat veterans, but which carries its own secrets, was one of the most inventive and deeply strange TV series of 2018. Directed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail, the show was a twisty, timeline-hopping mystery carried musically by source tracks from noir thrillers […]
The Spool: Emile Mosseri on crafting the noir-tinged mysteries of “Homecoming”

The A.V. Club: Interview – Homecoming director on half-hour dramas and the Pavlovian response to Fleetwood Mac

5/22/2020

When he took on directing duties for the second season of Homecoming, Kyle Patrick Alvarez sought to build on the mystery established by Sam Esmail and executive producers Micah Goldberg and Eli Horowitz in season one, while carving out space for a new story centered on new lead played by Janelle Monáe. The second season of Amazon’s […]
The A.V. Club: Interview – Homecoming director on half-hour dramas and the Pavlovian response to Fleetwood Mac

NY Daily News: ‘Homecoming’ returns to Amazon without Julia Roberts, but with plenty of intrigue

5/22/2020

Julia Roberts is gone as “Homecoming” returns to Amazon for Season 2, but the central question remains: Can you relieve trauma by forgetting it? The psychological thriller lost its marquee leading lady, but Stephan James, who played hero Walter Cruz, is back. In addition, Janelle Monáe and Chris Cooper lend some star power to the […]
NY Daily News: ‘Homecoming’ returns to Amazon without Julia Roberts, but with plenty of intrigue

HuffPost: Inside The ‘Pulpy’ New ‘Homecoming’ Season Starring Janelle Monáe

5/22/2020

Kyle Patrick Alvarez, who directed the seven-episode follow-up, details how the show forged ahead without Julia Roberts. The first season of “Homecoming” began with a therapy session, gentle and unextraordinary — the start of a gradual build toward something more conspiratorial. The second season is less withholding. It begins with a flurry of panic. A […]
HuffPost: Inside The ‘Pulpy’ New ‘Homecoming’ Season Starring Janelle Monáe

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘TV’s Top 5’ – Sam Esmail on ‘Homecoming’ Changes, ‘Battlestar’ Vision and What’s Next

5/22/2020

Welcome to another episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the week in TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executive and other guests and provide a critical guide of […]
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘TV’s Top 5’ – Sam Esmail on ‘Homecoming’ Changes, ‘Battlestar’ Vision and What’s Next

Salon: “It’s capitalism over citizenship” – Janelle Monae on our dystopia echoing Amazon’s “Homecoming”

5/21/2020

Salon talks to the actor and pop music innovator about her role in Season 2 of Amazon’s extraordinary thriller. Janelle Monae grew up with an appreciation for science fiction, flying the flag of its creative influence in much of her music and visual art. Consider her 2010 album “The ArchAndroid,” an auditory homage to Fritz Lang’s […]
Salon: “It’s capitalism over citizenship” – Janelle Monae on our dystopia echoing Amazon’s “Homecoming”

Shondaland: In Amazon’s ‘Homecoming,’ Janelle Monáe Continues to Be a Creative Shapeshifter

5/21/2020

While filming the second season of Amazon’s Homecoming, Janelle Monáe had just completed an intense scene when she heard a scream. “The guys in production said, ‘[We] think that’s Julia Roberts,’” Monáe recalls excitedly. “She likes this take.” Indeed, that yelp of approval came from Roberts. The veteran actress led the first season of the […]
Shondaland: In Amazon’s ‘Homecoming,’ Janelle Monáe Continues to Be a Creative Shapeshifter

Entertainment Weekly: Janelle Monáe on taking over as Homecoming star – ‘There’s no replacing Queen Julia’

5/21/2020

Homecoming season 2 is shrouded in mystery, but new star Janelle Monáe wants you to know two things: She’s not replacing Julia Roberts, and the Golden Globe-nominated series has gone up a level. “When I read these episodes, I was like, ‘Oh wow, this is still going to have a very special quality and take everyone in an unexpected […]
Entertainment Weekly: Janelle Monáe on taking over as Homecoming star – ‘There’s no replacing Queen Julia’

Entertainment Tonight: ‘Homecoming’ – How a Leap of Faith Paid Off for Hong Chau in Season 2 (Exclusive)

5/21/2020

Homecoming, the half-hour Amazon psychological thriller about a caseworker (Julia Roberts) working at a mysterious facility that helps soldiers transition back to civilian life, is back with a second season that shows just what went on behind the scenes. While the new episodes shift focus onto a new mystery involving military veteran Jackie (Janelle Monae) […]
Entertainment Tonight: ‘Homecoming’ – How a Leap of Faith Paid Off for Hong Chau in Season 2 (Exclusive)

The Daily Beast: ‘Homecoming’s’ Timely Return – Hitchcockian Anxiety, Big-Pharma Paranoia, and Janelle Monáe

5/21/2020

Supernova singer-actress Janelle Monáe fills in for Julia Roberts in Amazon’s psychological thriller. The new season’s cast outlines all the way it aims to blow your mind…again. You wake up and you don’t recognize the world around you. It’s like you’re in a parallel universe. You don’t understand your place in it, or who you […]
The Daily Beast: ‘Homecoming’s’ Timely Return – Hitchcockian Anxiety, Big-Pharma Paranoia, and Janelle Monáe

Metro Philly: The cast and crew of ‘Homecoming’ explain their roles in season 2

5/20/2020

When ‘Homecoming’ first hit Amazon Prime’s queue of binge-worthy shows, many fans were floored by the mystery behind the plot. Much of that first season took audiences on a ride containing constant questions related to what exactly was going on at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a new program designed to assist ex-servicemen smoothly reintegrate […]
Metro Philly: The cast and crew of ‘Homecoming’ explain their roles in season 2

The New York Times: Janelle Monáe Touches Down in ‘Homecoming’

5/20/2020

The intergalactically attuned pop singer and star of films like “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” continues to expand her horizons as an actor, playing the lead in the new season of the Amazon thriller. If there is any silver lining to the weeks that Janelle Monáe has spent sheltering in place, it is the opportunity it has afforded […]
The New York Times: Janelle Monáe Touches Down in ‘Homecoming’

Motion Picture Sound Editors: “Mr. Robot” Sound Advice Event with Sound Supervisor Kevin Buchholz

5/20/2020

Please join us via zoom for a discussion with Mr. Robot sound supervisor Kevin Buchholz.  He will present scenes and discuss the concepts, challenges, and design choices that went into the sound editing for this series. This is a chance to ask questions and continue our mission for the Motion Picture Sound Editors to keep bringing […]
Motion Picture Sound Editors: “Mr. Robot” Sound Advice Event with Sound Supervisor Kevin Buchholz

The Playlist: Janelle Monae On The Challenge Of ‘Homecoming’ & How ‘Antebellum’ May ‘Trigger’ People [Interview]

5/19/2020

Janelle Monae is more than just an incredible singer, dancer, songwriter and actor. She’s an activist and a community leader. In fact, few people have remained as busy as Monae during this stay at home period. Still, it was somewhat surprising that she found the time in her seemingly always packed schedule to topline the second […]
The Playlist: Janelle Monae On The Challenge Of ‘Homecoming’ & How ‘Antebellum’ May ‘Trigger’ People [Interview]

The A.V. Club: Janelle Monáe explains how Homecoming parallels our current “alternate universe”

5/19/2020

As a musician, Janelle Monáe is such an endearing display of pop stardom that it’s almost easy to forget she’s also proven herself to be a chameleonic actor. Whether breaking hearts in Moonlight or breaking down barriers in Hidden Figures, Monáe’s on-screen work is imbued with a real humanity, and that’s on display yet again in the second […]
The A.V. Club: Janelle Monáe explains how Homecoming parallels our current “alternate universe”

Vanity Fair: Janelle Monáe: Artist in Residence

5/19/2020

Her new roles—on Amazon’s Homecoming and in the summer horror movie Antebellum—are perfect for our unsettled moment. The eight-time Grammy nominee, style icon, and Prince protégé speaks from quarantine about fear, fury, and her hope for “a real uprising.” Janelle Monáe’s voice flows like a sound bath calibrated to induce hypnosis. “You’re in my imagination,” she says. I have […]
Vanity Fair: Janelle Monáe: Artist in Residence

NPR: Janelle Monáe Wants To Represent The Underdog – In Music And Onscreen

5/18/2020

Janelle Monáe is interested in what it means to represent minority groups in art and music. In season 2 of the Amazon series Homecoming, she stars as a military veteran who wakes up in a rowboat — unable to remember who she is or how she got there. “One of the things that really drew me in […]
NPR: Janelle Monáe Wants To Represent The Underdog – In Music And Onscreen

CBS Los Angeles: Janelle Monáe On Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ – ‘I Never Want To Limit Myself’

5/18/2020

Janelle Monáe is one of the most talented people in all of Hollywood. The 34-year-old is an 8x GRAMMY nominated musician, an actor who has been in movies like “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight,” and “Harriet” and the star of season two of “Homecoming” on Amazon. The series deals with the themes of mental health, amnesia and […]
CBS Los Angeles: Janelle Monáe On Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ – ‘I Never Want To Limit Myself’

Zora: Janelle Monáe Takes The Spotlight On ‘Homecoming’

5/18/2020

When we meet Jackie in the very first episode of Homecoming, now in its second season on Amazon Prime Video, she doesn’t know who she is. All she knows is she woke up in a boat in the middle of the water and has no idea how she got there. Julia Roberts — who anchored the series’ […]
Zora: Janelle Monáe Takes The Spotlight On ‘Homecoming’

The Verge: Streaming this week: Patton Oswalt on Netflix, ‘The Great’ on Hulu, and season two of ‘Homecoming’

5/17/2020

If you’re caught up on all your binge watching and need something new to stream, here are five options coming to streaming platforms this week, including a new standup show from Patton Oswalt and the season two premiere of Homecoming starring Janelle Monae. HOMECOMING SEASON 2 (AMAZON PRIME, MAY 22ND) Janelle Monae stars in the new season of […]
The Verge: Streaming this week: Patton Oswalt on Netflix, ‘The Great’ on Hulu, and season two of ‘Homecoming’

The Hollywood Reporter: This Week in TV – ‘Homecoming’ Returns, Summer Series Debut

5/17/2020

Amazon’s Homecoming will forever be known as the show that brought Julia Roberts to her first regular role on a TV series. But there was a whole lot more to it in its first season as it delved into a mystery surrounding the company behind a program ostensibly designed to help veterans. Roberts is no longer on […]
The Hollywood Reporter: This Week in TV – ‘Homecoming’ Returns, Summer Series Debut

Under The Radar: Premiere – Emile Mosseri “Suddenly Temple” from ‘Homecoming’ Soundtrack

5/15/2020

On May 22nd, Lakeshore Records will release the digital soundtrack for Homecoming—Music from the Amazon Original Series. It features the show’s score which was composed by Emile Mosseri, known for the music he composed for last year’s acclaimed The Last Black Man in San Francisco. You can pre-save the album here. We’re excited to premiere “Suddenly Temple,” one […]
Under The Radar: Premiere – Emile Mosseri “Suddenly Temple” from ‘Homecoming’ Soundtrack

Film Music Reporter: Soundtrack Album for Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 to Be Released

5/14/2020

Lakeshore Records will release the first soundtrack album for the Amazon original series Homecoming. The album features selections of the original music from the show’s second season composed by Emile Mosseri (The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Minari, Kjillionaire). The soundtrack will be released digitally on May 22 and is now available for pre-order […]
Film Music Reporter: Soundtrack Album for Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 to Be Released

Gold Derby: ‘Mr. Robot’ editor Rosanne Tan on working on ‘outside the box’ series final season [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

5/7/2020

Rosanne Tan edited some of the most significant episodes of the final season of “Mr. Robot,” including the premiere, the dialogue-free fifth episode and Episode 8, where Elliot (Rami Malek) finds his father’s key. Tan joined for Season 3 of the series, having previously been a major fan and she knew it was going to be […]
Gold Derby: ‘Mr. Robot’ editor Rosanne Tan on working on ‘outside the box’ series final season [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Deadline: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ – Michael Lesslie To Write & Exec Produce Peacock Reboot Of Sci-Fi Franchise

5/4/2020

Peacock’s reboot of Battlestar Galactica has found its world builder. Michael Lesslie, who was the lead writer and showrunner of AMC’s spy drama The Little Drummer Girl and penned scripts for Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed, will create, write and executive produce the series. The new Battlestar Galactica comes from Mr Robot and Homecoming exec producer Sam Esmail, who struck a big overall deal with NBCU’s Universal Content Productions last year. […]
Deadline: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ – Michael Lesslie To Write & Exec Produce Peacock Reboot Of Sci-Fi Franchise

Scriptnotes: The One with Sam Esmail

4/28/2020

Episode 449. John hosts a discussion with writer/director Sam Esmail as a part of the Showrunner Sessions at the WGA. Sam describes his aversion to writing, where his inspiration comes from, and how he learned to run a room. We also dig into craft, talking about parentheticals and mastering the tension between creating mystery versus […]
Scriptnotes: The One with Sam Esmail

Entertainment Weekly: Something is very wrong with Janelle Monáe in Homecoming season 2 trailer

4/28/2020

Prepare for Homecoming‘s mystery to be ratcheted up. A few weeks after EW exclusively debuted the first look at the Golden-Globe nominates series, Amazon has released the first full-length trailer, and it will keep us all guessing — even new star Janelle Monáe. “I knew something was wrong with me, but I couldn’t explain it to anyone,” says Jackie […]
Entertainment Weekly: Something is very wrong with Janelle Monáe in Homecoming season 2 trailer

Entertainment Weekly: Watch Emmy Rossum go blonde bombshell in first teaser for Angelyne

4/15/2020

Emmy Rossum is finding out if blondes really do have more fun. Rossum transforms into Los Angeles icon Angelyne in the first teaser trailer for the series Angelyne coming to NBCUniversal’s Peacock. Angelyne made a name for herself in Hollywood for modeling suggestively in a series of billboards only featuring her name and photo beginning in the 1980s and […]
Entertainment Weekly: Watch Emmy Rossum go blonde bombshell in first teaser for Angelyne

The Ringer: The Big Picture – Criterion Channel Is a Streaming Miracle. Here are 25 Movies You Should Watch Now.

4/10/2020

Host Sean Fennessey is joined by 15 critics, writers, and filmmakers who each recommend a must-watch from the essential streaming platform. Guests: Ari Aster, Penelope Bartlett, Erin Lee Carr, Amanda Dobbins (and Amanda’s dad), Sam Esmail, Liz Hannah, Barry Jenkins, Miranda July, Adam Nayman, Amy Nicholson, Alex Ross Perry, Peyton Reed, Chris Ryan, Benny Safdie, […]
The Ringer: The Big Picture – Criterion Channel Is a Streaming Miracle. Here are 25 Movies You Should Watch Now.

Entertainment Weekly: Janelle Monáe searches for the truth in ominous Homecoming season 2 teaser

4/8/2020

Janelle Monáe has woken up and found herself in the middle of Homecoming‘s latest mystery. On Monday, EW exclusively revealed the first look at season 2 of the Amazon thriller, which featured the pop star joining as the new lead, stepping in for Julia Roberts. Now, we’re unveiling the debut teaser — and it’s a doozy! The ominous video […]
Entertainment Weekly: Janelle Monáe searches for the truth in ominous Homecoming season 2 teaser

Paste Magazine: The 15 Best Amazon Original Series, Ranked

4/8/2020

Amazon Prime has taken a winding path regarding its original series. Initially, it had the rather revolutionary idea of combining a traditional pilot season with viewer voting to determine which shows it would move forward with. But almost from the start, Amazon ultimately just kinda greenlit what it wanted to, including shows that never had […]
Paste Magazine: The 15 Best Amazon Original Series, Ranked

Los Angeles Times: Ross Thomas, the criminally neglected spy-caper author behind “Briarpatch”

4/8/2020

The best books aren’t always prominently displayed on the bestseller shelves of our libraries and bookstores or featured in university literature courses. More often than not, they are hidden away in our basements in large battered cardboard boxes that almost everybody has forgotten were even down there. That’s where Andy Greenwald, the writer-producer of USA’s […]
Los Angeles Times: Ross Thomas, the criminally neglected spy-caper author behind “Briarpatch”

Entertainment Weekly: Homecoming first look – Janelle Monáe pulls back the curtain on ‘more suspenseful’ season 2

4/6/2020

How do you fill Julia Roberts‘ shoes? Well, according to Janelle Monáe, you don’t. “There’s no replacing Queen Julia,” says the singer-actor, who stars in season 2 of Amazon Prime’s Homecoming. Monáe admits to feeling nervous taking Roberts’ place as lead after the Golden Globe-nominated first season — that is, until a surprise set visit from executive producer… […]
Entertainment Weekly: Homecoming first look – Janelle Monáe pulls back the curtain on ‘more suspenseful’ season 2

Complex: The Best New TV Shows & Movies This Week – ‘The Plot Against America,’ ‘Briarpatch,’ and More

3/20/2020

With the coronavirus having everyone dive into TV shows they may have missed or slept-on over the years, it can be easy to forget that we’re at least getting the springtime new television slate hitting us over the head daily. Not saying you can’t get your catch-up binge on, but remember: there’s plenty fire dropping that has never aired […]
Complex: The Best New TV Shows & Movies This Week – ‘The Plot Against America,’ ‘Briarpatch,’ and More

Adweek: For Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot Was Just the Start of Exploring the Perils of Technology

3/16/2020

The creator is turning his lifelong fascination with, and fear of, tech into riveting television. The critically adored drama Mr. Robot wasn’t a science-fiction show—despite its title—yet it was one of the best series ever to tackle technology and its terrifying central role in our lives. And now that the USA Network series wrapped its four-season run […]
Adweek: For Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot Was Just the Start of Exploring the Perils of Technology

Variety: Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Armie Hammer and Joel Edgerton to Star in Watergate Series From Sam Esmail

2/21/2020

UCP has brought together a stellar cast for a series which presents a modern take on the Watergate scandal. This prospective series, titled “Gaslit,” will star Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Armie Hammer and Joel Edgerton, and has “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail on board as an executive producer. UCP plans to shop the project around to premium and streaming platforms. Given the […]
Variety: Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Armie Hammer and Joel Edgerton to Star in Watergate Series From Sam Esmail

The Ringer: The Big Picture – Introducing the Movie Director Game, With Sam Esmail

2/21/2020

‘Mr. Robot’ creator and movie fanatic Sam Esmail joins Sean and Amanda and comes bearing a new game that reveals a lot about their favorite directors, personal taste, and how they view the long arc of film. Movies have the February blues, so we enlisted a friend of the show to liven things up. Mr. Robot creator […]
The Ringer: The Big Picture – Introducing the Movie Director Game, With Sam Esmail

The Hollywood Reporter: Angelyne Joins Peacock Series Based on Her Life as EP

2/19/2020

The subject of Peacock’s limited series Angelyne is now part of its producing team. Angelyne, the L.A. billboard icon whose life serves as the inspiration for the show, has joined the project as an executive producer. She and star-exec producer Emmy Rossum announced Angelyne’s involvement in the project Wednesday with simultaneous Instagram posts. “So excited to be […]
The Hollywood Reporter: Angelyne Joins Peacock Series Based on Her Life as EP

Deadline: ‘The Resort’ TV Series From ‘Palm Springs’ Writer Andy Siara & Sam Esmail In Works At UCP

2/13/2020

 UCP is developing dark comedy series The Resort from Andy Siara, writer of Sundance breakout Palm Springs, and Sam Esmail’s Esmail Corp, which is under a deal with UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. Anonymous Content is producing. The series will be shopped to premium and streaming platforms. The Resort explores love and the weird things we do in the name of it, […]
Deadline: ‘The Resort’ TV Series From ‘Palm Springs’ Writer Andy Siara & Sam Esmail In Works At UCP

The Hollywood Reporter: Martin Freeman, Alex Karpovsky Join ‘Angelyne’ Limited Series at Peacock

2/12/2020

The drama, based on a Hollywood Reporter article, stars Emmy Rossum as the L.A. billboard icon. The cast of the Angelyne limited series at Peacock is taking shape. Martin Freeman and Girls alum Alex Karpovsky will recur in the series, which traces the life of the Los Angeles billboard icon (played by Emmy Rossum) and is based on a […]
The Hollywood Reporter: Martin Freeman, Alex Karpovsky Join ‘Angelyne’ Limited Series at Peacock

Rolling Stone: Best TV/Streaming to See in Feb. – ‘High Fidelity,’ ‘Hunters,’ ‘Briarpatch’

1/30/2020

Every month offers a variety of intriguing new shows and returning favorites. And then there’s this February, which sees everything from the long-awaited return of Bob Odenkirk’s shifty lawyer Saul Goodman to Al Pacino tracking down Nazis in ’70s New York. There’s also a documentary about a long-running fast-food scam, an animated series starring Amy Poehler, and a […]
Rolling Stone: Best TV/Streaming to See in Feb. – ‘High Fidelity,’ ‘Hunters,’ ‘Briarpatch’

The Writers Guild Foundation: Showrunner Sessions with Sam Esmail

1/27/2020

Hello, Friend. For four seasons, USA Network’s thriller Mr. Robot has bent our minds with its complex characters and layered stories about the depths and chaos of mental illness, technology, and capitalism. On this special evening, Mr. Robot creator and showrunner Sam Esmail gives us a glimpse into his creative process, how he runs his […]
The Writers Guild Foundation: Showrunner Sessions with Sam Esmail

Texas Monthly: A Ross Thomas Adaptation Rethinks the Border Noir

1/22/2020

Andy Greenwald first saw Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil around 2005, when he was 28, during what he calls his “self-imposed film graduate school.” He watched every classic movie he could get his hands on, from first-generation noirs such as In a Lonely Place (1950) to revisionist takes like The Long Goodbye (1973). Greenwald was struck by how Welles’s 1958 film, set on […]
Texas Monthly: A Ross Thomas Adaptation Rethinks the Border Noir

Deadline: ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 Deals With First Season “Fallout” & Will Be “Much More Expansive” – TCA

1/15/2020

The second season of Amazon drama Homecoming will be more expansive than the first with much of the action taking place outside of the Homecoming Transitional Support Center. The cast and crew of the psychological thriller, including new star Janelle Monáe, talked up the differences between season one of the show, which starred Julia Roberts, and the forthcoming season, […]
Deadline: ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 Deals With First Season “Fallout” & Will Be “Much More Expansive” – TCA

IndieWire: ‘Briarpatch’ Stars Discuss USA Network’s Upcoming Murder Mystery Series

1/14/2020

By: Tyler Hersko “Briarpatch” follows Allegra Drill (Rosario Dawson), who works to uncover her assassinated sister’s murderers. It’s a murder mystery — simple enough — but it’s also a show where giraffes, kangaroos, and other zoo animals roam the streets while an increasingly eccentric cadre of characters butt heads with the no-nonsense heroine. It’s pretty […]
IndieWire: ‘Briarpatch’ Stars Discuss USA Network’s Upcoming Murder Mystery Series

The Hollywood Reporter: Emmy Rossum Shares First Look as Angelyne in Peacock Limited Series

1/7/2020

The former ‘Shameless’ star is also executive producing the project, based on a Hollywood Reporter article. Emmy Rossum is getting into character as L.A. icon Angelyne for a limited series at NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock. The former Shameless star shared a photo of herself (which you can see below) as the self-made celebrity for the series, which […]
The Hollywood Reporter: Emmy Rossum Shares First Look as Angelyne in Peacock Limited Series

The Hollywood Reporter: NBCUniversal Hatches Peacock Marketing Campaign on Golden Globes Sunday

1/6/2020

By: Natalie Jarvey Teasers are taking flight during the NFL playoffs matchup between the Seahawks and Eagles and the Golden Globes. NBCUniversal’s marketing campaign for the Peacock streaming service took flight Sunday evening. The broadcaster waited until a big night of television — featuring both an NFL playoff game and the Golden Globes — to hatch the advertising spots […]
The Hollywood Reporter: NBCUniversal Hatches Peacock Marketing Campaign on Golden Globes Sunday

DEADLINE: ‘Mr. Robot’ Series Finale: Seriously, What Just Happened To Elliot?

12/22/2019

By Anthony D’Alessandro December 22, 2019 8:01pm SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains details from tonight’s USA Network series finale of Mr. Robot. If you thought the last season of USA Network’s Sam Esmail series Mr. Robot was becoming a little too straight forward and suspenseful sans its regular twist from the mind of Elliot Alderson, well then tonight’s two-hour series finale […]
DEADLINE: ‘Mr. Robot’ Series Finale: Seriously, What Just Happened To Elliot?

Bustle: ‘Mr. Robot’ Won’t Return, But Sam Esmail Has Been Planning The Ending For Years

12/22/2019

By CAITLIN GALLAGHER Dec 22, 2019 Spoilers ahead for Mr. Robot. Elliot finally got to experience what Whiterose’s machine was all about in the last 20 minutes of the penultimate episode of Mr. Robot. But plenty of questions still remain ahead of the two-part finale on Dec. 22. As Mr. Robot won’t return for another season, creator Sam Esmail has just […]
Bustle: ‘Mr. Robot’ Won’t Return, But Sam Esmail Has Been Planning The Ending For Years

Vice: ‘Mr. Robot’ Is the Defining Show of the 2010s

12/20/2019

No other show on TV grappled so seriously and thoughtfully with the staggering human cost of wealth inequality and late-stage capitalism. By Emma Garland How much trauma can you take? To what degree can an individual change society for the better? What would that change even look like? Is the world, increasingly chaotic and painful as […]
Vice: ‘Mr. Robot’ Is the Defining Show of the 2010s

Deadline: ‘Homecoming’ – Joan Cusack & Mary Holland To Recur In Season 2 Of Amazon Series

12/17/2019

Joan Cusack (In & Out) and Mary Holland (Veep) are set for recurring roles on the second season of Amazon’s psychological thriller drama series Homecoming, from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. Homecoming‘s second season will deviate from the popular Gimlet Media’s podcast which Season 1 was based on and will introduce new characters. Cusack will portray Francine Bunda, an Army officer with […]
Deadline: ‘Homecoming’ – Joan Cusack & Mary Holland To Recur In Season 2 Of Amazon Series

/Film: Hear an Exclusive Track From the ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4 Soundtrack

12/14/2019

Mr. Robot composer Mac Quayle won an Emmy for his work on the first season of Sam Esmail‘s acclaimed USA hacker series, and his work has not slowed down since. Quayle’s dark, dissonant, synth-heavy score lends to the oppressive environment of Esmail’s techno-opera about a hacker (Rami Malek) battling an evil corporation and his own personal demons in the […]
/Film: Hear an Exclusive Track From the ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4 Soundtrack

Deadline: ‘The Sinner’ Season 3 & ‘Briarpatch’: Premiere Dates & Trailers For USA Network Drama Series

12/13/2019

USA Network has set mid-winter premiere dates for Season 3 of The Sinner, starring Bill Pullman, Matt Bomer and Chris Messina, and Sam Esmail’s new anthology drama Briarpatch, led by Rosario Dawson. Both will bow on Thursday, February 6. Watch the new trailers for Briarpatch above and The Sinner below. Briarpatch follows Allegra Dill (Dawson), a no-nonsense professional who returns to her quirky hometown to solve her […]
Deadline: ‘The Sinner’ Season 3 & ‘Briarpatch’: Premiere Dates & Trailers For USA Network Drama Series

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Mr. Robot’ Star’s Villainous Origin Revealed: “She Hatched From an Egg”

11/25/2019

The Hollywood Reporter speaks with Ashlie Atkinson about carving into Janice, one of the main antagonists of the USA Network thriller’s final season. Sam Esmail’s final season of Mr. Robot has added another series regular to the pile of corpses — except this time, few people are going to be crying about the casualty: Janice, the deadly […]
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Mr. Robot’ Star’s Villainous Origin Revealed: “She Hatched From an Egg”

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Mr. Robot’ Villain Reveals His Savage Purpose: “They’ve Been Linked From the Very Beginning”

11/12/2019

Looking out at the Mr. Robot battlefield, the stage is set for a brutal battle between Rami Malek’s Elliot Alderson and BD Wong’s Whiterose — even if the latter combatant insists the two of them are on the same side. But the Dark Army and the Deus Group leader is just one of Elliot’s many antagonists still […]
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Mr. Robot’ Villain Reveals His Savage Purpose: “They’ve Been Linked From the Very Beginning”

Deadline: 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 […]
Deadline: UCP Gets Into Podcasting; Scripted Podcast From Sam Esmail Starring LaKeith Stanfield Among First Offerings

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘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 each […]
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Mr. Robot’: Sam Esmail Breaks Silence on Format-Shattering Christmas Special

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

11/4/2019

“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 (Elliott Villar) sneaking up on Krista (Gloria Reuben) and declaring, “It’s time we talk.” But plenty of action took […]
Entertainment Weekly: 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

Sam Esmail on ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and Life After ‘Mr. Robot’

10/3/2019

Soon after Mr. Robot launched in 2015, anointing Sam Esmail as one of TV’s most in-demand writers, the USA drama’s creator (an East Coast transplant) admitted to THR that he hated Los Angeles. As his series heads into its fourth and final season, premiering Oct. 6, Esmail says that’s still true. But with a massive new deal at Universal […]
Sam Esmail on ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and Life After ‘Mr. Robot’

‘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

Backstage: Why the Casting Process for ‘Homecoming’ Was Unlike Any Before It

5/10/2019

Amazon and Universal Content Productions’ “Homecoming” is unlike any television or streaming project before it. Not quite a revival or a reboot, it’s a remake of sorts. The podcast of the same name—the show’s source material—aired on the audio network Gimlet and told the sci-fi military mystery-thriller over two seasons with a veritable cast that […]
Backstage: Why the Casting Process for ‘Homecoming’ Was Unlike Any Before It

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

VEHLINGGO: From ‘AHS’ to ‘Mr. Robot’ – Mac Quayle Has Probably Scored Your Favorite TV Shows and Films

10/2/2018

If you’ve ever watched Drive, Only God Forgives, Mr. Robot, Pose, or American Horror Story; listened to New Order’s 2005 album Waiting for the Sirens Call or Sting’s “Send Your Love”; or if you listened to remixes of the work of top artists in the 1990s and early 2000s; then you’ve heard Mac Quayle’s brilliant musical contributions in some capacity. […]
VEHLINGGO: From ‘AHS’ to ‘Mr. Robot’ – Mac Quayle Has Probably Scored Your Favorite TV Shows and Films

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

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

7/19/2018

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

Vulture: MR. ROBOT Prequel Comic Coming This Fall

7/16/2018

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 […]
Vulture: MR. ROBOT Prequel Comic Coming This Fall

The Hollywood Reporter: 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.
The Hollywood Reporter: Rosario Dawson to Star in USA Network Sam Esmail Drama ‘Briarpatch’

Variety: 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.”
Variety: Amazon Reveals First Look Photos of Julia Roberts in ‘Homecoming’

Deadline: Amazon Goes Large At Comic-Con

6/27/2018

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.
Deadline: Amazon Goes Large At Comic-Con

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

Deadline: USA Orders ‘Briarpatch’ Pilot

4/12/2018

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.
Deadline: USA Orders ‘Briarpatch’ Pilot

Deadline: ‘Homecoming’ – Sissy Spacek Joins Amazon Series In Recurring Role

3/29/2018

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.
Deadline: ‘Homecoming’ – Sissy Spacek Joins Amazon Series In Recurring Role

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

3/14/2018

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

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

3/8/2018

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

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

12/15/2017

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

Indiewire: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator and Cinematographer Reveal What It Took to Make Episode 5 Look Like One Long Take

11/8/2017

Sam Esmail and Tod Campbell give IndieWire all the behind-the-scenes details on what made the show’s most groundbreaking episode to date possible. Any fan of “Mr. Robot” knows that the show loves its long takes. But Season 3, Episode 5, “eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00,” took it to a whole new level. For approximately 42 uninterrupted minutes, we follow […]
Indiewire: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator and Cinematographer Reveal What It Took to Make Episode 5 Look Like One Long Take

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

10/17/2017

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

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

10/9/2017

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