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Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 10:16PM EST
How Homecoming can survive without Julia Roberts
Roberts' decision not to return for Season 2 could pave the way for Hong Chau to become the podcast-based series' new star.
Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 9:52AM EST
Julia Roberts won't return for Homecoming Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Roberts will continue to serve as executive producer but she won't be in front of the camera for the second season of the Amazon podcast-based series, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which adds that Roberts only committed to starring on Homecoming for one season. Roberts had been coy about returning for Season 2 in interviews last fall, opting not to confirm or deny her return. It's not clear if any other of Homecoming's Season 1 stars will also exit for Season 2, but there is still a possibility that Roberts could drop in for a cameo in Season 2.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 12:37AM EST
It's time to re-evaluate Homecoming
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The first four episodes of Sam Esmail's Amazon series that were available for critics to review early looked terrific. But the latter episodes put the entire series in a new perspective.
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 10:16AM EST
Golden Globes: The Assassination of Gianni Versace earns the most TV nominatons
FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story led all TV series with four nominations. Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Americans, Sharp Objects, A Very English Scandal, The Kominsky Method and Homecoming tied for second with three nominations each. Cable TV had the most nominations with 32, followed by 19 for streaming services and four for broadcast networks. Among the nominees are Golden Globe Awards co-host Sandra Oh, who is up for best actress for Killing Eve.
- FX was No. 1 with 10 nominations, followed by HBO and Amazon with nine each
- This Is Us is the biggest snub, getting completely shut out after winning awards its first two seasons
- Atlanta's snub generates Twitter outrage
- Westworld, Maniac, The Handmaid's Tale, Ted Danson and Jodie Comer were among the biggest snubs
- The Good Place, The Americans, Dirty John's Connie Britton, The Alienist, Candice Bergen and Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? were the biggest surprises
- Pose, with its cast featuring five transgender actresses, makes history with its drama nomination
- Murphy Brown wasn't nominated, but Candice Bergen earned her 9th nomination for the CBS role
- From Homecoming to Kidding to The Kominsky Method: Golden Globes stuck to its tendency to honor new shows
# TOPICS: Golden Globe Awards, Amazon, FX, HBO, NBC, The Americans, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Atlanta, Barry, Homecoming, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sharp Objects, This is Us, A Very English Scandal, Sandra Oh, Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 6:36PM EST
Prestige TV of 2018 looks a like the movies of the 1970s
Source: The A.V. Club
Sam Esmail's Homecoming -- which has the same vibe as 1970s classics like All the President's Men, Taxi Driver and The Parallax View -- isn't the only show resembling 1970s cinema, says Noel Murray. Escape at Dannemora also pay homage to the legendary film decade, resembling the grime and grayness of movies like Dog Day Afternoon and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. "The cinema of the 1970s has lately become an apparently common inspiration for prestige TV dramas," says Murray. "Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe it’s just that writers, directors, and producers who grew up watching those movies see within them a visual grammar and storytelling approach that describes life in our own anxious, angry era."
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
Homecoming's "midcentury macabre" is the aesthetic of modern prestige television horror
Source: The New Republic
The Amazon series has "what I can only describe as a 'midcentury macabre' look—a sleek, aloof style that signals something is not quite right," says Rachel Syme. "The walls are smooth redwood panels with sculptural silver sconces; the couches are low, tufted, and lemon yellow." She adds: "This is the aesthetic of modern prestige television horror. It keeps popping up again and again: Black Mirror showed us subtle dystopias unfolding in pristine modernist homes, while Mr. Robot offered besuited executives planning the downfall of humanity in slick corporate headquarters. The look clearly references a bygone era—the 1950s, when America’s growing military-industrial bureaucracy provoked fears of surveillance, repression, and a state dangerously empowered by devastating new technologies. But it also pulls from the stylings of Silicon Valley today. With its tasteful, Rothkoesque wall art and quirky geometric touches, the Homecoming facility could pass for any well-funded tech start-up, an incubator of disruption. We are supposed to guess, from all this, that Homecoming is not what it seems. It’s too manicured, too monotone, too minimalist. Something is lurking beneath the tasteful, marbleized surfaces."
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Will Homecoming popularize the the 30-minute drama?
Source: The New York Times
"With today’s expansive TV drama installments typically running an hour (or more), each episode of Homecoming felt like a gift certificate for 30 extra minutes of sweet, unencumbered life," says James Poniewozik. "Thirty more minutes to work, to sleep or — why not? — watch a second episode. "They were no less captivating for being short. They may have even been better. Somewhere in its history, TV formalized the idea that drama is a marathon and comedy a sprint. Network schedules established sitcoms at 30 minutes, with commercials; dramas — with early exceptions like most seasons of The Twilight Zone — settled in at 60." Now Homecoming is part of a welcome trend of half-hour dramas that include Maniac, The OA and Vida. ALSO: To watch a half-hour drama in 2018 is to fling yourself into the unknown.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Homecoming creators explain the final scene
Why divert from the podcast? "I think we liked the idea of having a season tell a real story, not just being all about tantalization or denial, and so that's a natural moment for that story (to end on). That's kind of where that story needs to go," says co-creator Eli Horowitz in discussing the "cerebral conclusion" with co-creator Micah Bloomberg. ALSO: Horowitz and Bloomberg agonized over the finale with "endless discussions."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Homecoming is the best kind of "what the hell is going on here?" TV
The Amazon series is the mystery-box drama at its best, with the casting of Julia Roberts a stroke of genius, says Jen Chaney. "There are two types of 'what the hell is going on here?' TV," says Chaney. "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 season one, then give up on the whole thing and start rewatching old, extremely understandable episodes of Friends. Then there’s the good kind of 'what the hell is going on here?' TV, which presents a version of a specific reality, hints that there’s more to that reality than meets the eye, and then slowly reveals additional details that speak to the full truth of its characters’ experiences. In the middle of watching a show like that, you say, 'I’m not sure what the hell is going on here … and I love it.' Homecoming is that second type of series, an irresistible mystery-box drama that tells its story with carefully considered details and superb acting that grounds the whole piece in reality."
- Homecoming is fall's most bingeable show with deep-rooted paranoia that feels right at home in 2018
- Julia Roberts isn't wasting any time on the small screen: Her soft-spoken enigma gradually builds as the show becomes an awfully good mystery
- Less is very much more: Sam Esmail concentrated on a single, intricate story with 10 swift and magnetic episodes
- Homecoming's half-hour drama format is a "surprising innovation" in the Peak TV era
- Esmail brings a malevolent, Hitchcockian aspect to Homecoming, especially with his decision to change the aspect ratios
- Homecoming hums with paranoia and jangly-nerve thrills, with a Mr. Robot-y distrust of practically everything
- Eerie, unnerving, fascinating and spare: For viewers of Mr. Robot, Homecoming may come as a relief
- Unlike Esmail's Mr. Robot, Homecoming has the worn edges of a 1970s mystery thriller, with just a bit of old-school gumshoe TV and Hitchcock thrown in
- Homecoming is surprisingly, welcomingly low-key: It makes chaos feel manageable
- The podcast is superior: Because it is a direct adaptation, the Homecoming TV adaptation is too talky
- Production designer Anastasia White discusses creating a multi-floor set for Roberts' epic walk-and-talk
- How the sets helped Julia Roberts get into character
- Creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg strove to retain their podcast's intimate and claustrophobic character-based feel in its TV adaptation
- Horowitz and Bloomberg made multiple changes, including to the ending, so it wouldn't be familiar to fans of the podcast
- Julia Roberts doesn't consider working on a TV show a big deal: "I get it because I see that the press, as it were, sees a clear delineation between movie actor and TV actor,” she says. “For me, I’m just looking for the best part. This just happens to be a moment in my career quite joyfully where the podcast came to me, and I met Sam, and it all kind of came together.”
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Julia Roberts: Homecoming co-star Shea Whigham saved my life on the first day of shooting
Roberts and Whigham tell Variety they were shooting a scene together on the first day of production when he saw a flag — a large piece of fabric in a metal frame used to block the sun during filming — above them come loose from its base.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Julia Roberts is losing her mind in the official trailer for Amazon's Homecoming
Check out the first extended look at Roberts' psychological thriller from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 10:38PM EDT
Julia Roberts doesn't think her Amazon Homecoming transition from movies to TV is a big deal
Source: TV Guide
"I guess I didn't really think of it as small screen, big screen? My television is very big," Roberts said at the TV press tour. She did admit that shooting on the Sam Esmail-created TV series was "a great mental challenge every day. It became exciting as a crew and a cast — we all enjoyed how challenging Sam made it for us. It wasn't just about being prepared, but, can you be prepared and walk up 10 flights of steps, make a full course meal, juggle with your feet?" ALSO: Creator Sam Esmail takes credit for reuniting Roberts with My Best Friend’s Wedding co-star Dermot Mulroney.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Julia Roberts' Homecoming gets a Nov. 2 Amazon premiere date and first "official teaser"
Amazon also unveiled the first poster for the half-hour drama from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. The first teaser is set to Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place," panning through a series of empty rooms before setting on Roberts' therapist character, who says: “Shall we get started?”
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Here's your first look at Julia Roberts in Amazon's Homecoming
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The drama from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail revolves around Roberts as a Homecoming Transition Support Center caseworker who helps soldiers transition to regular life after returning from combat. But she finds her job to have more nefarious motives than helping soldiers.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Sissy Spacek will play mom to Julia Roberts' character on Amazon's Homecoming
Spacek's addition means the drama from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will star two Oscar-winning actresses.