HomecomingLatest News and Opinion
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.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Austin & Ally alum Ross Lynch cast as Sabrina's boyfriend on Netflix series
Lynch has signed on as the male lead on the series based on the comic book The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, playing Harvey Kinkle. As Deadline notes, "the prince charming of this dark fairy tale, Harvey is the son of a coal miner, a dreamboat and a dreamer, completely unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart."
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 7:46PM EST
Netflix's Sabrina series enlists Perfect Strangers alum Bronson Pinchot
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The "Balki" actor will recur as the "villainous, puritanical principal" of Baxter High on the untitled series based on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book. Pinchot shares something in common with the previous incarnation of Sabrina. Both Perfect Strangers and Sabrina the Teenage Witch were ABC "TGIF" fixtures.
- Jane Leeves to play the ex-wife of Don Johnson's dad character on Erin Foster's Fox comedy pilot
- Law & Order: SVU alum Raul Esparza boards NBC drama pilot Suspicion
- Workaholics alum Blake Anderson to co-star on NBC's Like Family
- Shea Whigham among a trio of new L.A. Confidential cast members
- Scott Cohen to star on ABC's The Fix legal pilot
- Justified's Joelle Carter cast on ABC's Salvage
- Girls alum Alex Karpovsky to co-star on Julia Roberts' Amazon series Homecoming
- Janet McTeer will play Elisabeth Olsen's mom on Facebook Watch's Sorry for Your Loss
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Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
My Best Friend's Wedding reunion: Dermot Mulroney to join Julia Roberts on her Amazon series
Mulroney, who famously co-starred with Roberts on the 1997 hit romantic comedy, will guest-star on Homecoming as her character's boyfriend. This isn't their first on-screen reunion. Mulroney and Roberts co-starred on the 2013 film August: Osage County.
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:24PM EST
Bobby Cannavale will co-star with Julia Roberts on Amazon’s Homecoming
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Cannavale will reunite with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. Cannavale has a recurring role on this season on the acclaimed USA series.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 9:32PM EST
Shots Fired star Stephan James to star opposite Julia Roberts on Amazon’s Homecoming
In the half-hour thriller from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, James will play a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life and Roberts will play a caseworker at a secret government facility.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 7:58PM EDT
Julia Roberts calls her transition to TV “a total experiment”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Oscar-winning actress is following in the footsteps of her actor contemporaries in trying out television. She tells InStyle of her new role on Amazon’s Homecoming: "I don’t even know what it really requires. I just know how to watch a TV show. I don’t know how to make one.”