These days, Netflix, Apple, YouTube, and others are giving traditional TV channels a run for their money. People can watch and listen to what they want, be it a podcast or new show, whenever, wherever. Now Amazon is also wading into the game with a new series, Homecoming, starring none other than Julia Roberts.
Homecoming, which will premiere on November 2, follows Heidi Bergman (Roberts), who was a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center. The center helps current and veteran military personnel transition back to civilian life. While Bergman wants to genuinely help the veterans there, her boss Colin (Bobby Cannavale) wants to simply use them for data. The show begins years after Bergman leaves the center and is now working as a waitress. There, a Department of Defense auditor (Shea Whigham) confronts her with hard questions about Bergman’s past work. Through flashbacks, viewers slowly learn there’s a whole different side to the reality Bergman lived and worked in all those years.
When A Podcast Meets TV
Amazon chose Sam Esmail, who was also behind the hit sci-fi series Mr. Robot, to direct and lead Homecoming. Mr. Robot is a dark sci-fi drama which questions today’s reality; seems like Esmail is continuing this line, and wants his audience to face harsh truths.
Homecoming is adapted from the podcast of the same name, created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. The podcast, Horowitz and Bloomberg’s first audio drama, is now in its second season. Just like its television adaptation, the podcast sports some big names, including Catherine Keener, David Schwimmer, and Oscar Isaac!
The Silver Screen, Traditional Television, And The Internet
Julia Roberts is a famous movie star, first hitting it big back in 1990 with Pretty Woman. She is internationally recognizable, so once we heard that this iconic movie giant would star in an Amazon series, it blew our mind.
However, in the past two decades, it’s become more and more common for huge movie stars to take part in TV series. Previously, it was considered a “downgrade” to appear on the silver screen. Nowadays, the freshest and most interesting content (and of course – big money) is in television. Take Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) in BBC’s Sherlock Holmes; James Spader in NBC’s The Blacklist; Anthony Hopkins in HBO’s Westworld; the list goes on and on. Now that there are also internet platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, there are even more roles open to movie stars. For instance, Jon Hamm has a regular role on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And now, Julia Roberts will star in the new Amazon show.
Perhaps film giants are looking for unique and different roles than what Hollywood has to offer. Let’s face it, currently, theaters are flooded with comic book movies, as well as remakes and reboots. There’s definitely something fresh, intriguing, and young in these new internet platforms. There’s more room to create and grow, rather than on traditional, expensive movie sets.
We eagerly await Homecoming to air on November 2nd! We’re sure the magnificent Julia Roberts will also shine on the silver screen. Until November, you can watch the trailer here.