Full disclosure – I’m a huge fan of the podcast Homecoming and thankfully the Amazon series didn’t disappoint. Below is my interview with show creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg as they discuss taking their program from an audio world to a distinctly visual one (the series has a distinct, Hitchcockian and Brian De Palma-esque flair).
Audio enthusiasts are probably familiar with Homeland, the critically acclaimed podcast series featuring the voices of Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, and David Schwimmer. That story is now a Julia Roberts headlined series, where the visual word takes a bigger stage over the pod’s immersive soundscapes. But not to worry, this freshman series carves its own space in Heidi Bergman’s expansive and all too unpredictable world.
The third episode of Mr. Robot, a conspiracy and pulse pounding series headlined by Rami Malek, airs tonight on USA Network (10 pm et/pt), and if you’re an newbie to Malek’s diverse body of work, I’d suggest taking a look at director Paul Thomas Anderson’s ambitious 2012 drama The Master.
Although Mr. Robot has its premiere tonight (10 pm et/pt), the good news is signed, sealed, and delivered. The series has been renewed by USA Network for a second season. The pilot, which was made available online, has already collected almost 3 million views since its launch. The second season, which will feature at least 10 episodes, will air sometime next year.
The good news for actress Portia Doubledayis that the top-notch pilot for Mr. Robotis a signal of good things to come for the promising show (she’s a white collar co-worker/childhood friend of the series’ protagonist, who’s played by Rami Malek). In real life, however, Doubleday had first-hand experience of being hacked.
One show I have high expectations for, especially after watching the pilot, is the freshman thriller/dramaMr. Robot.The series centers on Elliot (an effectively paranoid yet inquisitive Rami Malek), a talented programmer who joins a hacker group (led by Christian Slater) that’s out to take down the firm he’s tasked to protect (he’s a security engineer during the day).