Over the last several months, even dating back to last year, the billion dollar company Amazon has spent a fortune, and then some, to increase the quality of programming for their rising Amazon Prime Video. Since then, they’ve acquired a Lord of the Rings show surrounding Aragorn (Not Shown at SDCC), SYFY’s cancelled The Expanse, a series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett‘s book Good Omens, and a bevy of other promising, high profile shows. Amazon took over Ballroom 20 at SDCC 2018 to show off 5 new trailers and an entire episode of Jack Ryan! Below are the 5 trailers they showed.
Homecoming – Premiering November 2, 2018
Homecoming is a mind-bending psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts and directed by Sam Esmail (creator of Mr. Robot). Heidi Bergman (Roberts) is a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. Walter Cruz (Stephan James) is one of these soldiers, eager to begin the next phase of his life. Overseeing Heidi and the facility is Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), an ambitious company man whose manic demands point to questionable motives.
Four years later, Heidi has started a new life, living with her mother (Sissy Spacek) and working as a small-town waitress, when a Department of Defense auditor (Shea Whigham) comes to her with questions about why she left the Homecoming facility. Heidi begins to realize that there’s a whole other story behind the story she’s been telling herself.
Based on the popular podcast of the same name, Homecoming is created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. The cast also includes Jeremy Allen White, Alex Karpovsky, Dermot Mulroney, among others.
Lore – Premiering October 19
From Executive Producers Ben Silverman (The Office), Howard T. Owens (Killing Kennedy), Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Brett-Patrick Jenkins (Face Off), Jon Halperin and Mark Mannucci (A Year in Space), as well as showrunner Sean Crouch (The Exorcist, Numb3rs), Loreexplores the real-life frightening and disturbing tales that give rise to modern-day myths and legends. Season two will feature new tales from the podcast, as well as original stories not yet available in podcast form, and will star new cast members. The hybrid series will continue to feature narration, archive footage and animation to complement the filmed segments.
The End of the World is coming, which means a fussy Angel and a loose-living Demon who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late. Frances McDormand, Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, will lend her voice to the series as “the voice of God.”
The Expanse Season 4
The Expanse is based on the popular science fiction novels by James S. A. Corey and was co-created and written by Academy Award nominees Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men). The cast of The Expanse includes three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Oscar-nominee Shohreh Asgdashloo (Star Trek: Beyond) and Steven Strait (The Covenant).
The Tick Season 2
In the first season of The Tick, we find a world where superheroes and villains have been real for decades. Arthur, an unassuming accountant with no superpowers, becomes embroiled in the middle of the battle between good and evil. When he realizes that his city is owned by a global supervillain who was long thought to be dead, he struggles to uncover the conspiracy. As he becomes obsessed with the conspiracy, most people think he’s crazy. One person who believes Arthur is a mysterious new ally, The Tick, who is a bizarre blue superhero who may just be a figment of Arthur’s imagination.
Obviously, the Jack Ryan episode was not available to show, but our reporter Rob Ntropi shared what it was like, here.
So far, I’m liking everything I see from Amazon Studios, except Lore but that’s because I don’t do scary. People tend to think of Netflix and Hulu as their go-to destinations, but Amazon Prime is starting to become the latest go-to service for quality programming. With a list like this, and the current shows airing, they should have something new and good out on a consistant basis, enough to give their competitors a run for their money.