It’s one of the President of the United States’ favorite shows, it just swept the Primetime Emmys (the coveted Best Drama Award, plus Best Actor and Best Actress) and the second-season premiere boasted its highest ratings to date until last night’s episode broke them (1.75 million). So yes, it’s safe to say Showtime’s “Homeland” is very much the darling of the cable network who has, in the eyes of some, struggled to compete with HBO at least in terms of similar acclaim, awards and must-watch shows.
So naturally, “Homeland” has been greenlit for a third season with Showtime ordering 12 episodes just five episodes into season two. A psychological thriller developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (former “24” writers), itself developed from an Israeli series, “Hatufim,” in case you’re unaware, “Homeland” centers on a troubled CIA agent (Claire Danes) who investigates and ultimately becomes obsessed with a returning POW marine (Damian Lewis), who may or may not be an al-Qaeda-trained terrorist. Mandy Patinkin also co-stars in this extremely gripping show.
Having not seen season 2 yet (bad reporter! Someone hook us up already), it’ll be interesting to see how the show progresses. Without spoiling for those who may not have seen it, “Homeland” has been wise to go beyond a simple is-he or isn’t he conceit and continues to fascinate viewers. The writing certainly suggests a show that can go on for several seasons and the actors are all doing the best work of their careers thus far. [IndieWIRE]