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October 22, 2012 3:24 PM
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Showtime Renews 'Homeland' For a Third Season

Damian Lewis on 'Homeland' Kent Smith/Showtime
The day after an eventful episode and almost exactly a month after the show won the lead actor (Damian Lewis), lead actress (Claire Danes), writing and overall dramatic series awards at the Emmys, "Homeland" has been given a third season pickup by Showtime.

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The cable network announced Monday that the drama, which was developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and adapted from an Israeli drama created by Gideon Raff, will be getting another 12-episode season that will begin shooting in the spring (the series is currently finishing production on season two in North Carolina).

Last night's episode, "New Car Smell," was, according to Showtime, the series' highest-rated episode, with 1.75 million viewers watching at 10 pm. Per Showtime's president of entertainment David Nevins, "The Emmy wins for HOMELAND have certainly set the stage for a great second season. The writers, cast and crew of HOMELAND continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week. We can't wait for our viewers to experience what unfolds through the rest of season two. Our partners at Fox 21 have been tremendous, and we are thrilled to begin the planning for HOMELAND's third season."

While this renewal is welcome news, one has to wonder, given how much has happened in the show so far, what could possibly be left for a third round? By then, will Brody (Lewis) be president and still take the occasional call from Abu Nazir?

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