Showtime Renews ‘Homeland’ For Third Season

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Showtime has renewed its drama seriesHomelandfor a third season of 12 episodes. The show’s third season is slated to enter production in the Spring for a Fall 2013 premiere.

Homeland was created by by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa & Gideon Raff and picks up shortly after a delta force raid on an Al-Qaeda complex results in the rescue of Nicholas Brody, a US Marine who has been MIA in Iraq since 2003. Almost immediately, CIA Operations Officer Carrie Matthison begins to suspect something is wrong as only months beforehand a source in a Baghdad prison had revealed to her that an American prisoner of war had been turned. Now Carrie must investigate the Marine who is being paraded as a national hero and make sure he is not, in fact, an Al-Qaeda operative. The drama series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Damien Lewis as Nicholas Brody, Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, David Harewood as David Estes, Diego Klattenhoff as Mike Faber, Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody, Jackson Pace as Chris Brody and Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody.

The renewal of Homeland – a commercial and critical success story for Showtime – had been considered a foregone conclusion. The show’s second season premiered to 2.07 million viewers, up some 60% from the season one premiere in 2011. The numbers for the season 2 premiere were subsequently lifted through DVR and On-Demand playback to 5.2 million viewers, up 25% compared to season one. That marks a series high and the best performance ever for a sophomore series on Showtime. In addition, last night’s episode posted series high rating in the 10pm time-slot with 1.75 million viewers.

“The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” said David Nevins, President of Entertainment for Showtime. “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.”

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