Showtime is moving forward with Homeland and The Affair.
The premium cable network has picked up new seasons of both shows for 2015, TVWise has learned. Homeland will return for a fifth season, while freshman drama The Affair, starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson, will return for a second.
Both shows have been decent performers for Showtime this season. Homeland, while down on last year, has been averaging six million viewers across various platforms, steadily building momentum and growing in each of its last three weeks. While The Affair, which has struggled in the overnights, has been drawing 3.9 million viewers across various platforms.
For Homeland, the slight drop in audience comes after the series underwent a revamp with its fourth season, which was necessitated by the exit of original series star Damien Lewis at the end of season three. That revamp saw the show focus more on Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) work as a CIA Station Chief, initially in Afghanistan and then in Pakistan.
“In its fourth season, Homeland has brilliantly reinvented itself. It continues to capture the attention of a devoted fan base, and has provided an enviable platform for the successful launch of The Affair,” said David Nevins, President of Showtime Networks. “With thought-provoking, relevant and addictive storylines, both series have been embraced, dissected and much debated week after week. We’re excited to see more from these complex shows in 2015.”