Showtime is sticking with two of their most critically acclaimed series.
The premium cable network has handed out renewals to counter-terrorism drama Homeland and critical darling The Affair, TVWise has learned. Homeland will return for a sixth season, while The Affair will be back for its third season.
Both Homeland and The Affair had been widely expected to earn renewals for next season, even if Showtime waited far longer than usual to officially pull the trigger on said renewals (the current seasons of both shows set to wrap their runs in the next two weeks). Per Showtime, they currently rank as the top two rated scripted series on premium television in the fourth quarter based on Live+SD, L+3 and L+7 ratings.
Based on the Israeli series Hatufim, Homeland was created by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa & Gideon Raff and follows Carrie Mathison, a CIA case officer who finds herself battling her own demons while she works on the front lines of the War on Terror. The drama series is produced by Fox 21 and stars Clare Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend. In the final two episodes of the season, Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson race to stop a terrorist attack on Berlin, after Carrie and Astrid (Nina Hoss) found Quinn barely alive after being tortured by the terrorists planning the attack.
The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together. This season, the provocative drama will be told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths. The drama series was created by Sarah Treem & Hagai Levi Dominic and stars Dominic West (The Wire), Ruth Wilson (Luther), Maura Tierney (ER) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). In the extended second season finale, which will run for 70 minutes, fans’ long-awaited questions will finally be answered, including who killed Scotty Lockhart.