Homeland renewed for third season

GENEVIEVE ROSEN
Last updated 14:22 23/10/2012

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Showtime has ordered a third season of twisted plotlines, borderline psychosis and complex character developments from award-winning CIA drama, Homeland.

Announced yesterday by the show's umbrella studio, the news emerged four episodes into Homeland's record-breaking sophomore season - this season's premier saw a 60 per cent viewing increase from season one's inaugural episode.

The ratings juggernaut has reached meteoric heights in its short life, tying for most wins of any program ever at this year's Emmys. The Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa helmed show took home six awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress (Claire Danes) and Actor (Damian Lewis) in a Drama Series.

"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."

The show is a high-adrenaline nail-biting hour-long thriller that chronicles the cat-and-mouse interactions between Carrie Mathison (Danes) and Nicholas Brody (Lewis). The former is a manic depressive CIA officer convinced the latter, a returned POW, is a terrorist mole plotting with Al Qaeda to carry out a preserve act of terrorism on American soil. Also starring Mandy Patinkin (holla!) the emotionally-involving psychologically-taxing plotlines and performances make for a show that is both evocative and provocative.

Otherwise on the Homeland front, the Lebanese tourism department is unimpressed with the show's depiction of the country, so much so they are considering suing, and Claire Danes, our generation's best crier, now has this brilliant supercut dedicated to her unrelenting commitment to verisimilitude:

-The Vine

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