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Showtime’s dramatic thriller Homeland was a mixed bag in its third season, mining extremely tense scenes from a storyline that treaded through unncessary waters. Thankfully, Fox 21 and Showtime are taking the series to an all-new location for Season 4, and production is set to commence this summer in Cape Town, South Africa, which will serve as the Middle East, despite all of its bottom southness.
A lot of people died on television in 2013. Maybe the number of small-screen fatalities are always this high but it sure seems like the past year went above and beyond in the death department. Big series offing two, three even four major characters was commonplace. No one is safe, especially on cable. Here are ten shows that featured some of the year's most memorable and/or shocking losses.
It happened. We don't even need to say what, do we? There's no need with explicits if you've been watching Homeland this season — you know what we're talking about. And now, because of it, there's plenty to look forward to, because literally anything can happen moving into season four. The third season finale of the Showtime series — the aptly-titled 'The Star' — was a sharply tailored affair, keeping things laser-focused on the three main players: Carrie, Brody, and Saul. And everybody had a case of the ends on this go-around.
There are way too many good TV shows available to us today. We live in a world of modern riches; an over-abundance of goodness so vibrant it’s terribly easy to miss the good stuff. There’s just so much TV to watch, you see! Especially when you take into consideration television's biggest innovator: the premium network. For-pay stars like HBO, Showtime, and even Cinemax have pushed the medium where it’s never gone before, and paved the way for the likes of AMC and others today.
With the stakes reflected literally and figuratively in the mirror (and just like that: baby’s got bump), Carrie and Brody’s motivations were murky going into Homeland's penultimate episode. What’s Carrie’s hang-up about her impending Brody-baby? Would our ginger-terrorist-that-could kill General Akbari? Were both willing to go the distance for one another? Would anybody actually just do what he or she was told for once? And what, good lord, would be Saul’s motivation this week?
Sunday night’s episode of ‘Homeland,’ the ominously-titled “Good Night” was another instance of the Showtime program leaving us with more questions than answers. And, frankly, we’re starting to think that they might just be playing us. After the credits rolled we couldn’t help but wonder: is Brody going to survive? Is this all a smokescreen of an entirely different color? We’ve decided to suss out our suspicions the only way we know how: by over-thinking word choice to death.
Brody may be back in the pocket of the CIA on Homeland, trying to right the wrongs he’s done over the past three seasons, but he’s still just a pawn. A junkie shell of his former self. If you ask me, Brody’s trajectory feels more in line with a modern-day pop star than a terrorist. In the immortal words of a one miss Britney Jean Spears (oh yes, we’re going there): Hit me baby, one more time. Or, if you're episode nine of the Showtime series, "One Last Time."
Sunday night's episode of Homeland may be easy to poo-poo after the explosive doings of "Still Positive." But it is in the nuanced language of episode seven, "Gerontion" (named after the T.S. Eliot poem, perhaps?) that Homeland shines as bright as it has before. Honestly, this might be my favorite episode of the season to date, because the drama is ALL in the words both said and unsaid. And it is Saul, and history, that take center stage in the increasingly murky waters of CIA drama.
I’m fairly convinced — thanks to Sunday night's episode of 'Homeland,' titled "Still Positive," — that Chris Brody is the real story on Showtime's CIA-frenzy drama. While some may argue that we're watching a story about a brilliant CIA agent and the American terrorist she loved, I'm more inclined to believe that we’re actually watching the origin story of a future terrorist/serial murderperson, Chris Brody, and how he came to be as such.
Sesame Street has a little something for everyone, including the Homeland fan. While the Showtime terrorism-focused drama might not seem like a good fit for a children’s program, Sesame Street knows how to tone down a plot and play up whatever humor might be mined from even the most serious of subjects for the sake of their young audience
It looks like Showtime is pleased with the dramas they have lined up for Sunday night this fall, as the premium cable channel has officially renewed both Homeland and freshman drama Masters of Sex. That's a greenlight for a fourth season for Homeland and a second season for Masters of Sex.
Welcome to Homerland, where everyone is in on the plot, from Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton to Itchy, Scratchy, Sideshow Bob… even Maggie. Especially Maggie. In case you couldn't guess, Homeland's return isn't going unrecognized by The Simpsons, which also happens to return for its new season this Sunday night, an hour ahead of the Showtime drama's premiere. The Simpsons pays tribute to the thrilling cable drama by parodying its opening credits and throwing a few Springfield twists in for good measure.
Predicting the Emmy Awards isn't always an easy task, but it's certainly fun to speculate over the nominees, which is what we did for the Outstanding Drama Series category. Arguments can really be made for or against all of the nominees in the category. There are six nominated dramas, and as it happens, some of us here at Cinema Blend were able to come up with solid arguments as to why some of these dramas deserve to win this year. And then there are the dramas that might not be so deserving, either for the win or even the nomination.
The latest in Homeland’s series of videos following the actors and actresses describing their roles within the drama has hit the Internet today, and follows actor Damian Lewis discussing the evolution of Brody. Lewis explains Brody’s past as a marine who was a prisoner of war for eight years and who was indoctrinated in his captors' belief in Islam.
On Tuesday, Showtime released a slew of new videos related to the third season of the popular drama, Homeland. The new promos came just a day after an early version of the premiere episode of Season 3 has leaked online. Showtime is staying mum about the leaked episode, but the subscription cable network is still busy putting out promos to try to amp up excitement about the show's actual Season 3 premiere.