David Nevins, did you ever know that you’re our hero??
It’s only been four episodes since Homeland hit Showtime, but we’ve been on the edge of our seat every week not only for the next new dramatic episode but also for an announcement about its fate. Showtime seasons are short, after all, and we needed to mentally prepare ourselves if the first season would be the only one. Each episode is already savored, but it would carry much more weight if they’d be the last. Thankfully, though, Showtime has announced this morning that they have greenlit a second season of the already acclaimed drama.
From Showtime’s official announcement:
On the heels of Homeland‘s biggest numbers yet, for this past Sunday’s airing, Showtime has ordered a season two, consisting of 12 new one-hour episodes. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Developed for American television by executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, Homeland stars Emmy Award winner Claire Danes, Golden Globe nominee Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin. Homeland debuted as the network’s highest-rated freshman drama series ever, generating 4.4 million viewers across platforms in its first week. The series has continued to increase overall viewership since its premiere, with its most recent episode delivering the series’ best ratings to-date this past Sunday. Season two will begin production in spring 2012.
“Homeland is just getting started,” said Nevins. “Clearly, the overall audience growth from week one to week four demonstrates that this show is hitting a nerve in the cultural zeitgeist. Alex and Howard have created a psychological thriller that holds special relevance in the post 9/11 world. I’m quite confident that its passionate audience will be riveted as the season unfolds and people discover where this story is going.”
Homeland is a one-hour drama series that tells the story of Carrie Mathison (Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Nicholas Brody (Lewis), a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed dead for eight years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. The series also stars Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Morgan Saylor and Jackson Pace. Homeland is based on the original Israeli series “Prisoners of War,” by Gideon Raff. Along with Gordon and Gansa, the executive producers for season one are Avi Nir, Ran Telem, Gideon Raff and Michael Cuesta. The series is produced by FOX 21.
You can read LA TV Insider Examiner’s review of the Homeland pilot here.
Homeland airs on Sunday nights ats 10pm, only on Showtime.
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