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TCA: ‘Homeland’ Producers Defend Season 3 From Critics’ Jabs, Tease New Details

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 2:54pm PDT

TCA: ‘Homeland’ Producers Defend Season 3 From Critics’ Jabs, Tease New DetailsOK, he admits it: Homeland showrunner/executive producer Alex Gansa said the lack of a drama series Emmy nomination in 2014 “hurt.” The critics hurt, too. “I don’t know how you can look at the last episodes of the season, especially the last two episodes [and not believe] they are the best we’ve ever done,” Gansa said at today’s TCA. “But we’re going to get back on the mountain again.”

Gansa was speaking at a luncheon panel along with executive producers Alexander Cary and Meredith Steihm. The three revealed a few plot developments for Season 4, which Showtime announced earlier in the day would premiere October 5.

Homeland Season 4Gansa started off with the joking promise to “only kill most of your favorite characters,” adding to laughter: “I can guarantee that Dana Brody will not be back for Season 4” (a reference to Brody’s moody teenage daughter whom many critics thought got way too much moping screen time in Season 3).

But the writer-producers dropped a few real story tidbits: Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison’s bipolar illness has stabilized and in her new Middle Eastern setting will be on the tail of a new character, “someone whom she’s recruiting and trying to get his trust.” Steihm added that this is just one of “5 or 6 new characters” who will be added. Steihm confirmed that the character Carrie pursues as a recruit is portrayed by Life Of Pi‘s non-CGI star Suraj Sharma. Read More »

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TCA: Premiere Date Set For Season 4 Of ‘Homeland’; Key Art, First Trailer Released (Video)

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TCA: Premiere Date Set For Season 4 Of ‘Homeland’; Key Art, First Trailer Released (Video)The upcoming fourth season of Showtime‘s flagship drama Homeland will debut October 5. The announcement was made at the top of Homeland‘s TCA presentation when the show also unveiled its first Season 4 trailer (watch it below). Set in the Middle East, the season was shot in South Africa after three years in North Carolina. It sees Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) assigned to a volatile and dangerous CIA station in the Middle East.

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Paul Reiser Joins Amazon Pilot ‘Red Oaks’, Raza Jaffrey To Recur On ‘Homeland’

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 6:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

reiserPaul Reiser has been cast in Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot Red Oaks, exec produced by Steven Soderbergh and exec produced/directed by David Gordon Green. Set in summer 1985, Red Oaks centers on 20-year-old David Myers, who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Reiser – who is repped by Gersh, New Wave and Jeff Finkelstein – plays Getty, the wealthy and incredibly snobbish president of the club’s board. He recently wrapped production in Blumhouse’s 6 Miranda Drive, has two Sundance movies, Whiplash, which also screened in Cannes, and Life After Beth, and is in talks for Beg the Devil. In TV, he will recur on new FX comedy series Married. 

rezajaffreySmash alum Raza Jaffrey has joined Showtime drama Homeland in a major recurring role for the upcoming fourth season, which is set in the Middle East. He will play Aasar Khan, a decorated Lieutenant Colonel working for Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service. He is repped by Gotham, Principal and United in London.

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Laila Robins & Corey Stoll Join ‘Homeland’

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

stollrobinsShowtime‘s flagship drama Homeland has added Laila Robins (Bored To Death) as a regular and Corey Stoll (House Of Cards) as recurring for the upcoming fourth season. Robins will play Martha Boyd, the U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, who is professional and put together, with a ship-to-ship voice and personality to match. Stoll will play Sandy Bachman, the CIA Chief of Station in Pakistan and a rising star in the agency’s firmament. The series’ fourth season begins production later this month in Cape Town, South Africa for a premiere this fall. Read More »

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‘Homeland’ Season 4 To Film In South Africa, Will Be Set In Middle East

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 9:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

homelandAfter three seasons in Charlotte, NC, Showtime drama Homeland is leaving the US to film its fourth season in Cape Town, South Africa. The end of Season 3 found Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) taking a job as a station chief in Istanbul. Showtime wouldn’t specify where exactly Mathison would work as the new season is still being mapped out, only saying that she is being “assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror.” At TCA in January, Showtime president David Nevins already shed light on the setup for Season 4 with Mathison in the field overseas. “Homeland is a show that is deeply about a field operative (Carrie), and we haven’t seen her much in the field,” he said. “In Season 4 you will likely see her on the ground in a foreign capital doing her job,” adding that co-star Mandy Patinkin will continue to be “central and important” to the show. Read More »

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‘Homeland’ Ups Nazanin Boniadi To Regular

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

bonadiAfter guesting on Showtime‘s Homeland this season, Nazanin Boniadi has been upped to regular for Season 4 of the Emmy-winning terrorism drama. Boniadi plays Fara Sherazi, the strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst who Saul (Mandy Patinkin) recruited for her expertise in international banking. Like Carrie (Claire Danes), Fara shares a passion for justice and ends up enlisting her relatives in Tehran to help Carrie’s secret mission in the final episodes of Season 3. Season 4 finds Fara in a key role working for Carrie at the CIA. Boniadi, repped by AKA and Jordan Lee Talent, is currently completing an eight-episode arc on ABC’s Scandal. Her TV credits also include How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and 24. On the film side, she appeared in The Next Three Days and Iron Man.

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TCA Showtime: Concept For Next Season Of ‘Homeland’ Revealed; ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘Californication’ Final Season Premieres Set

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 10:09am PST
Nellie Andreeva

homelandlogoUPDATED: Executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa are already deep in discussions on Season 4 of Homeland, and today Showtime entertainment president David Nevins gave a glimpse at what is in store for the show, which is going for a major reset following the game-changing third season finale. “Homeland is a show that is deeply about a field operative (Carrie), and we haven’t seen her much in the field,” he said. “In Season 3 you will likely see her on the ground in a foreign capital (Istanbul?) doing her job.” As for Mandy Patinkin,”I expect that he will be central, he will be important,” Nevins said. He also defended Season 3, calling it “pretty brilliant in its architecture” and “very clever and very audacious in its take on U.S./Iran relations. ”Showtime also unveiled its spring schedule that includes the May 11 debut of John Logan’s horror drama series Penny Dreadful. Climate change documentary series Years Of Living Dangerously will launch on Earth Day, April 13, following the openers of Season 6 of Nurse Jackie and the seventh and final season of Californication.

Nevins also addressed the decision not to go forward with drama pilot The Vatican. “The world changed on us,” he said. “That show was conceived and written when Pope Benedict was still in the Vatican and now would have been seen as very dated.” Nevins used the example to support … Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ Hits Series High With Season Finale

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 11:23am PST

Episode 312With a shocking demise and a doorstep confession, the Season 3 and Season 1 finales of Homeland and Masters Of Sex , respectively, pulled in 2.4 million and 1.2 million viewers last night for Showtime. Up 12% from the Season 3 finale, last night was Homeland’s best result ever for an individual episode. The series, both of which were renewed in late October, had hit season highs with 2.1 million and 1.23 million viewers respectively with their December 8th shows last week. The series’ highest rated episode up until last night, Homeland’s Season 2 finale on December 16, 2012 at 10 PM had 2.3 million viewers with a total of 2.7 million watching over two plays. showtime_logo__121211185844__130120002910__130730210613__131210182749Overall, Homeland drew 2.9 million viewers over two plays on Sunday for the show’s best overall night ever as it ended what has been its highest rated season yet. With an average of 7 million viewers across all platforms and on DVR, this season of Homeland is the first Showtime series to hit that number. Last night’s finale was up 27% over the series’ Season 3 opener on September 29, which drew 1.9 million viewers and was up 9% from the Season 2 debut. Freshman Masters Of Sex premiered that same September night with 1 million viewers watching at 10 PM. Read More »

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Page Out Of ‘24’ Book? ‘Homeland’s Morgan Saylor, Morena Baccarin No Longer Regulars

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 11:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

danabrodykimbauerA decade ago, Fox’s 24 had a Kim Bauer problem. Jack Bauer’s daughter was a high school girl who couldn’t keep herself out of trouble, with her predicaments sometimes bordering on ridiculous. Fans started a petition to ship her off to college and away from the show. And after three seasons, the producers did, with the actress who played her, Elisha Cuthbert, leaving as a regular (but coming back for occasional guest appearances). For the past couple of years, Showtime‘s Homeland, the new series from 24 executive producer Howard Gordon, has had the same problem with Dana Brody, the high school daughter of its male protagonist, and her penchant for drama and getting herself in trouble, mocked memorably by Saturday Night Live.

Related: Globes TV Noms Remarkably Snub-Free — Sorry, ‘Homeland’

baccarinFans of the show too had rallied to get her off. And after three seasons, the exact point Kim Bauer left 24,  Dana Brody too has been phased out. Like Cuthbert, Morgan Saylor too will no longer be a regular on the show but likely making guest appearances. Also stepping down as a regular is Morena Baccarin, who played Nicholas Brody’s wife and Dana’s mother Jessica. Read More »

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Golden Globes TV: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘House Of Cards’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’ Lead Pack Of Newcomers As Old Favorites Fall

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 8:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Hollywood Foreign Press are a fickle crowd — one day you may be in and winning by a landslide, the next day you are out. Showtime’s Homeland learned Brooklyn-nine-ninethat this morning. The Golden Globes was the first major awards show to recognize the Showtime drama two years ago when it was tied for most nominations, 3, winning for best drama series and best actress, Claire Danes. The thriller drama did one better last year, leading the TV pack with most noms, 4, and sweeping the top drama categories: best drama, best actress and best actor, Damian Lewis. But there is no trace of Homeland on the list of nominations this year as the dominant winner of the past two Golden Globes has been shut out. Golden Globes 2014 Nominees TVThe same goes for another big drama performer at the Golden Globes, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which won the best drama series trophy before Homeland in 2011. The HBO drama had scored at least two nominations every year, also winning for star Steve Buscemi in 2011, but was left out completely today.

Related: Golden Globes TV Nominees Remarkably Snub-Free – Sorry, ‘Homeland’

The Golden Globes again took upon its role of the biggest cheerleader of new broadcast series. No, they didn’t hand a best drama series nomination to a freshman — extending first-year broadcast dramas’ drought in the category to seven years. But they still recognized broadcast’s freshman class, which had been completely ignored by the WGA and the SAG Awards. That includes best comedy series and comedy actor nominations for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and star Andy Samberg; best comedy actor nom for Michael J. Fox, star of his struggling eponymous sitcom on NBC;  and best drama actor for James Spader for hit new NBC drama The Blacklist. But the broadcast networks again fell short of unseating cable from the top of the network rankings. Premium cable and digital were dominant this year. Fueled by longform, HBO was once again No. 1 with 9 noms, followed by the two other pay cable networks, Showtime and Starz, and digital upstart Netflix with six each. But it was a broadcast net, CBS, that landed the only multiple best series nominations — for comedy The Big Bang Theory and drama The Good Wife.

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house_of_cardsAlmost all buzzy cable/digital 2013 newcomers (sans FX’s The Americans)  got a notice by the HFPA, with Netflix’s House Of Cards leading the way with four nominations including best drama series; Showtime’s Masters Of Sex landing nominations for best drama and best actor, Michael Sheen (but no Lizzy Caplan?!); and fellow Showtime newcomer Ray Donovan nominated for star Liev Schreiber and co-star Jon Voight. Two breakout performances by young actresses are getting first major award recognition, Tatiana Maslany of BBC America’s Orphan Black and Taylor Schilling of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. They are part of an overhauled best drama actress field which includes only one returning nominee, 2010 winner Julianna Margulies.  The other first-timers are Kerry Washington for ABC’s Scandal and House Of Cards‘ Robin Wright. Things are mirrored on the male side with only one holdover, Bryan Cranston of AMC’s Breaking Bad, joined by Schreiber, Sheen, Spader and House Of Cards‘ Kevin Spacey. The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels, who landed a Golden Globe nomination last year and followed up with a surprise Emmy win, has been left out, along with Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, who scored the AMC drama’s only nomination last year. The series’ tally went to zero this year. Also left out completely for a second straight year: HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Read More »

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Golden Globes TV Nominees Remarkably Snub-Free – Sorry, ‘Homeland’

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 7:33am PST

This morning’s Golden Globes nominations homeland3came just in the nick of time for television industry pundits, who had started to foam over yesterday when the SAG Awards unveiled its round-up-the-usual-suspects TV nominees for a year that had seen so much great new programming emerge. Yes, Homeland got smacked down in a big way by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning, which may cause its producers to consider more seriously all that jumped-the-shark talk.  But mostly the chatter this morning was about how remarkable snub-free was this morning’s announcement. The HFPA, which dispenses the golden globeGlobe Awards, is famously less change-phobic than is, say, the Screen Actors Guild, which Wednesday handed out a snub-pocalyptic list of TV noms in which Kevin Spacey was its only acting nominee from a new TV series, and HBO’s Veep the only TV series to score its first TV Ensemble nom (SAG’s version of “best series”).

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HFPA racked up major points with TV pundits this morning when it bestowed on Tatiana Maslaney her first-ever major nomination (sadly, the TV Critics Association’s trophy ceremony is not televised and so, like that tree in the forest, is not heard) for playing half a dozen clones in BBC America’s Orphan Black. Reflecting the Embarrassment of TV Riches Era in which we now live, the HFPA today showered noms on many TV newcomers including Taylor Schilling’s first Globe nom for Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black,  Liev Schreiber’s for Showtime’s Ray Donovan, Michael Sheen’s for Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, James Spader’s for NBC’s The Blacklist, Andy Samberg’s for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, etc. And, in a sort of Ebineezer Scrooge After The Ghosts Drop By frenzy, HFPA even handed the much not-nominated, six-season-old Parks & Recreation its very first Globe nom for best comedy series (while star Amy Poehler picked up her third for best comedy actress).

Related: Golden Globes Nominees: Scorecard

Still, a trophy show’s not a trophy show without its snubs. Our list:

- Homeland.  Showtime’s two-time best drama winner won’t even be in the running at this Golden Globe Awards; ditto Homeland’s Damian Lewis, who was last year’s drama actor winner, and the show’s two-time drama actress winner Claire Danes. (Don’t mistake this for any sign HFPA has tired of Washington-centric TV programming.  Netflix’s political intrigue House of Cards is taking up Homeland’s slack, with noms to the series and stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, as well as supporting actor Corey Stoll. Wright will compete against ABC’s Scandal star Kerry Washington who received her first Globe nom for role as a Washington fixer. And, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is again nominated for HBO’s Veep, though the series itself once again did not snare a nom.)

- Mad Men. Once the darling of the trophy show circuit, the AMC period drama is shaping up as trophy-show season’s most underloved drama. The series, and star Jon Hamm, were missing from the list this morning. Mad Men’s Globes streak had been winding down; last year Hamm was nominated but the show was not, nor were any other cast members — some navel lint gazers blamed Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom for taking Mad Men’s slot. Yesterday, the two-time SAG-winning drama was missing from the Drama Ensemble category for the first time since the show premiered, and Hamm’s five-year drama-actor streak screeched to a halt. Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Homeland’, ‘Masters Of Sex’ Hit Season Highs

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 10:24am PST

showtime_logo__121211185844__130120002910__130730210613It didn’t have to face The Walking Dead this week, but Homeland still had the competition of the NFL on NBC. Nonetheless, the Showtime series pulled in 2.1 million viewers on Sunday to hit a new Season 3 high. That result, up a tick from a previous cycle high on October 27 of 2 million, also made episode 11 of the current season’s Homeland the top show on premium cable. Overall, the penultimate Homeland of the current season had 2.7 million viewers over two plays on Sunday. Despite some critical knocks, Season 3 of Homeland has proven the most successful the show has had. It is currently up 17% on average over Season 2. The Claire Danes starrer wasn’t the only Showtime series to hit a new high this past weekend. Freshman Masters of Sex drew 1.23 million viewers for a season high of its own. The second to last episode of the renewed show’s first season rose 15% over last week. Overall for the night,  Masters of Sex had 1.5 million watching.

Related: AFI Awards 2013: ‘Masters Of Sex’ Among Top 10 TV Programs, ‘Homeland’ Out

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AFI Awards 2013: ‘Orange Is The New Black’, ‘Masters Of Sex’, ‘House Of Cards’ Among Top 10 TV Programs, ‘Homeland’ & ‘Modern Family’ Out

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The-logo-for-this-years-AFI-Awards_event_mainThere are no hard rules for AFI‘s list of Top 10 programs of the year as the film institute tends to mix critical darlings with crowd pleasers, series, miniseries and TV movies. (Cable ratings juggernauts The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Asylum made the AFI Awards list last year, along with the HBO movie Game Change). No longform entries on this year’s list, which features one major surprise — the omission of ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family, KERRY WASHINGTONwhich had been among AFI’s  Top 10 programs each of the past four years. Also MIA this season is Showtime’s drama Homeland, which made the cut the last two years. This is the most drama-heavy AFI list I can remember, with only one half-hour series, HBO’s Veep. (Netflix’s hourlong Orange Is The New Black was nominated as a comedy by the WGA but is competing as a drama for the Golden Globes and the Emmys.)

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The guilty pleasure on the roster is ABC’s hot sophomore drama Scandal, landing its first major best series awards recognition.  The rest of the series have been in top awards consideration and received WGA noms last week, with the exception Game Of Thrones, which was not in the running due to a submission error. Returning from last year are Game Of Thrones, Emmy winner Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Here is the full list: Read More »

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‘The Bridge’s Meredith Stiehm Returns To ‘Homeland’ As Executive Producer

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Meredith Stiehm, one of the key original members of Homeland‘s A-list writing team, is returning to the Emmy-winning terrorism drama full-time, resuming her previous duties as executive producer. A deal with Homeland producer Fox 21, which also includes a development component, covers Stiehm’s services as executive producer on Homeland for Season 4, which was recently ordered by Showtime, and Season 5. Stiehm left Homeland after the second season to focus on the FX drama series The Bridge, which she developed with Elwood Reid, with the two executive producing and running the first season. Stiehm will continue to be involved with The Bridge as an executive producer and is co-writing the Season 2 premiere with Reid, who is expected to take over day-to-day-responsibilities. Stiehm quietly returned to Homeland earlier this year to co-write the upcoming Season 3 finale with series co-creator Alex Gansa. (The two also co-penned the Season 2 closer.) Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ Hits Season High

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 1:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

While there are contradicting opinions on Homeland‘s creative direction this season, there is no dispute over the Showtime drama’s ratings direction. Airing against AMC‘s monster The Walking Dead, Game 4 of the World Series and Sunday Night Football, Episode 5 of Homeland delivered a season-high 2 million viewers at 9 PM on Sunday, up 13% over the prior week. For the night, Homeland‘s cumed viewership of 2.51 million was up 9% week-to-week and the second-biggest ever for the series behind the Season 2 finale night. In weekly viewers across all platforms, Homeland‘s third season is on track to become the most watched, averaging 6.7 viewers a week, up 25% from Season 2. Meanwhile, freshman period drama Masters Of Sex posted 1.01 million viewers at 10 PM on Sunday and 1.32 million viewers for the night for an average of 5.4 million weekly viewers.

Related: Showtime Renews ‘Homeland’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’

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Showtime Renews ‘Homeland’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 12:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime continues to stay with its series for the long haul, giving early renewals to dramas Homeland, which will return for a fourth season, and freshman Masters Of Sex, which has been picked up for a second season. Both series have received 12-episode orders to air next year four weeks in their current runs. Homeland continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television’s most exciting, provocative and widely discussed shows,” said Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins. “The critical and audience reaction to Masters Of Sex since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying.”

Four episodes in, Homeland‘s third season averages 6.5 million weekly viewers, up 26% from the same time frame in Season 2. The Fox 21-produced show, a best drama series Emmy winner for its first season, once again is evoking polarizing reactions with its Season 3 storyline. Masters Of Sex currently averages 5.4 million weekly viewers, 33% ahead of Homeland‘s first season. Read More »

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‘Homeland’s Damian Lewis To Star With Nicole Kidman In ‘Queen Of The Desert’

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 1:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Lewis, who has won Golden Globes and Emmys for his work as POW-turned-terrorist Nicolas Brody in Showtime’s Homeland, is near a deal to star opposite Nicole Kidman in director Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert. The UK-born Lewis won’t have to hide his homegrown accent for the feature: He will play Lt. Col. Charles Doughty-Wylie, an unhappily married English war hero who engages in a turbulent affair with Gertrude Bell (Kidman), with whom he exchanged love letters with from 1913-1915 until he was killed in active duty at Gallipoli. Production is scheduled to begin in December.

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Queen Of The Desert refers to Bell, the iconic explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century. Nick Raslan is producing through his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya Pictures banner is financing the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales.

Lewis is represented by WME, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin, and Karl Austen.

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‘Homeland’s Morgan Saylor Joins Disney Sports Drama ‘McFarland’

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 3:41pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Homeland‘s Morgan Saylor has landed the role of Julie, the teenage daughter of Kevin Costner‘s character, in Disney’s sports drama McFarland. Pic tells the true story of an ex-football coach who moves his family to rural McFarland, CA, and builds a cross-country running team out of the local school’s dirt-poor and predominantly Mexican-American student body. Niki Caro is helming the pic. Maria Bello also stars as Jim’s wife, Cheryl. Saylor next appears in the upcoming Jamie Marks Is Dead opposite Liv Tyler and Judy Greer and is now in her third season playing Dana Brody on Showtime’s Homeland. She’s repped by UTA and Management 360.

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‘Downton Abbey’ Bounces Back Up In UK Ratings With 9.4M Viewers

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 2:24am PDT

After facing its first drop of Season 4 last week, Downton Abbey was up again on Sunday night on the UK’s ITV1. The period drama’s fourth episode averaged 9.4M viewers, a 200K increase on last week’s installment. Episode 4 was 1M off the September 22nd premiere which was the show’s best debut across all seasons. Downton is now facing off against Homeland which started its third season on Channel 4 in the same 9 PM time slot last week. However, local reviews have not been strong and the series’ second episode averaged 1.94M viewers last night in what Broadcast says is the show’s lowest audience ever for Channel 4.

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