EXCLUSIVE: With Brody headed out of the country in the second-season finale of Showtime’s Homeland, Carrie won’t have to rely as heavily on her off-the-books snoop extraordinaire Virgil. David Marciano has played the role since the pilot, recurring in Season 1 and promoted to regular in Season 2. Now I’ve learned the actor won’t return to the Emmy-winning series as a regular next season. though he may still appear on the show as a recurring guest star.
Marciano is the second Homeland cast member who won’t continue as regulars on Season 3, alongside Diego Klattenhoff. Three other regulars in Season – David Harewood, Jamie Sheridan and Navid Negahban — are leaving as their characters got killed off. The five shared in Homeland‘s best drama series ensemble SAG nomination this year. The rest of Homeland‘s regular cast, led by Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin, will likely return in their previous capacity. As for where Brody (Lewis) is headed, while he was last seen crossing the border into Canada, rumor is he may surface in Venezuela in the opening episodes of Season 3. READ MORE »
Gideon Raff, creator of the original Israeli drama Prisoners Of War and the writer and exec producer of its Emmy-winning U.S. version Homeland, says he doesn’t know how the series’ story will end. But Bert Salke, the president of Fox 21, which produces Homeland, says he thinks the writers have a “sense of where they want Carrie to be in six years.” It needs to be remembered that the story really started with Claire Danes’ CIA agent, Salke said. At a panel for a small group of journalists here at Mip-TV today, Salke also noted that Danes and co-stars Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin have input and “influence the characters.” Homeland was renewed for a third season in October.
Talking of the genesis of the original Prisoners Of War (Hatufim in Israel), Jerusalem-born Raff explained the subject was “taboo” in his home country because there are 1,500 current prisoners of war and when any POW returns, there is a severe reticence to “know what happens to them.” Prisoners Of War was the first time such a subject had been broached on local television and “in the beginning we kind of got flack for exploiting the subject for ratings, I guess, which was a ridiculous argument. But once people saw the show, the arguments subsided,” Raff said. Now, there is controversy over Prisoners Of War, which recently concluded its second season, as did Homeland, “but it’s about the show, not the subject.”
Salke said that when Fox originally optioned Prisoners Of War for 24 alums Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, “it was thought of as a network show.” Salke says he “immediately thought it was cable. You can do so many different things on cable.” Homeland was a “tough call” for Fox chairman Kevin Reilly. “People were scared”, and because of the terrorism and counter-terrorism aspects of the show it was hard to tell where the show was going, so they approached pay channels. Showtime’s David Nevins and Matt Blank “got it right away,” per Salke. Ran Tellem, who is VP Programming at the series’ Israeli broadcaster Keshet, concurred that “half the people” at the Prisoners Of War broadcaster initially “thought we couldn’t do it. We had a POW at the time.” Read More »
Veteran TV writer-producer Henry Bromell, an executive producer on Showtime’s acclaimed series Homeland, has died of a heart attack. He was 66. Bromell went to the hospital yesterday afternoon after not feeling well, and suffered the heart attack there. He had been a member of Homeland‘s all-star writing-producing staff since the beginning of the Fox21-produced CIA drama, first as a consulting producer, and shared in its best series Emmy win last year. In his work on the suspense drama, Bromell drew on some personal experience — his father worked for the CIA. He wrote one of the most memorable episode from Season 2, the interrogation hour Q&A which showcased series stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis and drew record viewership in October. “Henry was a profoundly decent and generous man. A great writer and a great friend”, Homeland executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon said today in a statement. “No matter how crazy things got, when he was in the room, you knew everything was going to be OK. Everybody here at Homeland is grieving, and we will miss him beyond words.” Added 20th Century Fox TV/Fox 21 in a statement: “We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years. He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on Homeland. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children.” Read More »
Keshet International and Hulu have entered a deal for the second season of Prisoners Of War, the original format upon which Emmy-winning series Homeland is based. The streaming service will run the Israeli show … Read More »
The Golden Globes displayed a split personality on the TV side, going for repeat winners in the drama and longform categories and fresh honorees in comedy. But overall, the night was dominated completely by HBO and Showtime which won all but two TV awards, led by Showtime’s drama Homeland with three, including best drama series; HBO’s Girls with two, including best comedy series; and HBO’s Game Change also with three, including best TV movie/miniseries.
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After being largely snubbed at the Emmys, HBO’s Girls had its awards coming-out party tonight, winning both categories it was nominated in: best comedy series and best comedy actress for creator/star Lena Dunham. There have been a lot of parallels drawn between Girls and HBO’s previous edgy comedy about a quartet of single women in New York, Sex And The City. With its double win tonight, Girls is following in the footsteps of Sex And The City, a Hollywood Foreign Press Association darling which won for best comedy series and best comedy actress (Sarah Jessica Parker) an unprecedented three consecutive years. Also getting a first Golden Globe after an Emmy nomination last year was Don Cheadle, star of Showtime’s comedy series House Of Lies. Both Girls and House Of Lies celebrated their wins just as their second seasons kicked off — with the season premieres airing against the Golden Globes. Read More »
With Dexter headed into Season 8 and Californication into Season 6, attention understandably is focused on Showtime’s plans for ending the two series. Both series have found a second wind, hitting some of their best ratings in their … Read More »
At TCA today, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins laid out the pay cable network’s scheduling plans for the rest of 2013. The biggest change is the decision to separate veteran Dexter and Homeland, which have been paired since Homeland‘s launch in fall 2011, helping both shows break ratings records. “Dexter has proved incredibly valuable as a launch pad for Homeland,” Nevins said. “Our plan is to harness (the success) and use the shows to launch the next generation of Showtime drama series.”
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Dexter will get on the air earlier than usual, on June 30 at 9 PM, serving as a lead-in for new crime drama Ray Donovan. The early return has not affected production on Dexter. “There is no less production time, just a little less vacation time between the seasons,” Nevins dais, adding that the drama’s producers and cast had gotten enough lead time to adjust to the scheduling change.
On Sept. 29, “we are employing our crown jewel Homeland to launch Masters Of Sex,” Showtime’s new drama about real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Nevins said.
Here are month-by-month highlights of Showtime’s original programming slate for the rest of 2013: Read More »
“Everyone was writing our obituary” a few years ago when Showtime cut back on theatrical films and filled more air time with original shows, CEO Matt Blank tells Bloomberg Television today. But with shows such as Dexter and Homeland setting ratings records at the network, and movies becoming … Read More »
Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was far more receptive to new series than the Screen Actors Guild, with a slew of freshmen, including HBO’s Girls, The Newsroom and Veep, NBC’s Smash, ABC’s Nashville, Showtime’s House Of Lies, USA’s Political Animals and Starz’s Magic City landing Golden Globe Award nominations this morning.
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And once again, pay cable dominated, with HBO (17 nominations) and Showtime (7) finishing as No. 1-No. 2 in the network rankings for a second consecutive year. The two networks also landed the most series noms, 7 each. Showtime’s Homeland was the most nominated series with four noms: for best series, best actor (Damian Lewis), actress (Claire Danes) and a welcome surprise, a first major awards nomination for co-star Mandy Patinkin in the supporting category. (HBO movie Game Change was the most nominated program overall with 5 noms.)
Both top series categories were fluid, with only two returning nominees in both. On the drama side, those were the best drama series winners from the past two years — Showtime’s Homeland and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire — joined by Breaking Bad, landing its long-overdue first best series nomination; PBS’ Downton Abbey, which made a successful transition from the movie/miniseries category, which it won in January, to series; and HBO’s The Newsroom. For Aaron Sorkin’s cable news drama, which also got a nom for star Jeff Daniels, this is the biggest awards recognition so far after landing a nom for Daniels at the SAG Awards. The biggest surprise in the category was the omission of AMC’s Mad Men, which failed to make the best drama category for the first time (it won in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and sat out the last Golden Globes because of a large gap between seasons.) Also out was last year’s nominee Game Of Thrones. Read More »
More than any other awards race, the SAG Awards have proven to be a popularity contest. Alec Baldwin and Betty White have won the best actor/actress in a comedy series SAG Award every year their current shows have been on the air — a whopping six consecutive times for 30 Rock‘s Baldwin and two for Hot In Cleveland‘s Betty White. Both are nominated again, with Baldwin having a chance to complete his streak with a seventh statuette for the seventh and final season of the NBC comedy. With Baldwin and White having a stronghold on the comedy categories, awards darling Modern Family is yet to win an individual award. (It won for best comedy ensemble the past two years). The ABC comedy has three more chances this year as it once again leads the list of series nominees with four noms: best ensemble and best actor/actress mentions for Emmy winners Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet as well as Sofia Vergara. Two-time Emmy winner Julie Bowen, nominated last year, did not make the cut this time.
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There was very little fresh blood in the series SAG nominations — no Lena Dunham or the Girls cast, no Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep, no mention of any new broadcast series. The only first-year shows to land nominations were HBO’s The Newsroom for star Jeff Daniels and USA’s short-lived Political Animals for Sigourney Weaver in the movie/miniseries category.
But the SAG Awards did correct some anomalies from last year. The guild had many scratching their heads last December where it completely ignored Showtime’s drama Homeland, which would go on to dominate the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. No snub this years as Homeland landed three noms — best ensemble and best actor/actress for Emmy winners Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Despite four Emmy nominations and two wins, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons had never received an individual SAG nomination until today. (His show nabbed its second consecutive ensemble nom.) Also, FX’s Louie finally got on the board with a first nomination for creator/star Louis C.K.
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Keshet International, the company behind the original Israeli version of Homeland, has put down stakes in the UK. The distribution arm of Keshet Media Group has hired former Sky and La Plante Productions exec Sara Johnson as … Read More »
On the heels of sweeping the Primetime Emmys and scoring series highs with its second-season premiere, Showtime‘s drama Homeland has been given a third-season pickup. The order is for 12 episodes.
Last night, Homeland delivered its most-watched episode yet with 1.75 million viewers at 10 PM, edging its previous series high posted by the Season 2 premiere (1.73 million). Homeland‘s second-season opener September 30 was up 60% from its Season 1 premiere, delivering 2.07 million viewers for the night. The Season 2 premiere week averaged 5.2 million viewers across platforms (including Live+7, DVR and on-demand), up 25% vs. Season 1, a series high and the best performance ever for a sophomore series on Showtime. Four weeks into the season, on-demand has increased views of the Season 2 premiere to a total of 5.7 million viewers. Season 3 will begin production spring 2013. “The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “The writers, cast and crew of Homeland continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week.”
Homeland‘s companion, Dexter, has already been renewed for next season, its eighth, as part of a two-year pickup. Read More »
News’ Publishing Co. Valued at $10.2B by Australian Broker
After News Corp. splits in two next year, the publishing company will be worth $A10.2B assuming it’s debt-free, according to Australian broker CBA. That’s a much higher valuation than earlier estimates due to the $2B acquisition of Australia’s Consolidated Media Holdings, which gives News full ownership of Fox Sports channels and boosts its stake in pay-TV platform Foxtel. The publishing company, which will house Foxtel, its 61% stake in Realestate.com and 44% of Sky New Zealand, will derive 75% of its pre-tax earnings from Australia, the broker said. It predicts Foxtel and Fox Sports will account for 46% of that unit’s pre-tax earnings in fiscal 2014, with newspapers and HarperCollins contributing 37%. CBA expects News to focus on lifting U.S. investors’ awareness of the non-publishing assets’ strong cash flow, probably involving a global roadshow next year. It values the entertainment company at $54.6B with an earnings margin of around 21%, close to Disney’s but much lower than Discovery’s. It assumes News’ net debt of $5.4B will be shouldered by the entertainment arm. -Don Groves
Lebanon Takes Issue With Its Image In ‘Homeland’
Lebanon is considering legal action against the award-winning American TV series Homeland for its portrayal of Beirut as a city riven with terrorists. In the second episode of the second season of the CIA thriller, shown on the UK’s Channel 4, millions of viewers watched the protagonists hunt terrorists through the narrow, dirty and dangerous streets of Beirut. But Lebanon’s minister of tourism Fady Abboud expressed outrage at the “serious misrepresentation” of the city, which once was considered the Paris of the Middle East. “I raised this at the cabinet meeting and the president asked the minister for justice and the minister of communications to see what can be done.” Abboud added “I am calling on all young Lebanese adults to do what they need to do; to write blogs, to call the BBC and CNN to try to raise awareness that Beirut is not a city of Kalashnikov and war.” In the show, Claire Danes’ character continuously dons the hijab, but women in the part of Beirut where the scene is set are more often seen in skin-tight jeans, bouffant hairdoes and Jimmy Choos. Abbout urges Lebanese “youths to splice images of the war-torn Hamra of Homeland with the real street.”
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