Showtime's suspenseful thriller "Homeland" premieres its third season on Sun., Sept. 29, 2013. In preparation for the highly anticipated season three premiere, Showtime is airing a marathon on season two of the Emmy and Golden Glove winning drama on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 28 and 29, according to a Sept. 27 announcement emailed by Showtime.
The "Homeland" catch-up marathon starts at noon on Sat. and airs all 12 episodes back to back, so this is a great weekend to catch-up on the drama starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes, Emmy winner Damian Lewis, and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin. The season three premiere airs on Sun., Sept. 29 (9 p.m. ET/PT) on Showtime.
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The third season starts two months after the deadly bombing attack on the CIA. Congressman Nick Brody (Lewis) is on the run and is not seen for at least the first two episodes, according to advance screeners from Showtime. Blamed for the bombing, Brody leaves in his wake his devastated family, who are dealing with the aftermath of the attacks. The military cuts off benefits and the media hounds his estranged wife Jessica (Emmy nominated Morena Baccarin) and children Dana (Morgan Saylor) and Chris (Jackson Pace).
The CIA itself is under investigation by Congress, which questions whether an entity that could not protect itself could possibly protect citizens of the U.S.. Bi-polar CIA agent Carrie Matheson (Danes), who has once again gone off her meds, is questioned by hostile members of Congress. Saul Berensen (Patinkin) also testifies and his loyalties are tested.
There is a splendid action scene toward the beginning of the premiere that shows Saul taking the controls of the CIA's fight against terrorism. It looks like Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) will have an expanded role as he is central to the beginning action. Quinn starts to become an ally to Carrie as he questions the methods of the CIA.
"Homeland's" third season starts to focus on the consequences of the actions of the CIA and the toll that the intelligence work takes on the agents and their families.
The first two seasons of the acclaimed series has won major awards including Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award. The series was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards – with nominations in virtually every major category, and the most nominations ever for a Showtime series. Actress Claire Danes has won two Emmys for her role. Leading ladies top Emmy wins for Showtime
"Homeland" stars Claire Danes as Carrie Matheson, Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody, Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn, Sarita Choudhoury as Mira Berenson, F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal, Tracy Letts as Sen. Andrew Lockhart, Jackson Pace as Chris Brody and Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody.
"Homeland," developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, is based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by Gideon Raff,
Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for season three are Gideon Raff, Chip Johannessen, Alexander Cary, Henry Bromell, Avi Nir and Ran Telem. The series is produced by FOX 21.