The acclaimed suspense series"Homeland" premiered season three on on Sun., Sept. 29, 2013 on Showtime. The premium cable channel is giving viewers an opportunity to sample the first episode of the series across multiple platforms now, so non-subscribers can see what all the excitement is about, according to a Sept. 30 email media announcement from Showtime.
The season three premiere episode can be seen on the Showtime website, on YouTube, via select television providers' free On Demand channels and websites, on Showtime on Demand and Showtime Anytime. The season three premiere is also available on Showtimeapps on iPhone, iPod Touch, Android smartphones and tablets, Nook and Kindle Fire tablets, and for download as a free video podcast on iTunes.
"Homeland" is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning drama that stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Claire Danes, Emmy winner Damian Lewis, and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin. New episodes of the series air on Sun. nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
The suspenseful drama tells the story of Carrie Mathison (Danes), a brilliant but flawed CIA officer who has a complicated relationship with former POW Nichlas Brody (Lewis). Carrie was the first to suspect that Brody had been turned by Al Qaeda and that his rescue was a setup.
Brody was seen as a war hero but he was part of an Al Qaeda terrorist plot to be carried out on American soil. While in the process of following her target, Carrie fell in love with Brody, who was elected an U.S. Congressman and was ready to leave his family to be with the one person who saw through him. Just as it looked like they might have a happy ending, their plans were interrupted by a massive explosion and it looked like Brody had been set up to take the blame for the attack.
Season three opens during the aftermath of the horrific terror attack that killed 219 people, many of which were government officials who were attending the funeral service for the Vice President. The attack decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, former Congressman Nicholas Brody. Carrie helped her lover to escape and returned to the CIA prove his innocence.
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Unfortunately for Carrie, her plan to prove Brody's innocence is derailed when her temporary disappearance is noted as suspicious and Congress sets about investigating Carrie and the entire CIA. The U.S. Congress gives every appearance of being on a witch-hunt as they question whether the CIA is capable of protecting the citizens when they cannot even protect the agency.
Saul Beresen (Patinkin) has been put in charge of the CIA and is feeling the pressure. His wife Mira (Sarita Choudboury) has returned from Israel, but the marriage is strained. Saul's right hand man (F. Murray Abraham) encourages him to throw Carrie under the bus to save the CIA.
Brody, now the world's most wanted terrorist, is not seen in the first or second episode but is on the top of everybody's mind.
The CIA conducts a strikeback against the terrorists, which is the one action sequence of the first episode. CIA agent Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) is a key member of the strike-back action. It looks like Quinn, who first seemed to be a adversarial character, will have a meatier role in the third season of the drama.
Brody's family is left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the suspicions against the former war hero. His wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) tries to hold the family together after the military cuts off support and the media hounds the family. Pouty teen Dana (Morgan Saylor) is institutionalized after attempting suicide, which strains the already tight family budget. Meanwhile, Dana finds another boyfriend and the viewer wonders what males see in the self-centered teen.
All of the key players are left picking up the pieces in the wake of the deadly attack on U.S. soil. The third season of "Homeland" is about the personal and professional consequences of actions.
"Homeland" is developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by Gideon Raff.
The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody, Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn, Sarita Choudhoury as Mira Berensen, Tracy Letts, Jackson Pace as Chris Brody, Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody and F. Murray Abraham.
Tied as Showtime's s No. 1 rated series, "Homeland" had a record-breaking sophomore season with unprecedented growth, watched by 6.2 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 43 percent versus its freshman season. Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for season three are Gideon Raff, Chip Johannessen, Alexander Cary, Henry Bromell, AviNir and Ran Telem. The series is produced by FOX 21.