This weekend is going to be a very big one for fans of “Homeland.” On Sept. 26, TV By the Numbers reported that Showtime would air a “Homeland” marathon in advance of Sunday’s big season three premiere.
Last weekend, “Homeland” took home Emmy Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series (Claire Danes) and Best Writing. Danes also won the Emmy in 2012 and Golden Globe Awards in 2011 and 2012 for her portrayal of Carrie Mathinson in “Homeland.” Now, fans will get to see a lot of the 34-year-old actress that dropped out of Yale to focus on a film career.
This weekend, Showtime will air a marathon of the second season of “Homeland.” All twelve episodes will be shown back-to-back beginning at 12 noon EST and PST on Saturday, Sept. 28. “Homeland” also stars Emmy winner Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, Rupert Friend, Sarita Choudhoury, Tracy Letts, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor and F. Murry Abraham.
Developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, “Homeland” is based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by Gideon Raff. The series has been honored with a number of major awards for its first two seasons including Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award.
“Homeland” was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards – with nominations in virtually every major category, and the most nominations ever for a Showtime series. Tied as the network's No. 1 rated series, “Homeland” had a record-breaking sophomore season with unprecedented growth. It was watched by 6.2 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 43 percent versus its freshman season.
“Homeland” premieres at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST) on Sunday, Sept. 29. With Brody on the lam and the CIA in turmoil, fans are anxious to see where the new season is headed. Season three picks up two months after the bombing. Last season, TV critics panned the series for having too many “24” type, over-the-top moments and plot twists. Executive producer Alex Gansa told “TV Guide” that season three goes at a slower pace. “We covered a lot of ground in the first year and even more in the second season,” he stated. “Every show that aspires to be good has to reinvent itself each year. The writers re-calibrated, and we’re back to a darker, more hard-boiled show.”
Fans are excited about Sunday night’s “Homeland” premiere and are talking about it on Twitter. Below are a few posts from Friday, Sept. 27.
- “Sunday can’t come soon enough! Breaking Bad finale and Homeland premieres.”
- “Go rent season 1 of Homeland this weekend. You will love it. I promise. Thank me on Monday.”
- “Soooo excited for Homeland to start again.”
- “Homeland starting on my birthday is seriously the best present ever.”
- “I’m pretty excited Homeland is back. Can’t say I’ve been this into a TV show in a long time.”
For a sneak peek at the third season of "Homeland," be sure to check out Showtime’s official trailer (above and to the left).
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