'Homeland' Renewed by Showtime for Third Season

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October 22nd, 2012

via press release:

Network Greenlights Third Season of Its Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-Winning Series –
Season Two Premiere Delivered 5.2 Million Viewers During Its First Week of Availability
HOMELAND Delivers Its Highest-Rated Episode Ever Last Night
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LOS ANGELES, CA – (October 22, 2012) – On the heels of HOMELAND’s biggest numbers yet, with newly-released, record-breaking across platform ratings for its second season, SHOWTIME has ordered a third season, consisting of 12 new, one-hour episodes. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.  HOMELAND returned for its second season on Sept. 30th, up 60 percent from its season one premiere, delivering 2.07 million viewers for the night.  The season two premiere week of HOMELAND attracted 5.2 million viewers across platforms (including Live+7, DVR and On Demand), up 25 percent vs. season one (4.1 million), a series high and the best performance ever for a sophomore series on SHOWTIME. Last night, HOMELAND delivered its highest-rated episode ever with 1.75 million viewers at 10 p.m., a series high that outperformed its season two premiere (vs. 1.73 million). Four weeks into the season, On Demand has increased views of the HOMELAND season two premiere to a total of 5.7 million viewers. Season three will begin production spring 2013. The series is produced by FOX 21.
“The Emmy wins for HOMELAND have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” said Nevins. “The writers, cast and crew of HOMELAND continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week.  We can't wait for our viewers to experience what unfolds through the rest of season two.  Our partners at Fox 21 have been tremendous, and we are thrilled to begin the planning for HOMELAND's third season."
Most recently, HOMELAND tied for the most wins of any program this year at the Emmy Awards, honored with six wins including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series.  Additionally, HOMELAND has been awarded Golden Globe Awards, Peabody, Television Critics Association, AFI and Critics' Choice Awards in its freshman season.  In the week leading up to its season two premiere, HOMELAND season one received 1.7 million views On Demand, the most pre-premiere viewing of a previous season On Demand in SHOWTIME series history. HOMELAND is currently filming the conclusion of season two in North Carolina.
HOMELAND is a one-hour drama series that tells the story of Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed dead for eight years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.  The series also stars Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor, Jamey Sheridan, David Marciano and Navid Negahban. The series executive producers are Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Michael Cuesta, Alex Cary, Chip Johannessen, Henry Bromell, Meredith Stiehm, Avi Nir and Ran Telem.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.
  • Ian

    Yes so happy! Such a great show in every aspect!!

  • Robert

    This show gets better each week!!

  • landon


  • Brandon

    Damien had his contract renewed for like, five years. I assumed that meant the show was too, but okay.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Brandon – That just means that should the show be on the air for five seasons, he is contractually obligated to appear on it. It doesn’t mean the show got a five-season order.

  • Rod

    Yay!! Best show on TV right now.

  • Mary

    That’s great news! Yesterday’s episode was excellent.

  • DW

    i signed up for showtime on the first started watching it last week on demand caught up yesterday. a great show just gets better. mad men is done with the best show title. this is it. don draper has nothing on nick brody.

  • Chris Brody


  • TimLau

    Great news, great show.

  • Annonimous

    Carrie blew it ! I don’t know how they gonna patch up story, but so far producers track record assured me that they capable of almost everything.

  • SmG

    The best thing about Homeland is the constant story development. No filler episodes & always wondering what will happen next…

  • karinpsy

    not a fan of Lewis overacting but the show is great esp Danes,Mandy .Morena…good news for best show on TV

  • Richard Steven Hack

    This is good news. Don’t know how they’re going to recover the story logic from a premature exposure of Brody but my guess is the writers know what they’re doing. And I suspect turning Brody into a double agent (or is that a triple agent since he already was a double agent) will result in him melting down even more for some serious drama. Anyone want to guess who becomes his handler? :-) Like that will help Carrie stay sane… :-)

    This is one of the best shows on television. It is always at the top of its game and so intense. The plot is always moving forward with no filler episodes.
    I am very happy to see this news.

  • Hugh

    Woo hoo. Ep 1 started a little slow, but I’m now loving this season.

  • Andy H.

    YES! Love this show! Damian Lewis is absolutely freaking brilliant on it!

  • Daryl

    No filler episodes? Episode 3 was a classic example of a filler episode since the main plot wasn’t advanced a bit following the cliffhanger of Episode 2. Saul spent most of the episode on a plane.

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