by David Dougan
When it first aired on US television in 2011, Homeland was an unknown quantity. Based on an Israeli series, Prisoners of War, it was the story of a CIA agent convinced that a former marine had been turned by Al Qaeda while imprisoned in Afghanistan. It quickly became a hit, receiving critical acclaim and giving Showtime record breaking ratings.
Channel 4 aired the first series in February, and secured the rights to show series 2 just a week after it aired in America. Last week they announced that they’d won the rights to show series 3 of Homeland next year, and now Showtime have officially announced that the show will be back in 2013.
Showtime President David Nevins said ‘Let’s do this’ to Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, the creators of the show, just days after getting the job, so he presumably wakes up every day, looks in the mirror and says ‘I. Am. Awesome.’, but in a press release he was slightly more humble, saying “The Emmy wins for ‘Homeland’ have certainly set the stage for a great second season. 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.”
The third series will feature 12 episodes and begins filming early next year.
Homeland airs on Channel 4, Sundays at 9pm