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Showtime greenlights ‘Homeland’!

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 7, 2011) – Following the successful debuts of four critically acclaimed, new original hit series – The Big C, Shameless, Episodes and The Borgias – Showtime Networks and President of Entertainment David Nevins, will be adding two more original series to the premium channel’s line-up. Homeland, a one hour drama starring Emmy(R) Award winner Claire Danes, Golden Globe(R) nominee Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony(R) Award winner Mandy Patinkin, and House of Lies, a half-hour comedy starring Academy Award(R)-nominated actor Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, have received 12 episode orders. Both series will start production during the summer of 2011.

“On the heels of successfully launching our four freshman series in the last 8 months, we’re excited to introduce the next wave of Showtime shows,” said Nevins. “HOMELAND and HOUSE OF LIES are audacious in both their concept and their casting. They build upon the network’s successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a SHOWTIME series can be.”

HOMELAND is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed deal for nine years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. Mandy Patinkin will portray Saul, a veteran CIA Division Chief who is Carrie’s (Danes) boss and mentor. HOMELAND is written by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Gideon Raff, and is based on Raff’s Israeli television series “Prisoners of War.” The series will be produced by FOX 21.


Variety – Showtime orders ‘Homeland,’ ‘House of Lies’

When Homeland producer Howard Gordon was asked about a premiere date a few weeks ago, he told TV Squad that “The idea would be in September. Nothing is written in stone. We have to finish this (pilot) first, and they have to like it, but I think it would come out next September.”

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‘one of our best actors’

  • Producer Howard Gordon discusses Homeland in an interview with

    Al Norton: Was the Homeland pilot the first thing you had written that was an adaptation of something else (Homeland is based on a popular Israeli series)?

    Howard Gordon: No, I actually did a pilot 10 years ago called Ultraviolet that was an adaptation of a British series.

    Al Norton: I have the DVD set of Ultraviolet.

    Howard Gordon: Isn’t it great? I was excited about it but unfortunately it didn’t get picked up.

    Al Norton: What challenges do you face as a writer when adapting someone else’s work?

    Howard Gordon: The challenges are knowing not to fix what isn’t broken – some people can’t resist tearing something apart that’s not theirs – and to know what works and what doesn’t and on the other hand to resist the temptation to just change the names. Changing the names from Moshe to Mike didn’t work in this case. You really need to know what works for your market and with this adaptation it really was very specific to an Israeli audience and would not have worked so it really needed to be reinvented.

    Al Norton: Not that the entire cast isn’t great (Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin) but how thrilled were you to get Damian Lewis as your lead?

    Howard Gordon: Unbelievably. I didn’t know how much until I saw him work. I mean, I knew he was one of our best actors but I didn’t know just how great he was until I saw him work.

    Al Norton: How’s the pilot coming?

    Howard Gordon: We’re cutting it right now. Without jinxing it I’m very, very excited about it.


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Producer Talks more ‘Homeland’

  • Homeland Producer Howard Gordon had some nice things to say about Damian in an interview with

    JH: Switching gears to “Homeland,” as I read the script it was so easy to see Claire Danes in the lead role of Carrie Anderson.

    HG: When we sat down to write it, “Temple Grandin” (the HBO TV-movie that won Danes an Emmy and many other awards) was on that week and we started calling the character Claire when we were breaking the story. We were really picturing her in this part so the fact that we actually got her turned out to be really fantastic and, aside from being a pleasure to work with, she really investigated the role. We’re cutting it right now and I think we’ll know from Showtime probably in early March at the latest whether we’re going forward.

    JH: How was it different for you to write a female lead after writing Jack Bauer all those years?

    HG: That’s a good point and I think it’s one of the big distinguishers and it’s one of the things that we’re sensitive about is not doing “24.” “24” is this adrenalized, compressed thing, pedal-to-the-metal suspense thriller and this is a willfully slower story with a very different character at the center of it. Jack had a family and that was something that always pulled at him and this is a woman who is very much alone in the world in the context of being a woman of a certain age who hasn’t made those connections. She’s a very different character and we approached her differently. She’s bi-polar, which presents its own set of problems in terms of her work but it’s also this double-edged sword. It’s a very different construction. And then, of course, the family drama of Brody’s return – and we have Damian Lewis from “Band of Brothers” and “Life” – the guy is unbelievable. He’s really, really one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with.


  • The Escapist will broadcast on Showtime Extreme in March. Click here at the Showtime site for dates and times. Thanks to Connie.

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Damian on Black Sky Radio next week!

  • Damian Lewis will be LIVE on Black Sky Radio on Wednesday, March 2nd
    at 9:30pm GMT (4:30pm EST) as part of the Band Of Brothers Cast Interviews 2010/11!

    You can listen to the broadcast live online via the Band of Brothers Cast Interviews 2010/11 blog or at the Black Sky Radio website.

    Questions for Damian Lewis can be sent to producer Ross Owen at Questions can also be posted in the chatroom held here during the live interview.

    Interviews with Band Of Brothers cast members have been airing live almost every week since June in celebration of the drama’s 10 year anniversary. To listen to past interviews or for more information, visit the Band of Brothers Cast Interviews 2010/11 blog. For the latest updates, visit their Twitter and Facebook pages.

  • Damian Lewis’s personal assistant, Michael, sent us a small update. No broadcast date to report for Stolen but to look out for Damian in the Metro, The Times, the Daily Mail and other papers. Regarding Man is Wolf to Man, he thinks “this is all dependent on Homeland. There are a few other things Damian is working on and in discussions with, this will all be confirmed once Homeland is decided on.”

  • In an interview with TV Squad Homeland producer Howard Gordon says that the tentative broadcast date for Homeland is September.

    On to ‘Homeland,’ with Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Would you describe it as more of a psychological thriller than an action thriller?

    Yeah, very much so … ’24’ always had a kind of heightened reality. I think it had a nice emotional integrity, but always in a heightened kind of context. This really does feel like it’s happening in the real world, because it has that kind of slow, observational, very human storyline. So it is more of a psychological thriller. I think in some ways, it’s taking some of the same material, obviously, and looking at it in an entirely different way.

    You’re working with Showtime for ‘Homeland.’ How is that experience different from working with a network, the things that you can do, the pace that you can employ to tell the story?

    Showtime feels to me like the difference between … a major studio movie and independent film. There’s a kind of fearlessness there, to be nuanced and to be slow … to take your time, I should say. Slow is not a good word. But, just the medium itself. The fact that there are no commercial breaks changes the rhythm and changes the whole experience. And of course, the latitude you have in terms of material.

    What’s the timeframe for it? Is there a planned premiere date?

    The idea would be in September. Nothing is written in stone. We have to finish this (pilot) first, and they have to like it, but I think it would come out next September.


  • The Cambridge Jones exhibit, Talking Pictures, is now on display at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park from March 3rd to April 24th. The exhibit features celebrities like Damian Lewis, Matthew Rhys, Ioan Gruffudd, and Michael Sheen who are of Welsh descent. See this PR Newswire article for more info.

Categories Homeland Media Print Media

Inspiring Terror, The Sunday Times, February 5, 2011

Inspiring Terror

by Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times, February 5, 2011

From the writers of 24, the American drama Homeland is a dark thriller with a top-notch cast and some pretty big questions, says Stephen Armstrong

You can understand a lot about America by watching its television, although the process can be as nerve-racking as observing an alcoholic parent and measuring the number of glasses consumed. If you watch carefully, you can register the state of health of the world’s most powerful nation.

Take the quantum shift between the multi season series 24, American television’s response to 9/ll in 2001, and the new hit serial Homeland, the first season of which ended in December. In 24, agent lack Bauer faced down terror by any means necessary. He beat, tortured, endured and raced towards certain victory, confident that, once the traitors were unmasked, all would be well. You don’t need a newspaper to connect the dots between a certain kind of muscular public opinion and the stuff it watches on TV. The uncertainties of the Obama years, however, have produced Homeland, a dark, paranoid thriller that is effectively an apology for 24. Continue reading Inspiring Terror, The Sunday Times, February 5, 2011