Categories Homeland News

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.”

Categories Events News

Hay Festival Appearance

Damian Lewis will be performing in the Hay Festival on June

4th this year! He’ll be taking part in a stage presentation of Phillippe Sands’Torture Team,

described on the event page as “An inquiry into the interrogation techniques used by the American

administration and military in Guantanamo and beyond. When do lawyers who authorise abuse cross a line into

criminality?.” Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Fiennes, Jay Sanders, and Gillian Anderson are also part of the

lineup. Tickets (£15) are only available to members at the moment but will be made available to the general

public soon.

For more on the event, click here on the Hay Festival website.

Categories News Stolen

May broadcast for ‘Stolen’?

Robin Jarossi of tweeted on Friday that there there will be a BFI screening of Stolen & Q&A with Damian Lewis in May. He also thinks BBC1 will broadcast the drama that same month. There are no details of the screening on the BFI site yet. Source.

Update from Robin Jarossi of “tickets aren’t on sale yet, but Stolen will be on Mon 9 May at 8.30pm, and the Q&A will be attended by Damian Lewis, the writer Stephen Butchard and director Justin Chadwick.”

Categories Events Messages News

Damian in NY

We’ve received a brief update from Damian’s assistant, Michael. He sends us news that “Damian is going to be over in New York from Saturday 2nd April until Wednesday 6th April. He is there with his wife, Helen McCrory who is over in the city promoting “Harry Potter”, I believe the DVD and the new exhibition which is opening in New York.”

Helen McCrory is listed as being in attendance of the red carpet event happening December 4th celebrating the Harry Potter: The Exhibition grand opening and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 DVD release. will have a live stream of the event.

Categories Events News

Oxford Literary Festival Appearance

Damian Lewis will be taking part in the WordTheatre and The Sunday Times Magazine present Sunday Best event as part of the Oxford Literary Festival on April 7th! He’ll be performing “The Deep” by Anthony Doerr, one of six shortlisted stories for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award which will be announced April 8th. Tickets (£15) may be purchased here at the Tickets Oxford website. For more information on the event, visit the WordTheatre or the Oxford Literary Festival websites.

Categories Events News

Upcoming appearance

Damian Lewis will again be taking part in a Josephine Hart celebrity poetry reading! The Beyond Frankenstein:
Josephine Hart presents Romantic Poetry
will take place April 15th with special guests Damian Lewis, Dan Stevens and Harriet Walter. The event will celebrate “the great romantic-gothic world of Frankenstein, Josephine Hart presents the work of Shelley, Byron and their Romantic contemporaries.” Tickets (£3.50) are now available here at the National Theatre site.

Categories Misc News

Hamlet days

I have no idea whether this is true, but it’s a cute story. From Richard Kay’s Mail Online column:

Plummy-toned Old Etonian actor Damian Lewis didn’t seem to care who could hear as he regaled his wife, actress Helen McCrory, and their children Manon and Gulliver on the top deck of a No.  14 bus travelling down Piccadilly.

‘His theatrical projection drowned out the destination announcements,’ says a fellow passenger. ‘I assumed at first it had to be someone on their mobile. I was six rows away yet I could hear his conversation crystal clearly.’

The Band of Brothers star was recalling bumping into the National Theatre actor Paul Freeman. Says my exasperated traveller: ‘Lewis suddenly declaimed: “He was Claudius to my Hamlet.”’ Fancy…


Thanks to oziegirl17.