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Homeland Declassified: An Oral History of Never Told Tales – Jan 16, 2020

Battles, Backlash, CIA Meetings

by Michael O’Connell | Hollywood Reporter | January 16, 2019

Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis and the creators of the era-defining Showtime drama — now entering its eighth and final season — reveal in The Hollywood Reporter’s oral history never-told tales of a show that smashed records, captivated presidents and predicted everything from terrorist attacks to Russian election hacks.

“What keeps you up at night?” That’s the question Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa annually posed to Washington insiders before putting fingers to keyboard on a season of his Emmy-winning Showtime drama.

What began as a slick spy thriller driven by a potent sexual chemistry, courtesy of leads Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, evolved into an exposé on the greatest dangers to an America that finally had some distance from 9/11. Threats from ISIS, the surveillance state and Russian interference punctuated clandestine meetings with the intelligence community — part of a yearly writers and cast symposium in D.C. affectionately dubbed “Spy Camp.”

The series, loosely developed from an Israeli format by Gansa and longtime collaborator Howard Gordon (24), became an instant and bona fide success when it premiered in 2011 to 2.8 million viewers and unanimous critical acclaim. Boasting a murderers’ row of writers, each a showrunner at one time, the drama catapulted Showtime and studio Fox 21 to an echelon of prestige TV they previously couldn’t reach. It swept its first Emmys (with six awards total) and those first seasons had both the Obamas and Clintons soliciting screeners.

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All 109 Golden Globes Best TV Series Winners, Ranked From Worst to Best – Jan 5, 2019

The Brody Effect

by Janaki Jitchotvisut | Insider | January 4, 2019

Ranking TV series according to critical acclaim is bit different from movies — because there are multiple seasons, a show might appear more than once on this list. It also might have completely different ratings from season to season — among critics and fans alike. After all, isn’t half the fun of being a fan of a show arguing over which season is the best, and exactly where your favorite jumped the shark? Seasons of TV shows are rated individually on Rotten Tomatoes — but in some cases, no critical scores are listed for quite a few Golden Globes winners. These are listed in their own category and are not included in the rankings. Because the Golden Globes dates so far back, some TV shows do not have written critic reviews.

#19 – Homeland

Homeland Remained a Firm Favorite with Fans and Critics in its Second Year

Category: Drama
Year: 2013
Starred: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis
Tomatometer rating: Season two, which aired in 2012, is 95% certified fresh with 39 fresh and 2 rotten reviews

Matt Zoller Seitz wrote for Vulture:

“More than anything else, ‘Homeland’ is about trust. What makes people trust each other? Do we give people our trust for rational, defensible reasons or because they’re deceiving us, pushing our buttons, telling us what they know we want to hear? Can we trust the show’s main characters to do the right thing — to be ethical and patriotic and act in the country’s (and their own) best interest?”

#3 – Homeland

Homeland Made for Compelling Viewing from the Start

Category: Drama
Year: 2012
Starred: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis
Tomatometer rating: Season one, which aired in 2011, is 100% certified fresh with 30 fresh and 0 rotten reviews

Adam Sweeting wrote for the Arts Desk, “The amount of information packed into this pilot episode, which still managed to sustain an urgent dramatic pace while creating a shivery sense of foreboding, is a testament to the quality of the writing and performances”

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Damian Lewis: “The Homeland Writers are Desperate to kill Brody”, The Guardian, October 12, 2013

Damian Lewis: ‘The Homeland writers are desperate to kill Brody’

As Homeland returns to our screens, the actor talks about failure, family, being caned at school – and his future on the hit TV show
Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis: ‘I worried I would be one of those fruity, over-the-top actors who start playing wizards when they’re 50.’ Photograph: Andrew Woffinden for the Guardian. Click on image for full portrait

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Damian Lewis Interview: Eton, Homeland And Obama, Esquire, September 28, 2013

The Damian Lewis Interview: Eton, Homeland And Obama

Confident, charismatic and charming: Damian Lewis’ success is easy to understand

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Damian Lewis: Bringing the Fight back home, Sydney Morning Herald, January 12, 2012

Bringing the fight back home

Hero or terrorist? Andrew Murfett talks to the star of Homeland.
By Andrew Murfett

THE premise is intriguing. A United States marine, missing in action for eight years and presumed dead, is rescued from a terrorist compound. He has been held hostage by al-Qaeda for all that time.

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