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Showtime renews 'Homeland' for second season

October 26, 2011 | 10:43 am

Showtime renews 'Homeland'

"Homeland," Showtime's acclaimed espionage drama starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, has been renewed for a second season.

Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins announced the pickup a few days after the premiere of the most recent episode, which scored the drama's biggest audience to date. "Homeland," which drew 4.4 million viewers in its first week, is the network's highest-rated freshman drama ever.

" 'Homeland' is just getting started," said Nevins. "Clearly, the overall audience growth from Week 1 to Week 4 demonstrated that this show is hitting a nerve in the cultural zeitgeist."

The series features Danes as a troubled CIA agent who is convinced that a U.S. soldier (Lewis) who is being hailed as a hero after eight years in captivity could be planning a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.


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 Photo: Damian Lewis as rescued soldier Nicholas Brody in "Homeland." Credit: Showtime