Showtime renews ‘Homeland’ for third season

By Daniel S Levine,

After sweeping the Emmys in the major drama categories, Showtime’s Homeland has been renewed for a third season.

The show, which stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin, won the Emmy for outstanding drama series, beating out Mad Men. Danes and Lewis also won Emmys for outstanding actress and actor, respectively.

So far, the show’s second season is far outperforming its first. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sunday’s episode drew 1.66 million viewers. The season two premiere drew 1.73 million viewers, setting a series record.

Overall, season one averaged 4.4 million viewers from DVR, On Demand, repeat airings and streaming. The season two premiere has drawn 5.2 million viewers across various platforms since it first aired last month.

“The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said, notes Deadline “The writers, cast and crew of Homeland continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week.”

Homeland was developed by executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon and is loosely based on the Israeli drama Prisoners of War.

Production on season three will start in Spring 2013 and will consist of 12 episodes.

image: Showtime/CBS

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