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Showtime Renews Homeland

In the wake of last night’s series-high ratings, Showtime has renewed the Emmy-winning thriller Homeland for a 12-episode third season.

Based on the Israeli television series Prisoners of War, the drama stars Claire Danes as a brilliant CIA agent grappling with bipolar disorder who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of U.S soldier Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) was a setup and may be connected to an al-Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.

Homeland won six Emmy Awards this year, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress and Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Danes and Lewis.

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

Homeland returned Sept. 30 for its second season, delivering 2.o7 million viewers for the night — a 60-percent increase from the series premiere. Last night the series scored its highest-rated episode ever, with 1.75 million viewers for the 10 p.m. debut, besting the 1.73 million for the Season 2 premiere.

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