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With Her Surveillance Cut, Carrie Makes Contact With Brody on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 24th 2011 5:15AM
'Homeland' - 'Semper I'With her hands completely tied by bureaucracy and the law, Carrie had no choice but to remove her surveillance cameras from the Brody household on this week's 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime). In four weeks, she'd not come up with a shred of evidence linking him to the growing terrorist plot she's officially working on.

But Carrie is certain, so rather than sit at home and stare where all her monitors used to be, she went to his house to stake him out the good old-fashioned way. When he left to go to a support group for veterans -- we admit to being a bit surprised that's where he actually went -- she followed him there and came up with a new plan.

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Carrie Gets Information From an Asset That Makes Her More Sure on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 6:45AM
'Homeland' - 'Grace'The plot thickens on 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime) when one of Carrie's assets in the field contacts her with a confirmed sighting of one of the biggest terrorist figures in the world, Abu Nazir. This is great news for Carrie, but terrifying for the asset, Lynn.

She's been acting as a consort of sorts for a Middle Eastern prince, but now that she's seen the prince talking to Nazir, she's terrified for her life. But with Carrie's conviction that Brody is connected with Nazir, the timing of this is too important for her to let Lynn out.

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'Homeland,' 'Dexter' Debut Big for Showtime

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 3rd 2011 4:10PM
Homeland, Dexter RatingsThe premiere of 'Homeland' gave Showtime its best drama numbers since 'Dead Like Me' in 2003.

According to Showtime, the new Claire Danes drama was seen by 1.1 million viewers at 10 PM. Meanwhile, the Season 6 premiere of 'Dexter' was watched by 2.2 million viewers, the show's biggest premiere ever.

'Homeland' was put online and On Demand since Sept. 13. Since then it has been watched by 1.4 million viewers. With repeat airings and On Demand/online figures added, the show was watched by about 2.8 million viewers.

The 'Dexter' premiere was watched by 2.2 million viewers at 9PM ET. Repeat airings bring the total to around 2.8 million viewers as well.

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Carrie May Have Uncovered Evidence Against Brody on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 6:15AM
'Homeland' - 'Pilot'After much anticipation, the star-studded 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime) finally premiered, and it delivered on every level. Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin are a revelation together, with Danes absolutely smashing a very unpredictable and uncertain role.

Carrie Mathison is already one of the most fascinating lead characters on television. We come out of this premiere with no real grasp on whether she's crazy and grasping at straws, or crazy but on to something really big. Yes, we're pretty sure, she's crazy, but it's the kind of crazy that draws you into her world.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 3-9

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 2nd 2011 11:10AM
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'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)
Last week's hilarious episode was a return to form for the aging comedy, and we're hoping that tonight's offering can maintain that momentum. After Robin assaults a girl who is out to ruin Barney's relationship, she is forced to begin court-mandated therapy sessions. Meanwhile, Ted gets too involved in Lily's pregnancy. Featuring Kal Penn as Robin's therapist, in his first acting role since joining the Obama Administration -- you go, Kumar!

'House' (9PM ET, Fox) season premiere
After last season's controversial finale, we pick up one year later, with everyone's favorite Vicodin addict behind bars. When an antagonistic prison gang leader makes a serious threat, House solicits the help of a fellow inmate (guest star Jaleel White), but when another inmate's unusual medical symptoms spark his curiosity, House must come up with creative ways to treat the patient while navigating prison rules.

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Talking TV Podcast Collars 'Luther,' 'The League,' 'Homeland' and 'Breaking Bad'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 29th 2011 2:00PM
A few new shows and 'Breaking Bad' get the Talking TV treatment this week.

In this edition of the podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about the second season of BBC America's 'Luther,' the return of the fantasy-football comedy 'The League' (season premiere guest star Seth Rogen is pictured at right), Showtime's excellent new drama 'Homeland,' the bumpy ride of Fox's 'Terra Nova' and this week's 'Breaking Bad' episode.

Running times are below.

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Review: 'Homeland' Puts Stellar Performances at the Heart of a Compelling Espionage Tale

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 29th 2011 11:00AM
Sometimes an actor takes an average role and, through skill, technique and pure presence, transforms it into something much better. Once in a great while, an actor takes a very good role and produces something extraordinary.

That's what occurs in 'Homeland' (10PM ET Sunday, Showtime), which would be worth watching if all it had going for it were the tremendous work being done by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. But 'Homeland' also manages to be both an addictive espionage thriller and a compelling character study, as well as a well-constructed exploration of the difficulties and ambiguities of fighting terrorism a decade after Sept. 11. Without a doubt, it is one of the finest new shows of the year.

Danes and Lewis both portray guarded, damaged characters who have trouble knowing whom to trust, and the parallels and contrasts between them are fascinating. Lewis plays Nicholas Brody, a Marine who returns home after eight years as the captive of Islamic radicals, and his wariness may be the result of understandable re-entry difficulties -- or it may indicate something more sinister.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Sept 26 - Oct 2

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 25th 2011 2:00PM
Terra NovaNote: Premieres are still debuting, so I'd like to emphasize the "picks" portion of the title and remind you that I'm only spotlighting a selection of the week's most noteworthy offerings. For a full listing of new and returning shows and their timeslots, check out our fall premiere grid or alphabetized list to plan your schedule.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

'Terra Nova' (8PM ET, Fox)
series premiere
The long-awaited, super-hyped and mega-expensive sci-fi drama finally lands on Fox this week, but is it worthy of the buzz? Surprisingly, yes. Some of the dialogue is leaden and lord knows how many times we've seen the "obnoxious teenager" archetype on genre shows, but I have a certain fondness for "event" TV, and this action-packed premiere is engaging enough and sets up plenty of potential mysteries for the season ahead. Gather your whole family for the spectacle.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW) series premiere
Following the return of 'Gossip Girl,' this 'Everwood'-esque drama brings a little heart to The CW (pardon the pun) and gave me a serious case of the warm fuzzies. If you can get over the (admittedly large) hurdle of buying Rachel Bilson as a doctor, you'll probably appreciate its guileless, small town charm. Few shows can replicate the fond, nostalgic vibe that used to be The WB's stock in trade with shows like 'Gilmore Girls' and '7th Heaven,' so I'll admit that I'm kind of addicted. Whether it's more realistic than dinosaurs, though ... you'll have to draw your own conclusions.

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'Homeland': Watch the Premiere Episode Now

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 13th 2011 11:30AM
HomelandCan't wait to sink your teeth into Showtime's new political thriller starring Claire Danes? Now you don't have to! The network has put the first episode, set to air Oct. 2 at 10PM, online for your viewing pleasure.

The cable network has done this in the past with other big shows like Laura Linney's 'The Big C.'

Also starring Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin, the new drama from Howard Gordon and the producers of '24' follow Danes as a CIA officer who suspects a rescued American prisoner of war has been turned by terrorists.

Watch the full episode below.

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From Jack Bauer to Cylons, How Scripted Television Dealt With Sept. 11

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2011 12:30PM
Given the enormity of what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, it was natural that many television writers would spend the next decade working out what it meant in the stories they told. But the shows that grappled most directly with what it meant to live in a post-9/11 world (and I examine those shows in a bit more depth below) sometimes had a difficult time wrestling with the moral and political complexities of the age while still telling a gripping story. Who knew that a show about killer robots would be one of the most successful shows to combine concerns about terrorism with satisfying character drama?

Of course, in the relatively immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many scripted television shows had episodes or moments that paid tribute to what occurred on Sept. 11, including 'NYPD Blue,' 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing,' among many others (and almost a decade later, 'Fringe' depicted still-standing twin towers in one of its most memorable moments).

Others programs dwelled on our longing for reassurance in a chaotic world in more oblique ways. 'Lost,' after all, depicted a plane crash, a struggle for survival and the difficulty of sustaining relationships in extreme circumstances, and 'Jericho' took our fears about the state of our union and amplified them in a variety of ways.

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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Drama (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 23rd 2011 12:00PM
Welcome to Part 2 of our critics roundtable debate, all about the best new dramas of the upcoming 2011-2012 TV season. Which new shows made the list? You'll have to watch and see ...

Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV.

Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Comedy

I've split our chat into five insightful videos, and we'll be posting a new one here on AOL TV everyday this week -- best new comedy and best new drama (watch both below), worst new show (Wednesday), star we're happiest to see on TV (Thursday) and returning show we're most excited for (Friday) -- so keep checking back for more.

Right now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to get our honest take on today's topic: Best new drama.

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See the Exciting New 'Homeland' Trailer, Now With More Morena Baccarin (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 4th 2011 4:00PM
HomelandFans of psychological thrillers, you just have to hold out a few more months! Showtime's Claire Danes-fronted drama, 'Homeland,' kicks off Oct. 2 at 10PM but we've got one tantalizing new trailer to hold you over until then.

The new series from Howard Gordon and the producers of '24' follows Danes' Carrie Anderson, a CIA officer who suspects a recently recovered American prisoner of war has been turned by terrorists. Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin also star.

Below, watch the new trailer -- filled with spying, secret talks, pills, sex and so much more.

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Watch New Trailers for Showtime's 'Dexter' & 'Homeland'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 21st 2011 10:00PM
HomelandJust because you're missing out on being at Comic-Con doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the exclusives.

(And for those of you lucky enough to be there, don't gloat -- you know you still can't cover everything, so this applies to you, too.)

Today Showtime released two new Comic-Con exclusive previews, one for Season 6 of their Emmy-nominated show 'Dexter,' and the other for their new drama 'Homeland,' which is a psychological thriller starring Claire Danes, Damien Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin.

'Dexter' and 'Homeland' will be paired together, premiering back-to-back on Sun., Oct. 2, with 'Dexter' at 9PM and 'Homeland' at 10PM.

Check out new trailers for both after the jump ...

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'Hardcore Pawn' Gets Season 5 a Day After Season 4 Premiere, Randy Jackson Shopping Talk Show and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 22nd 2011 5:45PM
Hardcore PawnTruTV has given 'Hardcore Pawn' the greenlight for Season 5 just a day after Season 4 premiered.

The two premiere episodes were seen by an average of 2.1 million viewers.

"We're very excited to celebrate another strong performance by Hardcore Pawn, which continues to resonate in a big way with our targeted viewers," Marc Juris, executive vice president and general manager of truTV, said in a statement.

The 13-episode Season 5 will debut later this year.

In other TV news ...

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'V' Star Morena Baccarin Joins Cast of 'Homeland'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 1st 2011 4:15AM
Morena BaccarinMorena Baccarin wasn't out of work for long. Just a short while after ABC canceled 'V,' she's been cast as a series regular in Showtime's hot new drama, 'Homeland.'

Baccarin joins Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis in the political thriller, which tells the story of Scott Brody (Lewis), an American POW who is rescued from the Middle East.

Meanwhile, a suspicious CIA operative (Danes) thinks he may have been turned into a terrorist and released intentionally.

According to Deadline.com Baccarin will take on the role of Jessica Brody, Scott's smart, strong wife. She replaces British actress Laura Fraser, who played the role in the pilot.

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