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'Community,' 'American Horror Story' and 'Homeland' among the nominees for the Art Directors Guild awards

They're not the Oscars, but it's still good that there are awards for the people who make our television and film experiences so visually stunning. The Art Directors Guild has just announced the nominees for its 2012 awards.The Guild honors production designers in television, film and advertising, dividing each medium into distinct categories. The result is that some productions not used to getting a lot of awards love do in fact get mentioned.Take "Community" for example. While you'd be hard-pressed to find a TV critic who doesn't think this is one of TV's best comedies, the show gets nominated for virtually zero awards. The Art Directors Guild, however, took notice when appropriate -- the bizarre, visually interesting and incredible "Pillows and Blankets" episode (a Zap2It pick for one of the best episodes of the year) is nominated.Of course, lots of the usual suspects make the list as well -- movies like "Django Unchained" and...

Exclusive: CSI: NY Books Homeland Villain for Crossover Episode

Abu Nazir lives!  CSI: NY has cast Navid Negahban , aka Homeland 's most-wanted (and recently deceased) terrorist, for a February episode, has learned exclusively. Negahban will figure into the second part of the CSI -CSI: NY crossover event as Zane Kalim, a lifelong criminal. He will most certainly come into the crosshairs of Mac Taylor ( Gary Sinise ), as Kalim is the only person who knows where Mac's kidnapped girlfriend Christine ( Megan Dodds ) is being held...

'Homeland' Actor Says Brody Deserved To Die

David Harewood has one thing in common with David Estes, the scheming CIA counterterrorism director he played on Showtime's "Homeland": he thinks Nicholas Brody, the U.S. Marine turned would-be terrorist at the heart of the show's first two seasons, deserved to die. "I think [Estes] was fully justified in trying to get rid of Brody, even though all the ladies don't think that's the case," Harewood told The Huffington Post in a phone interview from London late last week. "I think he had to go. I mean, this was a guy who put on a suicide vest. This was a guy who was prepared to blow up half the American administration -- including me!" Instead -- spoiler alert! -- it was Harewood's character who died in the show's season 2 finale , which aired on Dec. 16. As the season ended, Brody was running for his life, but still very much alive. Harewood, a veteran of English theater and television, knows that fans of the series loved to hate Estes. But, perhaps inevitably, he wound up liking the guy. "I could really see things from his point of view. He was obviously a patriot, and, although he was self-serving, I think his heart was in the right place." Nevertheless, Harewood remained clear-eyed about Estes' faults. "This is a guy who's a political animal. He wants to climb the greased pole. He's almost sold his soul, in a sense, to get what he wants," he said. Harewood said it took awhile for him to fully grasp his character's true nature. "I struggled in the first season to figure out who he was," he admitted. Like all the actors on "Homeland," Harewood received his scripts one episode at a time, often just a few days before filming began, so there were times when Estes' behavior surprised even him. "I would write myself a backstory, and then you'd get a script that would completely contradict that backstory," Harewood said. "Just as I'd begin to like him, he'd do something which was a real pain and I'd have to go, 'Fuck, OK.'" The most dramatic example came when Harewood and Claire Danes, who plays the unstable CIA officer Carrie Mathison, were handed a scene referencing a past affair between their characters -- one that had the effect of wrecking Estes' marriage. "I didn't even know what my wife's name was, and all of a sudden you're playing the scene with these names and all this stuff that's supposed to have happened between Claire's and my characters," Harewood recalled. "We hadn't really had any time to digest it and think about it. So it was a bit awkward. And I remember being in a bit of a funk afterward, just thinking, 'I don't know where I am with this guy.'" Still, the affair became central to Harewood's portrayal of Estes. "Even though it wasn't written or wasn't explored, I just played that he still had this thing for [Carrie]," he said. "I always had this thing that she was the one who broke up my marriage. She's the one that allowed emotion to get in the way of sense -- probably the only time Estes would have done that." The better Harewood understood his character, the more he wished viewers could see things from Estes' point of view. "It was always, obviously, from Carrie and Saul's perspective," Harewood said, referring to Saul Berenson, the lovable CIA division chief played by Mandy Patinkin. "But I could always fully justify why [Estes] was always somewhat grumpy and always somewhat mistrustful of Saul. I think what Dar Adal [the off-the-books spymaster played by F. Murray Abraham] says to Saul is perfectly correct, which is sometimes he's afraid to get his hands dirty. And I suppose I did think that that was going to be more of what Estes represented -- the darker side of the CIA." As for Carrie, who repeatedly defied direct orders only to be proven right time and time again, Harewood thinks Estes was right to be wary of her. "There was always this idea that she's a brilliant maverick, but somebody that needs to be controlled and watched and carefully managed," Harewood said. "I perhaps would have liked more scenes where I got to state that." The "Homeland" writers' room is famously stacked with talent. Co-executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon are decorated veterans who've worked together on "The X-Files" and "24," among other shows, and their fellow writers -- Chip Johannessen, Alex Cary, Henry Bromell and Meredith Stiehm -- all have experience running their own shows. "Obviously they were great," Harewood said, but he also acknowledged that he and the other actors on the show were as puzzled as some fans by the controversial developments of Season 2. "After episode 5, I think all of us realized we didn't know where it was quite going," Harewood said. "And there was just a slight slacking off of the intensity that there was in [episodes] 1 to 5. I think we all kind of thought, Where are we heading with this?" The turning point for Harewood came when Carrie interrogated Brody and got him to admit that he had come this close to suicide-bombing the vice-president and a room full of senior officials. "Once the Q&A [between Carrie and Brody] happened and everything was on the table, then it was like, OK, we've got seven episodes left and what are we going to do? He'd admitted everything," Harewood said. "And I think that's perhaps when it became more about a personal thing between Carrie and Brody." One development Harewood didn't learn about from the script: his own character's death. "Alex [Ganza] rang me up a couple of days after the Emmys and told me I wasn't going to make it," Harewood said. "And I'll be honest -- it gutted me. I was really disappointed. But I think about 20 minutes after I spoke to him, I sat down and wrote him an email just saying how grateful I was, because really these have been two of the best years of my life." Harewood, who lives in London with his wife and two daughters, has been eyeing the American market for years, and now that he has a foothold he's determined to make the most of it. "I don't expect all my work to be as spectacularly successful as 'Homeland,' but what a fantastic place to start," he said. "It's been like a two-year screen test. I mean, everybody in the business has been watching it. So it's at least put me in the shop window, you know?" Harewood will be in Los Angeles this month for pilot season, hoping to land a role in another American series. "You know, I was very, very lucky to get 'Homeland,' but I would like to hopefully get a part next time that allows me to be a little bit more lively," he said. "I had to shut everything off with Estes. He wasn't charming. He wasn't funny. There was no twinkle." Meanwhile, "Homeland" will continue without Estes -- or Harewood. Asked to speculate on the identity of the infamous "mole" that may or may not exist inside the show's version of the CIA, Harewood said it could be anybody. "I know that in the first season, we didn't even think about it. And it's become a bit of an obsession with the audience: Who is the mole? And I think the writers are now going, 'Well, that's something we have in our back pocket.' They weren't even thinking of it, but it has become something that's very convenient for them." He added: "Everyone I know thinks Mandy's the mole. Which is interesting. Interesting."

Homeland's Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy Welcome Baby Boy

Homeland star Claire Danes , 33, and husband Hugh Dancy , 37, welcomed their first child this week, People reports. What are the top TV shows of 2012? The Emmy-winning actress gave birth...

'Homeland' Is Hiring: Why the Hottest Show on Cable Is Seeking Help

At least one likely high-profile vacancy means showrunner Alex Gansa will spend the holidays reading writing samples.

Homeland Season 2 Finale 2012 “The Choice”

Homeland  “The Choice” Season 2 episode 12 (season 2 finale) airs Sunday Dec 16, 2012 at 10pm et/pt Episode Synopsis : In the Season 2 finale, Carrie is faced with a pivotal decision, while Brody meets with Faber to contemplate the future of the family. Meanwhile, Saul undertakes a secret assignment; and Quinn has a decision to make that may prove to be a game-changer. Read More...

'Homeland' Interview with EP Alex Gansa: Who Was Responsible for the Bombing?

Spoiler alert : This article contains some Homeland spoilers for the season 2 finale and for season 3. Just when it looks like things are going according to plan, instead everything goes to shambles . Carrie and Brody were free to be together if they wanted, Nazir was killed and buried at sea, Brody gave Mike permission to be with Jessica, and Dana even got some closure with her father.

'Dexter' & 'Homeland' Finales Break Showtime Records

Sunday night's "Dexter" and "Homeland" season finales were the highest-viewed episodes in both series' histories ... breaking a slew of Showtime ratings records they set last week . "Dexter" was the higher-rated drama, attracting 2.75 million viewers at 9 p.m. and 3.4 million for the total night audience, making it the highest-rated original episode in Showtime history. Last week, 2.6 million viewers watched at 9 p.m. and 3.06 million on the night, with both marks setting all-time Showtime records at the time. Read More...

'Homeland' Scoop: Who Will Return For Season 3?

After Sunday's "Homeland" season finale , it's clear Season 3 will be a very different beast, which executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon confirmed Monday in a conference call with members of the media. Season 1 ended with only Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) believing in Nicholas Brody's (Damian Lewis) guilt and the Season 2 finale of "Homeland" ended with her as the only one who believes in his innocence. "That was the broad architecture of the year," Gansa said. How Brody will figure into Season 3 is "very much up in the air," Gansa said. "We had a much clearer picture" of what the first two seasons would be than what the third will be, he said. Will Brody recede into the background now that he's on the run? "I think it's an open question," said Gansa, who added that a change in Brody's level of involvement was "inevitable." "We've told a significant part of that story," Gansa added. "If there's a chapter 3, it's going to have to be a reinvention of some kind [in which] Carrie and Saul work to keep the world safe." Read More....

Homeland Season 3: Who's in Charge?

A polarizing Homeland Season 2 came to a close with " The Choice ," as Abu Nazir struck from his watery grave; Quinn grew a conscience; and Saul was both promoted and dejected. How will each of these developments play a role in 2013? In the following Showtime interview, series creator Alex Gansa gives us an idea of where things will stand on Season 3 - who will be leading the CIA? Where will we find Brody? - and goes back over a polarizing finale. Watch now and give your take below on Homeland Season 2: