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'Homeland' Season 3 posters: Carrie, Brody and Saul 'pledge allegiance'

"Homeland" Season 3 has a new batch of posters showing its main characters "pledge allegiance." The images show pretty generic shots of Carrie, Saul and Brody, but the fact that the four new posters only show those three characters is pretty telling. In the past, "Homeland's" focus has stretched beyond it's three leads, dwelling on characters like Dana and Abu Nazir. Do these posters show that the focus will return to Carrie, Saul and Brody? Based on what producer Howard Gordon told Zap2it at the Showtime TCA summer press tour, that could be the case. "[Saul and Carrie's strained Season 3 relationship is] a game-changer, but it will see that the ramifications of what you've seen definitely play out downstream," he sais. "The Saul/Carrie axis in some ways is every bit as the Carrie/Brody axis. I mean, he is her mentor, her father-figure, and she is his apprentice, disciple, daughter, and all those relationships are... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/homeland-season-3-posters-carrie-brody-and-saul-pledge-allegiance.html

Homeland Star Cast as Big Bad on Arrow Season 2

Navid Negahban has agreed to terrorize a second fictional universe. The actor, best known as the evil mastermind Abu Nazir on Homeland , will appear on multiple episodes of Arrow Season 2 in another villainous capacity: He'll portray Al-Owal , a Big Bad who has connections to Malcolm and other nefarious folks in Starling City. As first reported by E! News, look for the character to target someone close to Oliver when we meet him on Episode 5, "The Demon's Head." Other faces already cast on Season 2 include Summer Glau and Caity Lotz, the latter of whom will join the series as Laurel's sister. The drama, which returns on October 8, is also seeking to introduce Dr. Brett Allen for a potential Flash spinoff . http://www.tvfanatic.com/2013/08/homeland-star-cast-as-big-bad-on-arrow-season-2/

Emmy Watch: Morena Baccarin on Her First Nomination, An "Impossible Situation" on Homeland Season 3

We're only two episodes into our 2013 Emmy Watch series and there's already a theme developing. Last week’s profiled star, Anna Chlumsky , had her baby just before getting her Veep nomination - and this week we talk to Homeland ’s Morena Baccarin, who is currently pregnant. Nominated for her role as Jessica Brody on Showtime’s acclaimed drama, Homeland , Baccarin nabbed a Best Supporting Actress In A Drama nid and will go up against Breaking Bad ’s Anna Gunn, Downton Abbey’ s Maggie Smith, The Good Wife’ s Christine Baranski, Game of Thrones ’ Emilia Clarke and Mad Men ’s Christina Hendricks on September 22. I recently grabbed some time with Baccarin, who talked about the nomination, what we can expect from Jessica in Homeland Season 3 how she feels about her Sci-Fi fans from her days on Serenity and V ... TV Fanatic : Let’s talk about Emmy stuff first. Do you submit like an episode or is it kind of collective clips. How did that actually work? Morena Baccarin : To be honest with you, for the nomination I’m not sure what you submit or if you submit anything, and then I guess once you’re nominated you submit a favorite episode. I think they look at the character arc through the episode. TVF : When you go back and look back even if it was just from last season, does it seem like a long time ago? MB : You know, it’s funny. It does seem like a long time ago because so much has happened on the show. It’s fast paced and also it’s intense and the story, to me, feels like last season’s story because we’re already halfway through this season, season three. It feels like so much has happened to this woman. TVF : Jessica definitely does not have it easy. Where were you when you found out you had the nomination? MB : I was in Charleston, actually with my husband. We were on vacation. We decided to take a little bit of a vacation, and, to be honest with you, I completely forgot the day that nominations were coming out. I had no idea…so, the phone started ringing at nine a.m. I was really just waking up. We had a late dinner, a wonderful time, and my first thought was, ‘Who died?’ A horrible thing, but when you get that many phone calls all at once, you kind of wonder, it’s got to be bad news. TVF : Right, right. I’d be the same way. Is it too soon to talk about what you might be wearing on Emmy night, especially in your pregnant state? MB : Yeah. We’re just still figuring that out. It’s going to be challenging, but it’s hard to tell exactly how big I’m going to be. We’re just doing our best to figure it out, and it’ll be something I imagine, flowy in some way. TVF : In the new season, Jessica is dealing a lot with what her daughter is going through. Do you think Jessica blames herself for any of that or is she just trying to make the situation better? MB : I think she blames herself somewhat. Obviously, I think any parent would. I think the situation is so beyond her control. It really and truly is an impossible situation and I think she’s done a great job at keeping it together as much as possible and of course it’s going to affect her children and her family. We just shot a really beautiful scene I have with Dana where I just finally let go and grieve and say, ‘I’m so sorry. I did everything I could and tried really hard not to drag you guys into this.’ I mean, it’s impossible. She’s basically at a crossroads where she’s just reacting to things that are happening to her. TVF : Is it safe to say you do share some screen time with Damian [Lewis, who plays Brody] this season because I know he’s not in the first episode? Do you have scenes with him? MB : I haven’t yet so I’m not sure where it’s going at the end of the season, but so far Jessica and Brody have not seen each other.   Homeland Season 3 Trailer TVF : Does Jessica have somebody she’s kind of leaning on just for moral support? MB : Her mom makes her appearance this season. So that’s definitely somewhat of a support system, but she’s not somebody who relies on people. Even last season, where Mike (Diego Klattenhoff) was both willing and able to be there for her. She still kind of pushed him away…I think she stands on her own and tries to clean up her own mess. TVF : I know you have a lot of Syfy fans. What is it about sci-fi fans that you think are different from other fans because I see them at Comic Con and other events and it seems like such a different kind of fandom. Do you see it that way? MB : Absolutely. They are the most loyal fans you’ll ever find. They follow you from show to show…they create games and role-playing things and it’s really fun for them. It becomes a real community to share the love between fans. It almost is not really even about us or about the actors in it. It’s more about the experience for them. I find that really fascinating and really cool that they really delve into the roles and the characters in some ways more so than we do. TVF : That’s great. Do you hear mostly about Serenity or is it still about V or is it kind of a mixed bag of what you hear from those fans? MB : It’s a mixed bag these days between Homeland and Serenity and Firefly and V and everything. So like I said they’re so, so loyal that they literally just will follow you from place to place no matter what you’re doing. It’s really cool. TVF : Would you like to do more comedy down the line because I know you have a good sense of humor just from reading your tweets and seeing you on talk shows and stuff. Is that something you’d like to do more of, maybe down the line? MB : Yeah. I would love to. I did a little comedy called Back In The Day. Mike Rosenbaum (Lex Luther on Smallville) directed it and that was really fun to do. It’s coming out by next year, but I would love to do more comedy. I think it would be a really good change of pace for me. After a season on Homeland, a good laugh is really welcome. The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs September 22nd on CBS. Homeland premieres its third season on September 29th on Showtime. http://www.tvfanatic.com/2013/08/emmy-watch-morena-baccarin-on-her-first-nomination-an-impossible/

'Homeland' Season 3: Brody's Reveal Will Be 'Devastating'

The rumors are true: The first two episodes of "Homeland" Season 3 (premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime) are, in fact, Brodyless. But that's just the first two episodes. The Huffington Post caught up with star Damian Lewis to find out where Brody has been hiding since that whole CIA bombing incident at the end of Season 2 , and he had a few very juicy teases about the whereabouts and mental state of his "cockroach"-like TV alter-ego. Keep reading to hear about Brody's inevitable "devastating" reveal, the state of his family and Carrie since he's been gone and his take on the Season 2 haters -- plus the promise that Season 3 will be darker and more grown-up. First question: Where the hell is Brody? Where's Brody? I'm right here, babe! [Laughs.] Brody's on the run. He's an international man of mystery -- you've got to remember that. He's on the run. We'll get to Brody, and when we do, it'll be devastating. You all know from Season 2 that the longer you wait to have Brody and Carrie reunited, the bigger the reunion needs to be. Uh-huh. Which means that since Brody is gone from the first two episodes entirely, the reveal is going to have to be huge. Look, Brody has kind of passed from pillar to post, from one cell, one safehouse, to the next, as part of the escape procedure that they put in place for him. And Brody, when we see him, we don't know what kind of state he'll be in. Will Brody be living happily in a villa in the south of France, larging it up with a yacht and a bevy of Russian beauties? Or will he be imprisoned somewhere? Or will he be working on a plot against the CIA? I think what happens to Brody and what emerges through this season is … thematically, it was always very strong in "Homeland" that Brody is a victim of war. He's a good representation of what happens when you send young men to war and what can happen to them over there. Obviously it's extrapolated for this, and it's taken to its Nth degree, but the logical conclusion is that a man can become poisoned and toxic as a result of an experience of war, and can infect everyone around them. That's kind of what we see from Brody this year. And we've already seen bits of that for sure. Yes, that's what we've been seeing from him for the first two seasons -- he's not a good influence, wherever he goes. Whether it's on homeland security and the political life in Washington; whether it's on his family life; whether it's on his romantic life with this other slightly unhinged, brilliant maverick person that he gets involved with … despite Brody being so damaged, Brody seems to survive, and a lot of people around him die. He's kind of got a cockroach quality to him. If the atomic bomb drops, Brody might just come scuttling out from under the rubble. It's going to be interesting to see what actually happens to Brody. But when you do meet him [this season], you'll find him in an interesting place. Not a healthy place. Not a healthy place? Interesting. While we're not seeing Brody in these first two episodes, we're still hearing about him quite a bit, and seeing the aftermath of his disappearance on his family and on Carrie, who maintains that he had nothing to do with the bomb that blew up CIA headquarters … Which she believes. But is it true, or is it just the deranged defense of a lover? This is "Homeland" -- everything is a double-edged sword. He's so convincing -- to the point that we root for him even though he is, arguably, the enemy. Well I think, certainly in the first season, he presented the threat. He was the central threat. Finally he stepped back from the edge, with the theme of that season, loosely, being that a real earthly human love is more powerful than an abstract ideology. That was what you were left with. He steps back from the edge because of a love for his daughter. Then in Season 2, it's complicated by a further plot where he seems to be wanting to help Carrie, but the guys get to him, then Carrie gets taken, then they manage to turn Brody and he seems to be working for the CIA. You thought, wow, he and Carrie are going to work this all out. And then, of course, that final episode the CIA blows up, and did he plant it? This season, Brody necessarily has to go away, and he's on the run. And we do come to him -- we come to him very soon. But Brody has kind of entered the nine circles of hell. He is a man that's so damaged now by his experience, the last eight years of his life. From the moment he was brutally tortured, physically and psychologically by Abu Nazir, to a conversion to Islam, to coming back and having post-traumatic stress disorder and trying to reintegrate himself with his family, to falling in love with this woman who understands him better than the woman who's been with him most of his life, to his conflict about some sort of act motivated by personal revenge against his own country ... He is a very conflicted, very screwed up human being. I think you'll find in Season 3 that it gets too much for him. That's why I say you'll find him in an unhealthy place. But within Season 3, you'll also see some sort of recovery, and some sort of acts of penance. I'm not going to tell you what those are, but you'll see him somehow grow strong again … What does strong Brody look like? Is strong Brody the one who wants to make his life right, or is strong Brody the guy who takes no prisoners and will snap your neck if you step out of line? Well I would say, advocating for Brody, if he's in the stand -- I want Brody to be happy in whatever direction he chooses. As long as he is active, making decisions, strong, he's committed to an ideology, committed to a direction for himself and the people around him, that'll be good to see. Because for the last half of last season and the first half of this season, we experience a Brody who has become a tumbleweed. He's really being blown from one side to the next, and people are using him. He's not strong enough to resist. And there are so many extenuating circumstances -- emotional ones, not least his own family and his own daughter; the relationship he's trying to forge with her, unsuccessfully, and the niggling distraction of this compelling, beautiful, brilliant woman who seems to get him, and who he gets, which is Carrie. So there are a lot of distractions and Brody's very much lost his center. And you'll see that. That's played on even further in the opening half of Season 3. And you will, then, see him somehow pull his socks back up and get himself together. He has to -- Carrie is crumbling again, his family is crumbling again. Although I'm fascinated by Dana's transformation since Brody has been gone. She has an amazing weight to carry in these first couple of episodes. Reading it has been a trip -- it's great. Dana's story is very evocative of just how broken the Brody family is. She's rejected her father now. She's looked at, stared at, teased and bullied for having the last name that she has. She always defended her father, and it has become clear that her father lied to her, betrayed her and was never straight with her. That moment in Season 2 where he was a little more clear with her shows the immaturity in Brody. It shows his narcissism actually -- he shouldn't have dumped on her in that way. Truth is always better, but she wasn't ready to take it, and he sort of expected her to take it and handle it. It was an error of judgment and she doesn't bounce back from that. People had issues with Season 2. Were you aware of that, and do you read critical and fan reactions? Yeah, I read some stuff. I think they had problems with three or four episodes toward the end of the season, where there were plot jumps made in a slightly more rollercoaster-y kind of way. And because the first season had been so brilliantly taut, psychologically, it made Season 2 seem a little more cartoonish in places. But for my money, it was still never less than compelling and fabulous and interesting and brilliant. I thought it was great. "Homeland" has always worked from the premise that we're not here to give you a naturalist piece of drama. The very fact that the CIA are working on home turf as much as they're working means the whole thing is spurious anyway. So don't worry too much about that. As long as we commit to the story in a real and sincere way, we hope they can enjoy it. So you think it's back on track for Season 3? I think Season 3 is even more hard-boiled and dark and grown-up than Season 1 or 2. Those first two episodes, it really explores the mental health of the characters -- not just Carrie. It starts in a very dark place -- you start at a mental institution -- and it's got a very unforgiving, darker shade to it, I think. It's right back in the wheelhouse of those hard-boiled conspiracy thrillers. All the paranoia, the dark ops of the intelligence agencies are at play. I was really happy when I read the first two episodes. "Homeland" Season 3 premieres Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. What are you looking forward to most from the return of "Homeland"? http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/BAkkt-eJvr4/homeland-season-3-damian-lewis_n_3787096.html

'Homeland': Brody almost died in Season 2, and Carrie almost left with him

Unlike other series like "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad," "Homeland's" journey isn't set in stone. During a TV Academy panel held to discuss the series, it was revealed that Brody almost didn't make it through Season 2, though the show's writers were later convinced otherwise. Howard Gordon says that "Homeland's" writers intended to off Brody in Season 2, which they also tried to do in Season 1. Both times Showtime convinced them to let Brody live, but in Season 2 the death was actually mapped out. "We had sketched out this plan in the early parts of Season 2 which called for Brody's demise, which may have been premature, and they asked us to reconsider," Gordon says (via The Hollywood Reporter. The change is something Gordon calls "the happy accident of having very good partners." Similarly, Carrie was originally intended to leave the United States with Brody, but eventually it was decided that it... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/homeland-brody-almost-died-in-season-2-and-carrie-almost-left-with-him.html

'Homeland' Season 3: The Writers Offer 10 Big Reveals

Assembled for a TV Academy panel, the creative team behind the Emmy-winning Showtime series' reflect on missing scenes, dashed plot points and what's next.            http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/AMil92iJQT0/story01.htm

'Homeland' Season 3 trailer shows Brody and Carrie's different journeys

Bummed you didn't get to see the "Homeland" Season 3 sizzle reel that was shown at the show's 2013 TCA press day? Well you're in luck, because Showtime just uploaded it to YouTube for the world to see. The trailer opens with Carrie and Brody's heartfelt goodbye in Season 2, and then shows the differing paths their storylines take. Brody seems to be on the run in foreign countries, and can be seen at some points with a shaved head and a gunshot wound. In one shot, he is shown firing some pretty heavy weaponry at one point. Meanwhile Carrie can be seen getting taken by police and hospitalized once again. Based on Saul's apology to her at the end of the trailer, it seems like he had something to do with her being taken in against her will. "Homeland" producer Howard Gordon recently told Zap2it that their relationship is as important this season... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/homeland-season-3-trailer-shows-brody-and-carries-different-journeys.html

Fox 21's Bert Salke Reveals What's Next for 'Homeland' (Q&A)

The cable studio president talks to THR about his three dream writers, the reason he'll one day be fired, and what it's like to compete with his wife, NBC's Jennifer Salke.        http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/9H7NYSiUkwI/story01.htm

Writers for ‘The Bridge’ and ‘Homeland’ on Characters with Disorders

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, writers from "The Bridge" and "Homeland talked about characters with Asperger's syndrome and bipolar disorder. Read More...     http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/07/31/writers-for-the-bridge-and-homeland-on-characters-with-disorders/?mod=WSJBlog

Homeland Season 3 Scoop: On the Lam, Off Her Meds

The cast and crew of Homeland descended on Beverly Hills yesterday for the Television Critics Association summer press tour, revealing a number of intriguing scoops and tidbits regarding Season 3 . It premieres on September 29, but scroll down now to whet your appetite for one of the best dramas on television with a handful of spoilers... e. http://www.tvfanatic.com/2013/07/homeland-season-3-scoop-on-the-lam-off-her-meds/
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