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Homeland: Time to Get Back to the Good Stuff

I sometimes joke that thrillers always end when things are getting really interesting: the psychotic ex or corrupt cop or serial killer has just been killed, probably in a struggle in a dark house during a thunderstorm, and now the surviving heroes are sitting on the front stoop hugging each other tearfully as the police cars roll up. But what happens after that? Sometimes I wonder. How, exactly, do you explain the corpse in the bathtub or on the basement floor to law enforcement's satisfaction? Do you tell the whole story, or leave certain parts out? Do all the participants in the big climax get their stories straight and keep them straight, or does one of them break ranks and throw another one under the proverbial bus?  Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2013/09/tv-review-homeland-season-3-premiere.html

'Homeland' Season 3 premiere spoilers: Saul's betrayal, and Carrie's new tryst

"Homeland's" Season 3 premiere is only days away and, unless you're one of the many who already downloaded it, chances are you're pretty excited to see where this new season picks up. Fortunately for those of you still in the dark, Zap2it has had a chance to preview "Tin Man Is Down" to give you all a taste of what is to come. Here are some spoilers from the upcoming Season 3 premiere. Two months have passed, but the attack on Langley still has a big presence. As Dar Adal notes to Saul, the government is taking an incredibly long time to repair the damaged CIA facility. Part of that is because the CIA looks really bad after the attack on their home base, and it's up to Saul to rebuild the organization's reputation. Saul and Carrie's relationship has changed. Previous seasons have shown that the pair has grown comfortable in its mentor/mentee relationship. Well,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/homeland-season-3-premiere-spoilers-sauls-betrayal-and-carries-new-tryst.html

Homeland Season 3 Premiere 2013 “Tin Man Is Down”

Homeland  “Tin Man Is Down” Season 3 episode 1 airs Sunday September 29, 2013 at 10pm et/pt Episode Synopsis : “Tin Man Is Down” – Season 3 premiere. Brody remains at large. Saul plots a counterstrike. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2013/09/29/homeland-season-3-premiere-2013-tin-man-is-down/

'Homeland': Showtime to marathon Season 2 before Season 3 premiere

Behind on "Homeland"? Have no fear, Showtime subscribers, because the network is marathoning Season 2 before this weekend's premiere of Season 3. Showtime is airing all 12 episodes of "Homeland" Season 2 back-to-back starting at 12 p.m. ET on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Then the Season 3 premiere of "Homeland" takes place on Sept. 29 at 29 p.m. ET. In "Homeland's" Season 3 opener, fans will see the relationship between Saul and Carrie change dramatically. Their friendship has been strained more than once, but never quite like this. "It's a game-changer, but I will see that the ramifications of what you've seen definitely play out downstream," co-showrunner Howard Gordon told Zap2it at the Summer TCA Press Tour. "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 tested, are broken, are... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/homeland-showtime-to-marathon-season-2-before-season-3-premiere.html

Homeland Season 3: Showrunner Alex Gansa on Love and the Brody Problem

  When Homeland returns Sunday (at 9 p.m. on Showtime), everyone and everything will have been displaced.   The CIA is in post-bombing shambles, Carrie and Saul are at odds, and Brody is not even in the first two episodes of the new season. What does it all mean for the espionage drama as we knew it? Vulture spoke to series showrunner Alex Gansa — who took care to steer clear of major spoilers — about how the dynamics have shifted and what Brody stories are left to tell.  Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2013/09/homeland-showrunner-alex-gansa-talks-season-3.html

'Homeland' Season 3 pictures: Sneak peek at first three episodes

Showtime has revealed a batch of images from the first three episodes of "Homeland" Season 3. There's a good reason the new pictures only show one shot of Damian Lewis' Nicholas Brody: he isn't in the first two episodes, which are "Tin Man Is Down" and "Uh ... Oh ... Ah ..." Instead, his storyline picks up in episode 3, "Tower of David," and it looks like he remains on the run after leaving the United States at the end of Season 2. "Homeland" Season 3 begins in the aftermath of the attack on Langley, with Carrie covering for Brody and Saul entering into a new position of power. Meanwhile the Brody family seeks to deal with the loss of Nick in their lives. The new season premieres on Showtime on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET. Check out all the new Season 3 images here.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/homeland-season-3-pictures-sneak-peek-at-first-three-episodes.html

'Homeland' Relocates Production From Israel Over Syria War Fears

The filming of some scenes for the third season that were planned to take place in Israel is now moved to Morocco amidst talks of a potential U.S. military strike on Syria.  Read More... http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00064245.html

The SideReel Center for Breaking Bad Rehabilitation

Breaking the Habit You can feel the first pangs of withdrawal starting.  After all, you've had a relationship with Breaking Bad   for 5 years, and now they just expect you to quit cold turkey?  Don't they know that's not how the  meth  critically-acclaimed cable drama game goes? Turns out that's exactly how it goes. Sure, there's that  Better Call Saul  spinoff happening, but it's just not the same,  so before you go all  Trainspotting , we've put together a list of suggestions of shows that will ease the harsh comedown . They're all excellent dramas and any one of them should bind to the correct receptors in your brain — and think of all the time you'll have now on Sundays to devote to them! Turns out quitting has its perks.   Luther  S1E1 : Episode 1 If there's one thing Walter White could always do on  Breaking Bad , it was compartmentalize. Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (portrayed by the always-brilliant Idris Elba) is not quite as able. His work not only comes home with him, it consumes him. Unable to arrest Alice Morgan, a genius-level psychotic, for the murder of her parents, he ends up drawn to her in an intimate way, consumed by his quest to put logic to sociopathy.   Rescue Me  S1E1 : Guts Talk about an antihero. Dennis Leary's Tommy Gavin, a veteran New York City fireman and 9/11 survivor, is a self-destructive alcoholic with anger management issues. Not only that, but all of Gavin's friends and family are problem-laden as he is, which, over the course of 7 seasons, leads to a lot of heartbreak, violence, and despair. Sounds like a really fun time, I know, but  Rescue Me  was far from a run-of-the-mill cable drama — it was the first show that truly took       the post-Giuliani New York ethos to its logical (if extreme) conclusion.   Sons of Anarchy  S1E1 : Pilot It's not all sunshine and daisies in Charming. This (fictional) Northern California town is home to the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, a tortured — and occasionally torturous — motorcycle gang that really, truly tries to live by a moral code. Keeping drugs out of your town = good; using violence and intimidation to do so = effective, albeit maybe-kind-of-sort-of unethical?  Sons of Anarchy  is practically a Greek tragedy in scope, so don't get too attached to anyone.   The Fall  S1E1 : Episode 1 Like   Luther  above,  The Fall  is a British import in which a devoted cop tries to get inside the head of PURE EVIL. You might think I'm joking, but in this case, the serial killer has reached Buffalo Bill levels of depravity while playing the devoted husband and father at home. Gillian Anderson trots out her British accent (which she comes by honestly, having spent part of her childhood in England) as a detective who sees herself in the murdered young, professional women.   Boardwalk Empire  S1E1 : Pilot It's always a nice thing when character actors get a chance to star, and the cast of  Boardwalk Empire , HBO 's visually arresting Prohibition-set drama, is made up entirely of character actors. Taking a look at gang activity and political corruption in 1920s and '30s Atlantic City, New Jersey, this Steve Buscemi vehicle doesn't skimp on the sex, violence, and all-around crazy evilness that comes with prolonged exposure to the Jersey Shore.*   Homeland  S1E1 : Pilot All is fair in love and war... and psychiatric disorders and brainwashing and terrorism, according to Showtime 's Homeland , an adaptation of the Israeli series Prisoners of War . Claire Danes' CIA agent Carrie Matheson is on a mission to prove that the recently returned POW Nicholas Brody has been turned by the terrorist group that captured him. Complicating this is her battle with bipolar disorder, and the fact that, uh, [Spoiler Alert]  she bangs him. Basically, everyone on this     show could be the unreliable narrator of a Dostoevsky novel, and it's pretty damn glorious.   Homicide: Life on the Street  S1E1 : Gone for Goode Alone on this list in both provenenance (an American broadcast TV drama) and age (it debuted in 1993), Baltimore-set  Homicide: Life on the Street was the precursor to The Wire . Following the personal and professional lives of the detectives of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Division and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, the series was one of the first to really take a look at the complex motivations that drive street crime in a large, decaying city, and frankly, every                subtly layered, morally muddled crime drama owes this forerunner a huge debt.   The Sopranos  S1E1 : The Sopranos This mob drama (set in North Jersey, of course*), one of the defining shows of the 2000s, started out with crime boss Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini) in therapy to deal with panic issues related to, well, being in the mafia. The 7-season run showed the tribulations of both of Tony's families, and was arguably the first television drama to accurately display classic existentialist angst  — a trait exemplified by its polarizing series finale. *I would apologize for the Jersey jokes, but I grew up there, so I'm entitled.   Now, if you've seen ALL of these, then please, take a break (and maybe get a drink) and go watch some  comedies . For real.   Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on Twitter .

'Homeland' Season 3: Damian Lewis on Brody's lesser presence

It's no secret that fans of "Homeland" won't see Damian Lewis as Brody in Season 3's first two episodes. The biggest question about his character is not when viewers will see the troubled former Congressman next, but where he'll be. Trailers for Season 3 show him on the run in climates much different from the forests of Canada where Carrie Mathison dropped him off, and his journey looks like it will be more difficult in Season 3 than it ever was before. In a new preview video for "Homeland," Lewis discusses Brody's storylines in the show so far and also teases where they're heading. According to him, audiences will see a whole new incarnation of Nick Brody in Season 3. "You won't see Brody as a Congressman this year, you won't see him as a marine," he says. "There are many twists and turns. You don't know who to trust. Nobody can be considered... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/homeland-season-3-damian-lewis-on-brodys-lesser-presence.html

'Homeland' Season 3: Five Spoilers You Need To Know

Fans are eagerly waiting for the next riveting season of "Homeland" on Showtime, which will focus on the aftermath of the terror attack at Langley and prompt a massive manhunt for Nick Brody (Damia... http://www.starpulse.com/news/Noelle_Talmon/2013/09/06/homeland_season_3_five_spoilers_you_ne?ref_src=news_rss