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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Do It For Your Country

October 20th, 2014 8:22am EDT
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Previously - Quinn tried to leave the CIA but you don’t leave the CIA unless Carrie says you can leave the CIA. Fara and Max are working with Carrie to acquire Aayan as an asset. And Quinn is SSSSOOOOO in love with Carrie, It’s, like, totally obvious. Jenn saw him, like, STALKER-LEVEL staring at her in Trig. It was totally pathetic. He’s kinda cute, though, if you don’t mind the PTSD stare.

How far is too far when it comes to your country? Is there such a thing? It doesn't look like it for Carrie Mathison. She used her body in service to her cause this episode, and it didn't require clothe...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie Loves Herself

October 13th, 2014 11:16am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie
Previously - Having taken a position as the CIA station chief on the Afghanistan border, Carrie orders a missile strike on a Taliban target. Unfortunately, the target was attending a civilian wedding. Medical student Aayan survives the bombing and his smartphone video of the incident goes viral. Carrie and Quinn investigate the source of their bad intel - CIA station chief Sandy Bachman. Sandy is killed by an angry Pakistani mob, and it's later discovered he was trading intel for intel. A situation of which CIA director Lockhart was aware. Carrie blackmails him into installing her as Islama...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Mother Of The Year

October 6th, 2014 8:33am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Mother Of The Year
There’s some burning questions to answer about the season premiere of Homeland. Is Carrie blonde or brunette? Did Quinn have to show off his penis again? Did Dana finally tie her goddamn laces? I kid. The real question is - does it look like Homeland will survive without its co-anti hero, Sgt. Nicholas Brody? Spoiler alert for last season - dude bounced around til’ death on the end of a bright red rope in the season finale. Answer? Well, I have a stomach ache after watching the two-episode mega premiere. That’s indicative of the show being in top form! Brody’s gone, but not forgotten. Carr...
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Weird Al Yankovic Parodies TV Theme Songs, Pushes 'Game Of Thrones' Writer George R.R. Martin To Write Faster

August 26th, 2014 7:23pm EDT
Weird Al Yankovic Parodies TV Theme Songs, Pushes 'Game Of Thron
There were few highlights to a rather uneventful and, frankly, boring 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony Monday night, but about halfway into the show, 'Weird Al' Yankovic took the stage for three-and-a-half minutes for a parody medley of the theme songs of hit shows "Mad Men," "Scandal," "Homeland," "Modern Family" and "Game of Thrones," the latter of which was the focus of the skit and co-starred Andy Samberg as the show's now deceased young king Joffrey Baratheon.

Dancers dressed in outfits the likes of the ones on the show surrounded the singer as he pleaded for writer George R.R. Martin to hur...
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'Homeland' Season 3 Finale Review: Redemption And Betrayal

December 16th, 2013 9:03am EST
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I'm not going to lie to you.  Although I'm a fan of Homeland, and although its season 3 finale was in some ways good television, there was little in the finale that I enjoyed.  Indeed, I found most of it infuriating.

I know that realism has its value but there is also something that should go beyond realism in great story telling. I don't mean fairytale happy endings.  I mean endings in which the triumph of the deserving at least has a fighting chance.

The one good thing about the ending of this season of Homeland was its redemption of Saul.  When he confirms that Akbari has indeed been a...
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'Homeland' Season 3 Episode 11 Review: 'The Loyalist'

December 9th, 2013 8:32am EST
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Homeland continues its improvement from earlier in the season, to the point where episode 3.11 was the best episode not only of this season, but in the three years of the series thus far.

The great strength of Brody as a character and therefore Homeland throughout has been that we can never tell exactly where Brody's ultimate loyalties reside - certainly not after the first season, when Brody decides not to set off the bomb out of love for his daughter not really his native country.  But we couldn't be sure of Brody all second season - until the end.   And in this season, it looked like Br...
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'Homeland' Season 3 Episode 10: Someone Has To Die

December 3rd, 2013 6:25am EST
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Another powerful, action-packed episode of Homeland - 3.10 - which has really hit its stride, as well it needed to finally do, with only two further episodes left this season.

The mission with Brody trying to infiltrate Iran was outstanding in all kinds of ways, including who dies at the end of the episode, and Brody's interaction with the team, which includes some first-class military repartee between Brody and various personnel.

The scene back home in the U.S. was good too, with Saul standing up to pressures to forsake the team when things start turning bad.  I'm still not getting or li...
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'Homeland' Review 3.9: Perfect Timing

November 25th, 2013 10:08am EST
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Well,  Homeland 3.9 was the episode we've been waiting for.  And, in an exquisite feat of perfect timing, the episode reveals and revolves around Saul's plan for the guy he turned and his role in Iran. Brody will assassinate this guy's superior, putting Saul's turned spy into one of the top three positions in Iran.  With Saul running him, Iran will at last be in position to abandon its aggressive stance and sit down with the U.S. and the rest of the world in peace.

Does this sound familiar?  It's almost precisely what has just been announced about Iran on other television screens - screens...
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'Homeland' 3.7: Revealing What We Already Knew

November 12th, 2013 8:18pm EST
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I'm still enjoying Homeland, but episode 3.7 was the one weakest this season, with a big reveal of what we already knew: Brody was not responsible for the bombing that took out the CIA.

I suppose this clears the boards, but it's not enough, especially with Brody MIA this season, with the exception of the one excellent, standalone episode.  Otherwise, Quinn is doing a good job, but other than his heroic action at the beginning of the season, he's fighting small potatoes battles.  And Dar continues to be intriguing - I still think he's working for Saul - but with no development at all of his...
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'Homeland' Review Season 3 Episode 6: Further Down The Rabbit Hole

November 4th, 2013 8:17am EST
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Well, another Homeland - 3.6 - in which pretty much everything goes from bad to worse for our major characters. This comes after last week's surprise that the Senator who was persecuting Carrie expects to be appointed head of the CIA - that is, not Saul.

We find that the repulsive Dar Adal seems to be cooperating with Senator Lockhart to Saul's detriment.  It occurs to me that possibly, just possibly, Adal may be double-agenting Lockhart and actually working on Saul's behalf.  We do see the two of them talking.  But as is always the case with good double-agenting situations, we just can't ...
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'Homeland': Crazy Carrie's Got a Plan

October 24th, 2013 9:32am EDT
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Carrie’s not so crazy! Turns out her and Sal have had a plan all along. Carrie’s next objective is to find out more about this swanky lawyer who has Iranian contacts. In the end of the episode Carrie shows up at Sal’s place but we find out that they’ve been in contact all along and have this idea…like they always do. It’s Sal and Carrie against the world. Whatever happened to Abu Nazir?

Meanwhile, Dana runs off with her crazy boyfriend. He escapes from the asylum and runs into Dana’s awaiting car. Then they decide to sell Dana’s moms car and trade it in for an older beaten up Honda. Later,...
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Showtime Renews 'Homeland' & 'Masters Of Sex'

October 23rd, 2013 6:23pm EDT
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Showtime has greenlit new seasons of "Homeland" and "Masters of Sex." The spy thriller, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, is getting a fourth season, while new series "Masters of Sex" will return for a second season, the network announced on Tuesday.

Both programs will return in 2014 with 12 episodes each.

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said in a statement: "Homeland continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television's most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows. It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons."

"The...
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'Homeland' Recap 3.4: A Brilliant Twist!

October 21st, 2013 9:11am EDT
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Well, Homeland 3.4 checked in with its best episode of the season so far, and a brilliant twist that was at once unforeseen yet in introspect felt instantly plausible and confirming of all that we knew in our hearts all along.

Fans have been chafing under Saul's cruel behavior to Carrie - I couldn't quite believe that he'd desert Carrie like that, and have her institutionalized, but Dar Adal made it just about believable.  We even see Adal at the peripheries of Carrie's release hearing - Carrie does too - and her release being denied thus makes infuriating sense.

We can thus pretty much b...
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'Homeland' Review 3.3: Two Prisons

October 14th, 2013 8:25am EDT
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A strong episode 3.3 of Homeland tonight, perfectly balanced in the misery Brody and Carrie are enduring, in two separate prisons.

Brody is back, yes, but not in very good shape.  He's "rescued" by some people in Venezuela, whose leader has some loyalty to Carrie.   But his rescue turns out to be a prison, because his rescuer doesn't want him to leave.   Along the way, Brody learns the hard way that he can't rely on Muslims to help him, even if he speaks the language.  There's a young woman who is liking him, but she's the rescuer's daughter.  And there's a doctor who's also stuck in the u...
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Fall 2013 TV Report (So Far)

October 5th, 2013 2:06pm EDT
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Here’s how the Fall TV season has been shaping up.

Sunday:

ABC doesn’t have a lot to celebrate about. Once Upon A Time and Revenge are both down season-to-season, yet up from last season’s finales. So, really, you could say they are even for the night. Their new drama, Betrayal, however is a disappointment. Low ratings. Does ABC have anything ready to replace Betrayal though? They’re already definitely going to cancel the much lower rated Lucky 7 (an almost certainty), can they afford to axe two shows?

CBS has a nice strong lineup of returning shows, all performing well. FOX’s shows are ...
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'Homeland' 3.2: Sneak Preview Review

October 2nd, 2013 4:24pm EDT
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Just saw Homeland 3.2, to be aired this Sunday, courtesy of a screener provided by Showtime. Herewith a review, with some spoilers.

The main theme, as far as the central story goes, is Saul's continuing lack of support aka betrayal of Carrie. Saul insists to everyone who questions him about this - Carrie's family and Quinn - that he has something bigger in mind, and he's doing this to protect Carrie.

But it's hard to see how that would work. Carrie's being locked up against her will, prevented from pursuing her drug-free approach which seemed to be working, doesn't ring true as a way of h...
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'Homeland' Returns With Lots Of Action And Surprises

September 30th, 2013 9:45am EDT
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I just watched the first episode of the new season - #3 - of Homeland, courtesy of a screener from Showtime. Here is a review, with some spoilers.

The action starts some two months after the deadly attack that took out the CIA and 219 people, including Counterterrorism Director David Estes. He's been replaced by Saul - which might seem like a good thing, because he has implicit faith in Carrie, and is smarter than Estes. In fact, Saul's the smartest non-bipolar thinker on the show.  But he's subject to incredible pressure when he makes decisions, even though he strives mightily to do the r...
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'Homeland' Returns: Season 3, 'Simpsons' Parody, Blu-Ray

September 29th, 2013 12:14pm EDT
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This is a huge week if you're a Homeland fan. Not only does Season 3 launch tonight, but The Simpsons kicks off its 25th season with a parody of the hit Showtime series, and Season 2 has already arrived on Blu-Ray in spectacular form.

Season 3 resumes the action two months after Season 2's attack on Langley, with the CIA simultaneously targeting the responsible parties and still searching for the fugitive Brody (Damian Lewis). Saul (Mandy Patinkin), as the acting director of the Agency, finds himself in hot water when a Senate investigation into CIA practices is launched. And Carrie (Clair...
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2013 Emmy Awards Predictions: Who Are The Favorites To Win?

September 20th, 2013 8:48pm EDT
2013 Emmy Awards Predictions
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It’s been a while since we’ve had such a wild card Emmy season. Last year, Homeland was all but a lock in each of its major categories, but after a shaky second season, some strong competition from other long-running shows, and a buzzworthy new Netflix series, things are really up in the air pretty much all over the place. Still, I’ll do my best to make some predictions in the big categories. Just remember: This year, pretty much anything goes.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men

While I’d love to see Game of Thrones’ confident t...
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'Homeland' Season 3: Five Spoilers You Need To Know

September 6th, 2013 3:39pm EDT
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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 (Damian Lewis).

According to the network, "As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts."

Spoiler #1: At the start of season three, Carrie and Saul will be on trial, testifying for th...
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Emmy Nominations: 'American Horror Story' Gets 17 Noms, Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Also Dominates

July 18th, 2013 10:01am EDT
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After picking up nine nominations, Kevin Spacey's Netflix series "House Of Cards" will be a big contender at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. The political thriller was recognized in the Outstanding Drama Series category and picked up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It received a total of nine nominations.

The Netflix series will be facing stiff competition from last year's big winners "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" as well as "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."

In the lead actor category, Spacey will face off against "Homeland's" Damian Lew...
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'Homeland' Executive Producer Henry Bromell Dies At 65

March 19th, 2013 5:38pm EDT
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Homeland writer/producer Henry Bromell has died after suffering a heart attack.

The TV veteran passed away on Monday at the age of 65, according to Deadline.com.

A statement from studio executives at Twentieth Century Fox TV, which produces the Emmy Award-winning series, reads, "We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years. He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on Homeland. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children."

Bromell graduated from the prestigious Amh...
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Sexy 'Homeland' Star Morena Baccarin Sizzles In The March Issue of British GQ

February 10th, 2013 11:51am EST
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Homeland star Morena Baccarin sizzles in a new photoshoot for British GQ magazine.

The 33-year-old Brazilian, who stars as Nicholas Brody's (Damian Lewis) wife on Showtime's hit drama, isn't sure if her character will be returning in late September for the show's highly anticipated third season.

"I don't know! I've asked and harassed but I haven't gotten any information," she tells British GQ. "But I don't think anyone is safe."

Baccarin played the leader of the alien species that came to Earth in NBC's brief re-hash of 80s sci-fi TV miniseries V in 2009; and she also starred in the...
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Movie Premieres Cancelled, TV Shows Pulled Due To Connecticut School Massacre

December 17th, 2012 10:04am EST
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Hours before the red carpet event on Saturday, Fox movie executives decided to cancel the Los Angeles premiere of Billy Crystal and Bette Midler's new comedy "Parental Guidance" out of respect for the victims of the Newtown, CT, elementary school shooting that resulted in 26 deaths on Friday morning.

Fox issued the following statement: "In light of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut we are canceling the red carpet press event and the after party for the Parental Guidance premiere, scheduled today in downtown Los Angeles. The hearts of all involved with this film go out to the vic...
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'Homeland' Review: Season 2, Episode 11

December 11th, 2012 9:43am EST
Considering it was the second-to-last episode of the season, last night’s episode of Homeland (“The Motherfucker with a Turban”) was barely enough to get viewers’ blood pumping let alone get them excited for the season finale next Sunday. More of a “filler” episode than anything else, “Turban” felt like a midseason brush off with little real suspense or drama. On a side note, last night’s episode of Dexter was incredible and is exactly how Homeland should have done it.

The opening scene was possibly the biggest let down of the night. Last week’s episode ended with Carrie walking into a pi...
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'Homeland' Review: 'Two Hats' (Season 2, Episode 9)

November 26th, 2012 1:45pm EST
Forget everything I said last week about Homeland. I was wrong and I take it back. Actually, I still stand by what I said, but this week the writers have redeemed themselves with “Two Hats.” I honestly have no idea where the showrunners plan to take the rest of the season, but with only three episodes left, they have certainly set it up to be quite explosive (pun intended).

So, we left off after last week’s frustratingly unrealistic episode with Carrie watching as Roya essentially kidnaps Brody and takes him away in a helicopter. As this week’s episode opens, we catch up with Carrie, Pete...
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'Homeland' Review: 'I'll Fly Away' (Season 2, Episode 8)

November 19th, 2012 11:44am EST
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This season of Homeland has really pushed the boundaries of believability, sometimes veering into directions that are downright ridiculous. But, as with any series, loyal fans will forgive the writers when they ask their audience to suspend disbelief so completely that all sense of realism is ignored. In the season’s first episode, we knew it was absurd to think the CIA would send an ex-agent who suffered a mental breakdown less than a year earlier back into the field because of one potential contact. We all smiled and nodded when Carrie was allowed to have contact with Brody again, even th...
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Anne Hathaway Parodies Katie Holmes, Claire Danes From 'Homeland' On SNL (Video)

November 11th, 2012 10:08am EST
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Last night in a skit for "Saturday Night Live" Anne Hathaway donned a blonde wig to parody "Homeland" star Claire Danes. She also resurrected her Katie Holmes impression.

During her third stint as SNL host, Hathaway portrayed Danes in her award-winning portrayal of bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison. Hathaway feigned a tearful meltdown and a kiss with a detainee in an interview room in a parody of the popular Showtime drama before poking fun at newly single Holmes.

Hathaway first targeted Holmes during her first SNL hosting gig, and she did it again with a spoof interview on "The Ellen DeG...
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'Homeland' Review: 'A Gettysburg Address' (Season 2, Episode 6)

November 5th, 2012 4:26pm EST
Since it premiered in the Fall of 2011, Homeland has unleashed episode after episode of heart-stopping and sweat-inducing action. The writers are brilliantly adept at misleading viewers and reversing plot directions midseason to avoid possible monotony or repetition. Last night’s episode, though, was a rare misfire in the show’s brief history. “A Gettysburg Address” is a typical “filler episode” which is commonplace for most other series. Homeland, however, has managed to avoid these necessary-but-boring expository installments until now. The episode has very little action and only serves t...
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'Homeland' Recap: Q&A (Season 2, Episode 5)

October 29th, 2012 11:27am EDT
There’s a reason Homeland is one of the best shows on television. Episodes like last night (entitled “Q&A”) remind viewers that the writers are not just thinking week-to-week; they have a much grander plan in mind, one that will continue to surprise viewers throughout each season. Last week’s episode ended with Carrie revealing to Brody that the CIA knows about the video confession he made before his attempted suicide bombing. He was then swiftly taken into custody with the knowledge that his real motives had been discovered. A suspenseful cliffhanger of an ending, but where could the serie...
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