HOMELAND Recap: “Iron in the Fire”

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In “Iron in the Fire,” Homeland expanded on the conspiracy surrounding Sandy Bachman’s death, and brought it all back to Homeland‘s central theme of trust.  As Carrie builds her team in Islamabad, she also wrestles with the CIA operatives already in place there; though as she quickly discovers, she needs their help, too. (Although it isn’t, of course, that simple).  Homeland also snuffed out some of its own fire by revealing the identity of the confidential informant, but did so in a way that shows that arc is far from over.  Hit the jump, because “what I need is your help, not your goddamn foot on the break.”

HOMELAND Recap: “Shalwar Kameez”

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In “Shalwar Kameez,” Homeland made a decision that I predict will be divisive within the fandom.  There are always going to be messy personal relationships on Homeland — it’s part of what makes the show compelling — but the direction “Shalwar Kameez” started to take some of them is potentially worrisome, because it harkens back to one of the weakest aspects of the series from the past two years.  Hit the jump for why “once a scalp hunter, always a scalp hunter.”

HOMELAND Season 4 Premiere Recap, Part 2: “Trylon and Perisphere”

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The second hour of Homeland‘s new season didn’t let up at all from the powerhouse nature of its first.  It did, however, focus more on its characters, while also setting up the season-long arc (which is finding out who Sandy’s asset was, and unraveling that treasonous cluster).  One that that hasn’t changed since Season Three is the head of the CIA, Lockhart, being a total dickhead.  After the horrorshow in “The Drone Queen,” Lockhart recalled Carrie and wanted her grounded back in the U.S. as part of “accountability” (also known as scapegoating).  But nothing in Kabul could frighten Carrie as much as confronting her life back home.  Hit the jump for why “now, I fulfill freedom of information requests from conspiracy nuts in Ohio.”

HOMELAND Season 4 Premiere Recap, Part 1: “The Drone Queen”

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Everyone knows the story of Homeland‘s ups (its fantastic first season) and downs (the last two seasons), but its fourth season remained a big question mark.  “The Drone Queen,” the first of a two-episode premiere, should have assuaged any concerns.  The Brodys are gone – completelygone — and the show has found a way to totally revamp itself moving forward.  It may not capture the brilliant struggle of its inaugural season, but it may have just made a turn to being another kind of very compelling drama.  Hit the jump for more on Homeland 2.0.

Extended HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer Goes Deeper into the Upcoming Drama

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Showtime has released yet another new Homeland Season 4 trailer, making it at least the third look at the upcoming season after a “first look” trailer and a teaser trailer.  This time we get a bigger chunk of footage though, and it definitely looks more “broad” than in seasons past (or maybe that’s just the inane profanity bleeps peppered throughout the trailer).  I know I was growing tired of the Brody stuff, but now I wonder if I’m growing tired of the show’s histrionics in general?

Hit the jump to check out the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  The show stars Claire Danes, Corey Stoll, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with a two-hour season premiere on October 5th.

Watch Weird Al Yankovic Sing New Theme Songs for GAME OF THRONES, MAD MEN, SCANDAL, HOMELAND, and MODERN FAMILY at the Emmys

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With a traditional host like Seth Meyers at the helm, the 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony was steadily amusing but mostly unmemorable.  With that as the standard, it was a delightful treat when Weird Al Yankovic came out on stage to perform his version of the theme songs for Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Scandal, Homeland, and Modern Family.  Weird Al’s lyrics were appropriately silly and the jolt of musical energy was a breath of fresh air for the telecast.

Hit the jump to watch the Weird Al clip, plus Meyers’ introduction monologue, the “Billy on the Street” segment, and the audience questions bit.

Carrie Gets Back to Work in New HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer

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Showtime has released a new Homeland Season 4 trailer, giving fans another tease of what to expect when the drama series returns in October.  This trailer actually reveals less about the new season than the previous “first look” trailer, and it has a listlessness to it that likely mirrors Carrie’s (Claire Danes) state of mind when we pick back up with the character after the events of Season 3.  After driving through more story in three seasons than most shows do in their entire runs, it feels like Homeland has the opportunity to reboot a bit this year, and I’m curious to see where that takes Carrie, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), and whoever else remains.

Hit the jump to watch the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  This season also features Rupert Friend, Corey Stoll, and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with back-to-back episodes on October 5th.

Corey Stoll Talks THE STRAIN, Looking Forward to His Character’s Dynamic Arc, the Excitement of TV, HOMELAND, ANT-MAN, and More

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From filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, The Strain tells the story of an epic battle for survival between man and vampire.  When Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control in New York City, and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that is eerily similar to an ancient and evil strain of vampirism, they quickly realize that they are waging war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show also stars David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Kevin Durand, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown and Jack Kesy.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Corey Stoll talked about what attracted him to The Strain, why his character isn’t an anti-hero, the great dynamic between Eph and Setrakian (Bradley), what David Bradley and Kevin Durand bring to the show, how fortunate he feels not to be stereotyped, his experience shooting Season 4 of Homeland in South Africa, being a part of House of Cards, and how thrilled he is to be doing Marvel’s Ant-Man.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

HOMELAND Season 4 Premiere Date Set for October 5th with Back-to-Back Episodes; Amazon Pilot Images Revealed Ahead of August 28th Debut

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Some TV premiere news is at hand.  Firstly, Showtime has announced that the Homeland Season 4 premiere date has been set for October 5th at 9pm ET/PT, when the first two episodes of the season will air back-to-back.  Season 4 has been described as a reboot of sorts, as we will follow Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison on assignment in the Middle East.  Filmed entirely in South Africa, the new season also stars Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend, with Corey Stoll and Suraj Sharma booked as guest stars.  Additionally, Showtime’s new drama series The Affair starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson will debut on October 12th at 10pm ET/PT, a week earlier than initially planned.  The series explores two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair.

Hit the jump for news and images concerning new Amazon pilots from the likes of Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, and Whit Stillman starring Ron PerlmanAdam Brody, Mena Suvari, and more. 

Executive Producer Alex Gansa Talks HOMELAND, Critical Reaction to Season 3, Filming in South Africa, the Rebooted Nature of Season 4, and More

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When it premieres on October 5th, Season 4 of the Showtime drama series Homeland will be something of a reboot for the series, with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) back in the field in the Middle East and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) working as a private contractor.  While at the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producer/writer Alex Gansa talked about saying goodbye to one of the shows favorite characters, how much the criticism of the show hurt, why they’re filming this season in Cape Town, South Africa, Carrie’s grieving period, getting the chance to comment on what is happening in the world, the status of the Brody family, and how they would define the show’s identity in Season 4.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

First HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer: Carrie Shifts Her Focus to Pakistan

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Showtime has released the first Homeland season 4 trailer, offering a glimpse at how the drama series plans to continue after the events of the season 3 finale.  Homeland has always been a quick-to-evolve show, running through about three seasons worth of material in its first 12 episodes.  Though the quality of the subsequent episodes failed to match that blissful first run, showrunners Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have never been afraid to swing for the fences.  This debut trailer actually offers up a hefty amount of footage from season 4, promising that we’ll get to see Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison working extensively in Pakistan this time around.  The addition of Corey Stoll and Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma to the cast is encouraging too, so hopefully the significant story shift makes for some interesting new character dynamics.

Hit the jump to watch the Homeland season 4 trailer.  The series also stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, and Nazanin BoniadiHomeland season 4 premieres on Showtime Sunday, October 5th.

HOMELAND Season 4 to Film in South Africa

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Homeland is moving to Capetown, South Africa.  At least, that’s where season four will base its production from mid-June through November of this year.  The new season finds “Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror.”  Co-stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, and Nazanin Boniadi also return when the award-winning Showtime series returns this fall.  Hit the jump for more on the Homeland filming schedule for season four.

Showtime President David Nevins Talks PENNY DREADFUL, HOMELAND Season 4, THE AFFAIR, HAPPYISH, and Why They Didn’t Pickup THE VATICAN

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Showtime, Entertainment President David Nevins took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up.  During the interview, he talked about how far into production their new horror series Penny Dreadful (from screenwriter John Logan) is in Ireland, what viewers can expect from their newest series, The Affair (with Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Josh Jackson and Happyish (with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans), what fans can expect from Season 4 of Homeland, the criticism of Season 3, and what led to The Vatican not getting picked up.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

F. Murray Abraham Talks INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, What It Was Like Working for Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, and More

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Now playing in theaters is one of the best films of the year: Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis.  The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships.  Loaded with incredible performances, an all-star cast (featuring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John GoodmanGarrett HedlundF. Murray AbrahamAdam DriverStark Sands and Max Casella), and a fantastic soundtrack (put together by T-Bone Burnett), Inside Llewyn Davis should not be missed.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with F. Murray Abraham.  He talked about what it was like working for the Coen brothers, whether the script changed during shooting, how his process of getting ready for a role has changed during his career,  what it was like working for Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Returning TV Series of 2013

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In addition to a bevy of new and fantastic shows debuting in 2013, there were also plenty of trusted favorites to keep up with as well.  While BBC America and Sundance provided most of the best new content of the year, stalwart HBO dominates the list of returning programming.  Unlike the list of new series, the returning shows category features a few comedies, an acknowledgement that often it takes comedy series a little longer to get off the ground.  Bottom line, a good show is a good show regardless of format or genre.  Hit the jump for, in no particular order, the list of Top 10 Returning Series of 2013.

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