Showtime Just Renewed Two of its Best Dramas for 2016

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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“Homeland” has come a long way since its early days as a cat-and-mouse psychodrama between Carrie Mathison, Clare Danes’s erratic C.I.A operative, and Sgt. The two shows are the top-rated scripted series on premium television in this, 2015’s fourth quarter. “Homeland” Season 5 stars Claire Danes, Rupert Friend and Mandy Patinkin. “The Affair” Season 2 stars Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson. Homeland has two episodes left in its current Season 5, one that currently has Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) racing to stop a terrorist attack in Berlin.

The pickups were expected, as the dramas rank as the top two highest-rated premium cable series for this quarter, in addition to bringing much critical acclaim and award recognition to Showtime. Paired together on Sunday nights, both “Homeland” and “Affair” opened stronger this fall than their respective previous seasons and have held steady through their current runs.

Both shows are considered favorites going to award season — and if predictions stand, it would not be unexpected to hear their names during Thursday morning’s Golden Globe nominations. A special 70-minute edition of The Affair will follow at 10 p.m., which promises to answer plenty of long-held fan questions—including who killed Scotty Lockhart. Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, “Homeland” was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series “Prisoners of War” by Gideon Raff. Though it was shut out today with the SAG Award nominees, breakout drama, “The Affair” was awarded with two Golden Globes shortly after its series debut in 2014 with Dominic West nominated for best actor, Ruth Wilson winning best actress and the show walking away with the best drama trophy. “Homeland,” which has won a slew of Emmys and awards across the board since its 2011 debut, performed well this morning with an outstanding drama series SAG nomination, plus an outstanding female actor nod for award-maven Claire Danes. Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for Season 5 are Alexander Cary, Chip Johannessen, Lesli Linka Glatter, Meredith Stiehm, Avi Nir, Ran Telem, Gideon Raff and Patrick Harbinson.

Writer/producer Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi created “The Affair.” Treem serves as executive producer, along with Levi, Anya Epstein and director Jeffrey Reiner. Gansa was a writer and producer on series ranging from “24” to “Dawson’s Creek.” He was also one of many acclaimed TV creators who came through the “X-Files” shop in the 1990s (see also: Vince Gilligan, Frank Spotnitz, et. al).

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