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Homeland, Season 4, Episode 11, “Krieg Nicht Lieb”
Directed by Clark Johnson
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on Showtime
I don’t think we can ever win with Homeland, and we need to accept that. There will always be a frustrating polarity present, because it has always been there and it seems content to stay there. The series gives in to its best and worst tendencies on a weekly basis, thrilling in one scene with refreshing ease and then backpedalling in the next. It is a careful mediation on modern war, but it is also the 24-esque twisty action show. Sometimes, that binary opposition is entertaining and even beneficial, but other times—like this episode—it just feels disappointing.
“Krieg Nicht Lieb” translates, roughly, to “War Not Love”, which is a fairly appropriate title. Most of the episode is spent watching Carrie trying to find then reign in Quinn, »
- Jake Pitre
Homeland remains a shadow of the intriguing, thought-provoking television series it used to be. However, its nimble plot turns, crackling suspense and engaging performances are of a caliber so high that any series on television would pant to keep up with all of its twisty maneuvers. Let’s face it: the 24 comparisons this fourth season has received should no longer be a put-down.
It was bizarre to see Aayan’s face appear in the “Previously On” segment this week. It has only been a month since Haqqani executed him in front of hovering U.S. drones, yet the series has delivered so much numbing excitement and bravura plot developments since that one could believe Aayan was a relic from a previous season. However, his face becomes quite pertinent to “Krieg Nicht Lieb,” an episode whose title translates literally to “War, not love.”
The ‘war’ of the title seems to be the mindset of Peter Quinn, »
- Jordan Adler
The agony of defeat permeates the penultimate episode of “Homeland’s” fourth season.
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen “Homeland” episode 11, “Krieg Nicht Lieb.”
In another very tense installment of the Fall of Islamabad, it’s hard to decide what was more heartbreaking: Hearing Carrie Mathison say the words “We lost” or watching her try to stroke her baby daughter’s cheek through her computer screen.
“Krieg Nicht Lieb” (which loosely translates to “war not love”) was a fast-moving mix of razor-sharp suspense and softer emotional moments, directed by Clark Johnson from a script by exec producers Chip Johannessen and Alexander Cary that had the briefest bits of black comedy at perfect moments. Even rogue commando assassins aren’t immune from body odor after days of feverish plotting.
Nina Hoss has a great guest shot as Quinn’s German lover from the not-so-distant past. More than facilitating »
- Cynthia Littleton
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen “Redux,” episode seven of “Homeland’s” fourth season.
The hallucinatory scenes in the second half of the seg, after Claire Danes’ dogged CIA station chief Carrie Mathison is unknowingly drugged by Pakistani intelligence agents, required a lot of on-the-fly experimentation, Franklin said. The effort was guided by the clear vision laid out in a powerful script by “Homeland” exec producer Alexander Cary, Franklin said.
“We didn’t want it to get into the sci-fi/horror arena,” Franklin told Variety. “At the same time we did want it to be scary enough to her so that people would realize what she was going through. It was tough not to step over that line. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Homeland, Season 4, Episode 7, “Redux”
Written by Alexander Cary
Directed by Carl Franklin
Airs Sundays at 9pm on Showtime
There was a moment during this episode where I questioned whether or not I could continue watching this show. It came at the end, when the audience is treated to a surprise appearance by Damian Lewis. That’s right, Brody comes back briefly and though I knew better, it still seemed conceivable that he was actually there and not a figment of Carrie’s imagination. She had already thought the guy in the hospital was Quinn, but it still seemed plausible that Homeland would bring Brody back because it didn’t know what else to do and for the headlines it’d get on Monday morning (it’s getting those anyway, of course).
In these moments, I came to realize how jaded I’ve come to feel toward Homeland. Viewers know how the show works by now, »
- Jake Pitre
Long before Jack Bauer raced against the clock to save the country in “24,” and CIA operations officer Carrie Mathison ever met soldier-turned-terrorist Nicholas Brody in “Homeland,” writer-director Alex Gansa — who now has two primetime Emmys to his credit — was banging his head against the wall of his TriStar office, trying to come up with an idea, any idea, for a decent TV show.
What was your life like when you first appeared in Variety?
Howard (Gordon) and I had just come off “Beauty and the Beast,” and we had written a pilot for Witt Thomas, which we shot and was pretty much a disaster. We were very young — we were in our mid-20s — and it all just came to us too quickly at the beginning. We made all the routine mistakes you could possibly make. And so we were going to get back in the development game, hopefully having »
- Malina Saval
Homeland, Season 4, Episode 3, “Shalwar Kameez”
Written by Alexander Cary
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
Airs Sundays at 9pm on Showtime
Is Homeland a show about romance? Put another way, is romance central to what it is trying to say about war, intelligence, bureaucracy? After the end of the Carrie/Brody romance that was present through three seasons of the show, there were undoubtedly many that hoped the show would get back to basics with Brody’s departure. They looked forward to Carrie moving to Pakistan, letting her baby and its father fade into the past, taking control of her new station and hunting down bad guys. That stuff is happening, but we also seem as if we may be heading towards a Carrie/Quinn romance, and it’s unclear if that’s a good thing.
Not that we need to know right now, and not that it’s even clear »
- Jake Pitre
The executive producers of Homeland have opened up about Carrie's state of mind in the new season.
"Carrie is very stable in terms of her illness, but I think she's got a period of grieving to do and coming to terms with what happened at the end of last season," executive producer Alex Gansa said.
"That's identified by the child that she had. So the baby exists as a marker for her emotionally. But the place that she's in now is a place where you cannot have dependents, so she was forced to leave the child at home."
The producers also defended the fact that Carrie is still employed despite her previous misdemeanours and issues.
"Emotionally she »
Showtime will unveil its new-model “Homeland” with back-to-back episodes on Oct. 5.
The fourth season of the CIA thriller amounts to a reinvention of the show now that the central storyline of the past three seasons, the saga of Nicholas Brody, came to an end in the season three finale.
Season four has been shot in South Africa and features Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison running a CIA station in a Mideast hotspot. She is presumably also a new mother, having been very pregnant with Brody’s child at the end of season three.
Showtime will air the first two episodes of season four from 9-11 p.m. The new drama “The Affair” will move into the 10 p.m. spot on Oct. 12 — a week earlier than originally planned to draft off what Showtime hopes will be strong momentum for week two of “Homeland.”
“In the aftermath of ‘Homeland’s’ stunning finale last season, »
- Variety Staff
The event, touted as the first campaign of its kind in U.S. cinemas, ran Aug. 8-10 at the Regal Union Square movie theater in Manhattan. Select patrons were pulled aside, and using a green screen and near real-time editing were then inserted into the “Legends” trailer, which ran in ad-network Ncm’s FirstLook preshow program in the movies they were going to see.
The promotion ran in PG-13 and R-rated movies over the weekend at the theater from about 3:30 p.m. onward. TNT and Ncm picked the Union Square theater because it’s a high-traffic location — an estimated 20,000 people saw the “virtual extras” trailers — and was showing big summer movies including “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Guardians of the Galaxy. »
- Todd Spangler
The new TNT thriller Legends stars Sean Bean as an elite FBI operative who is (perhaps too?) unparalleled in his ability to create, adopt and immerse himself in a false persona. As such, the series can’t possibly add to the actor’s renowned number of on-screen deaths… right?
Legends costars Ali Larter (Heroes), Morris Chestnut (V) and Tina Majorino (Veronica Mars) — who play Bean’s colleague, adversary and colleague — weighed in on that topic during a visit to TVLine’s Comic-Con suite, where Majorino (exaggerating for »
Which NCIS vet is getting an overdue origin story? Is Arrow‘s newcomer keeping secrets? Which Dexter alum is heading to Criminal Minds? Will a Castle quasi-couple finally get their due? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Any new info on Arrow’s Ray Palmer would be appreciated! –Rida
Hmm, I do like to be appreciated. Playing the Arrow newcomer, onetime Superman Brandon Routh is (like onetime Lois Lane Teri Hatcher) “spectacular,” Ep Marc Guggenheim tells TVLine. “He has exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. And what’s fun about the way Brandon interacts with »
Comic-Con 2014 is officially in full swing, and below you'll find the first of Digital Spy's daily schedules, giving you the low-down on exactly what's happening where and when in San Diego today.
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Thursday, July 24
24 (10am, Ballroom 20)
Hasbro: Transformers (11am, Room 25Abc)
Under the Dome (11.15am, Ballroom 20)
DreamWorks Animation Panel (11.30am, Hall H)
"The criticism hurt, the lack of an Emmy nomination hurt, but we're going to come back strong and try to get back to the mountaintop." This was "Homeland" co-creator Alex Gansa, appearing with his fellow writers Alexander Cary and Meredith Stiehm at a press tour panel designed to preview the Showtime drama's fourth season (which debuts October 5), but that spent a lot of time revisiting a lot of the complaints about season 3. Gansa tried to steer into that particular skid by opening the panel with a joke about how the series will have to move on without a character whom viewers loved to hate, or hated to love — only he was referring not to Nicholas Brody, but Dana Brody. (He later said that it wasn't likely the Brody family would appear this season.) But he, Cary and Stiehm spent much of the panel politely but firmly disagreeing with various season 3 criticisms. »
- Alan Sepinwall
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
Comic-Con 2014 is almost upon us, and the networks have just started announcing which of their shows will be lucky enough to be heading to San Diego this year.
After three wickedly successful seasons, the cast of American Horror Story (Coven and Freak Show) will be making their Comic-Con debut. Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and newcomer Michael Chiklis will be joined by executive producer Tim Minear in Room 6De on Saturday, July 26 from 7-8 Pm for a recap of last season and an exclusive sneak peek at Freak Show.
Showtime has also announced that their new hit series, Penny Dreadful, will be making its first appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24 in Ballroom 20 for a one-hour session scheduled for 6 Pm. The panel will include stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway, along with creator/writer/executive producer John Logan. In addition, Showtime and Penny Dreadful »
- Lindsay Sperling
It wasn’t that long ago that the Big Four networks put out the Gone Fishin’ sign at season’s end, filling summer with reruns of their comedies and dramas.
But in the DVR era, people have largely stopped watching repeats — of both current network shows and off-net syndicated series on cable — and networks of all stripes have stepped up their output of originals to keep ratings from tumbling.
If 40 is the new 30, and orange can be the new black, why can’t summer be the new September? It certainly feels like it, because there will be a smorgasbord of scripted series rolling out the next couple of months.
A Variety analysis of summer schedules found that in the two-month period from May 20 to July 20, an unprecedented 29 scripted series are premiering across a total of 14 broadcast and cable networks — comparable to the 27 scripted series that bowed (mostly on the broadcast »
- Rick Kissell
“In Treatment’s” Laila Robins will be a series regular in the upcoming season, playing Martha Boyd, the type A United States ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Meanwhile, Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) will guest star as Sandy Bachman, the CIA chief of station in Pakistan and a rising star in the agency’s firmament.
The fourth season of “Homeland” bows this fall. Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, it will find Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East. Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Nazanin Boniadi will also return.
- Whitney Friedlander
TNT has just revealed the below key art for the first season of their upcoming series, "Legends," set to premiere Wednesday, August 13, at 9 p.m. (Et/Pt). The suspenseful new drama follows an undercover agent, who is plunged into a terrifying mystery over his own identity. "Legends" stars Screen Actors Guild Award winner Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones," The Lord of the Rings). Based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, "Legends" is being produced by Fox 21, with Howard Gordon "Homeland," "24"), Alexander Cary ("Homeland," "Lie to Me") and Jonathan Levin ("Charmed"), Brad Turner ("24") and showrunner David Wilcox ("Fringe") serving as executive producers. »
Atx has announced that it will open this year's festival with the world premiere of TNT's upcoming drama, "Legends." Based on Robert Littell's novel of the same name, "Legends" centers on Martin Odum, a talented deep cover FBI agent who begins to question his identity following an encounter with a mysterious stranger. Odum is played by "Game of Thrones" alum Sean Bean. Ali Larter co-stars as Crystal Quest, a deep cover agent who has a history with Odum."Legends" is being helmed by an impressive roster of writers and producers including "Homeland" executive producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary and frequent "24" director Brad Turner.Atx will take place in Austin, TX June 5-8. "Legends" will premiere on TNT Wednesday August 13th at 9pm.
- Shipra Gupta
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