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The Us television hits of 2011, from Community to Revenge | Sarah Hughes

28 December 2011 12:52 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The new season was weak – but there was plenty of good stuff worth watching in 2011. Here's a pick of the 10 best

It's been a mixed year for Us television, with established hits stumbling (oh Glee, where did it all go wrong?) and one of the weakest new seasons in recent years (farewell, The Playboy Club, Charlie's Angels and Prime Suspect: you won't be missed).

But there were some nice surprises – Revenge provided a welcome return for the primetime soap, while Once Upon A Time demonstrated that Disney and ABC still understand a thing or two about family-centric Sunday night viewing, although I'm less convinced about ABC boss Paul Lee's belief that we're dying to watch men behaving sadly. (If you thought Man Up was bad, wait until Work It airs).

On the cable side, Boardwalk Empire ended the season on a high, Game of Thrones proved that people »

- Sarah Hughes

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Best in Blogs: Ron Paul’s Portfolio and Kim Jong Il’s Jumpsuits

21 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Associated Press Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas

How does Ron Paul invest his money? Why is Tony Bennett paying tribute to Amy Winehouse? And why is NewtGingrich.com going after the real Newt Gingrich? A look at the most interesting stories from the Wall Street Journal family of blogs.

How To Invest Like Ron Paul: Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul marches to his own drummer in politics – and in his investment portfolio, too. [Total Return]

Why the Rich Are ‘Unreliable Taxpayers. »

- Christopher John Farley

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TV Bits: ‘Bored to Death’ Cancelled, ‘Enlightened’ Renewed; Plus: ‘Shameless’, ‘Dexter’, ‘Homeland’, ‘Terra Nova’, and More

20 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Plenty of offices around the country have already begun winding down for the holidays, but apparently Showtime and HBO had a few things to get out of the way first. Meanwhile, Fox is still holding out on a decision on Terra Nova til the new year -- though the producers are apparently feeling optimistic. After the jump: HBO renews Enlightened, axes Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It in America Showtime drops a trailer for Shameless Season 2 Dexter showrunner Scott Buck talks about the finale's climactic moments Homeland exec producers discuss the tense first season finale Terra Nova producers are "guardedly optimistic" about the show's chances for a second season Though I couldn't be more excited about HBO's promising crop of upcoming series -- which includes Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow's Girls, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starrer Veep, Ricky Gervais' Life's Too Short, and Chris Lilley's »

- Angie Han

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‘Homeland’ Producers Spill a Few Secrets From the Second Season

20 December 2011 1:10 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Showtime A scene from Showtime’s “Homeland.”

Homeland” is about secrets, so it’s about time for the people behind the show to start spilling some.

The acclaimed series starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, and Mandy Patinkin wrapped up its first season this week with a finale that scored record ratings for Showtime. According to the cable network, the finale drew 1.71 million viewers at 10 p.m. and 2.03 million viewers for the night, making it the highest-rated finale for »

- Christopher John Farley

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Homeland, Ep 1.12: “Marine One” brings a brilliant season to a spectacular close

19 December 2011 12:43 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Homeland, Season 1, Episode 12: “Marine One”

Written by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Chip Johannessen

Directed by Michael Cuesta

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on Showtime

There are only two questions left over after the first season finale of Homeland. “Who is the mole?” and, “How can they hope to deliver a second season that lives up to this first one?” There’s no way to answer the first question, but considering many of us had been asking a variation on the second question all season long it seems the only answer is to trust the writers. They have earned that trust, and that couldn’t be clearer in light of the spectacular season finale.

The plot of the series didn’t advance in any huge ways, but it didn’t need to. Homeland has announced itself over and over again to be a show focused on its characters above the larger plot. »

- Corey Atad

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'Homeland' Ep Alex Gansa: No endgame in sight

19 December 2011 11:19 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

A day after "Homeland's" 90-minute season finale aired on Showtime, Zap2it talked to executive producer Alex Gansa about a lot of interesting stuff -- including the explosive (in some ways) season one climax, where the story is headed in season two (yes, they already know) and how he and fellow Ep Howard Gordon (both "24" alums) managed to keep a show about politically-charged issues like terrorism and shadowy government operations without getting partisan.

We liked the entire conversation so much, we've included it uncut below. We wish we could have talked longer, but Gansa was headed out the door to buy a tuxedo to wear to Jan 15's Golden Globes -- "Homeland" is nominated for three awards, including best drama series and best actor (Damian Lewis) and best actress (Claire Danes) in a drama series.

Read on to find out why Carrie isn't totally out of the game, why »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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‘Homeland’ Season 1 Finale Review

19 December 2011 7:12 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

 

When Showtime announced they would be starting the new series Homeland from 24 producer Howard Gordon, the feeling was this take on Us-based terrorism might borrow a little too heavily from the super heroics of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. Almost immediately after its premiere, however, Homeland revealed itself to be much more than a run-of-the-mill 24 clone, or anti-terrorism action program. In fact, over the course of its first season, Homeland has proven itself to be not only the best series on Showtime, but also one of the best dramas on television, period.

One of the unique aspects of the series lies in the way it explores the fragile lives and psyches of those tasked with preventing or committing an act of terrorism. All season long, the game of suspicion and betrayal between ...

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- Kevin Yeoman

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'Homeland' execs talk season two: 'We're going to change the tenor'

19 December 2011 6:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Homeland's exec producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon have described the Showtime drama's second season as having a change of "tenor", and claimed that Sunday night's finale signalled a significant change for Damian Lewis's character Nicholas Brody. Gansa said that the first season finale had taken Claire Danes's Carrie Mathison character "back to square one", telling TV Line viewers will be "waiting for the moment where she begins to resuspect Brody" during the show's second run. "Her logically going back and putting the pieces together is definitely going to be a part of season two," said Gansa. Speaking about the relationship between Mathison and Brody, he added: "Clearly there is now an established relationship between Carrie and Brody that is going to have to be resolved (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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'Homeland' finale interview: Behind that tense closer, season 2 plans

18 December 2011 8:37 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

[Warning: The following interview contains spoilers about Sunday night's first season finale of Homeland … read only if you have clearance]

Was that the most tense episode of television you’ve seen this year?

On paper, Showtime’s acclaimed Homeland gave us a happy ending for its first season finale. Carrie Mathison successfully prevented Nicholas Brody from unleashing a devastating suicide bomb attack against the vice president and senior White House officials.

Yet there was little about the 90-minute closer that actually felt cathartic. By pleading with Brody’s daughter to call her father, Carrie indirectly prevented the former Pow from blowing himself up inside a bunker packed with Washington officials — but Carrie doesn’t realize what she accomplished. In fact, »

- James Hibberd

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Homeland Season Finale Post-Mortem: Burning Questions Answered, Plus Scoop on Season 2

18 December 2011 8:30 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The following contains massive spoilers from Sunday’s season finale of Showtime’s Homeland. If you have yet to watch the shocking episode, get ‘er done and then return for the inside story on the why behind what happened, plus some scoop on Season 2.

Showtime’s Homeland wrapped up its thrilling, critically acclaimed freshman run on Sunday night by hitting the detonator on the Marine One terrorist plot – and with results as unexpected as the aftermath shown in the finale’s coda.

In short: While sniper Tom Walker secured a perch within the perimeter of Vice President Walden’s policy summit, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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'Homeland' - 'Marine One': Wait til your father gets home

18 December 2011 8:23 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Homeland" just wrapped up its outstanding debut season, and I have a review of the season finale coming up just as soon as we're all out of paper towels... "I'm coming home, Dana. I promise." -Brody In the intelligence game, as in many professions, there is what you know and what you can only guess at. When "Homeland" debuted, we knew that Claire Danes and Damian Lewis were both giving riveting lead performances (and that the supporting players weren't too shabby, either), that the cat-and-mouse game between Carrie and Brody was fascinating, that Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa had been able »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Golden Globes TV: Showrunners Of First-Time Best Series Nominees React

15 December 2011 5:04 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Golden Globes TV: ‘Homeland’, ‘New Girl’, ‘Enlightened’, ‘Boss’ & ‘Ahs’ Bring In Fresh Blood; Pay Cable Hot The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. went for an extreme makeover on the TV series side, snubbing a lot of long-time favorites for first-time nominees. Seven of the 10 best series nominees are freshman shows: dramas Homeland (Showtime), Boss (Starz), Game Of Thrones (HBO) and American Horror Story (FX) and comedies Enlightened (HBO), New Girl (Fox) and Episodes (Showtime). Five of them hail from pay cable where audience reach is limited. Earlier today, Deadline contributor Ray Richmond spoke with the showrunners of some of the first-time best series nominees, Mike White, Farhad Safinia, Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa, Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk and Liz Meriwether, about the nominations and their impact on the rookie shows: Mike White, creator of HBO’s Enlightened, nominated for best comedy series and best actress, Laura Dern: “Getting Golden Globe attention »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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2012 Writers Guild Award Nominations

8 December 2011 3:29 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

2012 Writers Guild Award Nominations

The 2012 Writers Guild Award nominations were announced yesterday and as with the Emmys cable led the drama categories. Previous nominees Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad and new series Homeland all racked up 3 nominations in the drama field. The Good Wife is the only network drama featuring in the Drama Series category, with Dexter getting the other slot and sadly Friday Night Lights missed out.

If you're wondering where Mad Men is; the field of eligibility for these awards runs from December, 1 2010 until November 30, 2011. This makes the Writers Guild Awards similar to the Golden Globes rather than the Emmys regarding the submission time frame. The last new episode of Mad Men aired in October 2010 so it can't be included; yes it has been more than a year since there was new episode of Mad Men.

Network fared much better in the comedy front with Emmy success Modern Family »

- emma fraser

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Writers Guild Awards Announce Their Nominees: Television, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation

7 December 2011 2:18 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2011 season. The winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Television Nominees

Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Bathsheba Doran, Dave Flebotte, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Itamar Moses, Margaret Nagle, Terence Winter; HBO

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO

The Good Wife, Written by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Meredith Averill, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Karen Hall, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Steve Lichtman, Matthew Montoya, Julia Wolfe; CBS

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, »

- Josh Abraham

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'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Breaking Bad' top WGA nominees

7 December 2011 10:50 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Writers behind such HBO dramas as Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones were nominated for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, announced today. Scribes for the AMC drama Breaking Bad also received multiple nods, as did NBC’s 30 Rock and ABC’s Modern Family.

Here is a partial list of nominees. Statues will be handed out Feb. 19 in Los Angeles and New York City.

Drama series

Boardwalk Empire, written by Bathsheba Doran, Dave Flebotte, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Itamar Moses, Margaret Nagle, Terence Winter

Breaking Bad, Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

Game of Thrones, »

- Lynette Rice

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Damian Lewis loves keeping viewers 'on the edge of their seats' in 'Homeland' [Video]

4 December 2011 2:41 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"You need to keep people on the edge of their seats; you need to keep twisting and turning," says Damian Lewis about his freshman Showtime drama series "Homeland." "One of the appealing things about this show, for people who share our sensibilities, is that each episode feels a little bit like a film, rather than a TV show. And that's because the writers have busted their balls to explore character, explore the psychology of the situation, whilst remaining true to the genre: the thriller genre." The British actor plays U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, a recently rescued prisoner-of-war who might have been turned by his Al Qaeda captors. C.I.A. operations officer Carrie Mathison (Emmy and Globe champ Claire Danes) is on a quest to uncover the truth about Brody. Producer Howard Gordon worked on the Emmy-winning "24," another show about secret missions within the government. I »

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Homeland Ep Alex Gansa Talks Creative Freedom

20 November 2011 8:58 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Showtime’s new CIA thriller Homeland, from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, quickly became the most praised show of the fall TV season and steadily increased its audience from episode one. Homeland, which stars Claire Danes in her first TV series since My So Called Life as CIA officer Carrie Anderson and Damian Lewis as Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who returns home after eight years missing in Iraq and raises Anderson’s suspicion that he’s a terrorist, recently received a season two renewal from Showtime. Homeland Ep Gansa spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Showtime’s commitment to the espionage drama and the creative freedom of cable TV versus network television. »

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Homeland Ep Alex Gansa Talks Creative Freedom

20 November 2011 8:58 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Showtime’s new CIA thriller Homeland, from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, quickly became the most praised show of the fall TV season and steadily increased its audience from episode one. Homeland, which stars Claire Danes in her first TV series since My So Called Life as CIA officer Carrie Anderson and Damian Lewis as Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who returns home after eight years missing in Iraq and raises Anderson’s suspicion that he’s a terrorist, recently received a season two renewal from Showtime. Homeland Ep Gansa spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Showtime’s commitment to the espionage drama and the creative freedom of cable TV versus network television. »

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Homeland Ep Alex Gansa Talks Creative Freedom

20 November 2011 8:58 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Showtime’s new CIA thriller Homeland, from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, quickly became the most praised show of the fall TV season and steadily increased its audience from episode one. Homeland, which stars Claire Danes in her first TV series since My So Called Life as CIA officer Carrie Anderson and Damian Lewis as Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who returns home after eight years missing in Iraq and raises Anderson’s suspicion that he’s a terrorist, recently received a season two renewal from Showtime. Homeland Ep Gansa spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Showtime’s commitment to the espionage drama and the creative freedom of cable TV versus network television. »

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The Daily Beast: "Showtime's Homeland: The Best New Show of the Season

16 November 2011 7:26 AM, PST | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

There is no room for argument: Showtime’s provocative and gut-wrenching psychological thriller Homeland is the best new show of the season. Revolving around two very unreliable narrators engaged in a series of riveting mind games, Homeland explores an America 10 years after 9/11, surveying the damage done to both the national psyche and the central protagonists. Claire Danes plays Carrie Mathison, a CIA operative with both a mental illness and a troubling sense of personal guilt that she missed crucial intelligence prior to the Sept. 11 attacks; Damian Lewis (Life) plays soldier Nicholas Brody, a prisoner of war who returns home to a family that long thought him dead, and who may or may not have been turned into an enemy of the state during his eight-year captivity in Iraq. Over at The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, entitled "Showtime's Homeland: The Best New Show of the Season, »

- Jace

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