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'Homeland' Season 2: 4 ways to prepare

29 September 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The countdown to "Homeland's" Season 2 premiere this Sunday (Sept. 30) is in full gear. Not prepared? Here are four ways you can spend the weekend catching up on TV's best drama.

1. Marathon Season 1: If you're one of the five people that hasn't watched Season 1 yet, cancel your plans to go outside and sit back and watch the "Homeland" marathon on Showtime, starting at Noon Et on Sunday.

2. Check out the original "Homeland": Gideon Raff, who last week took home an Emmy for Outstanding Writing along with Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, is also the creator of "Prisoners of War," the Israeli show "Homeland" is based on. Hulu's  first exclusive non-English series, all 10 episodes of the original are available for viewing.

"Prisoners" deals with the mental rehabilitation of Uri Zach and Yoram Toledano, two soldiers that returned from 17 years of captivity. "It's an emotional journey," Raff explains. "It explores very harsh topics -- Ptsd, »


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DVD Review - Prisoners of War - Series 1

17 July 2012 5:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Prisoners of War - Series 1 (a.k.a. Hatufim), 2010.

Created by Gideon Raff.

Starring Ishai Golan, Yoram Toledano, Yaël Abecassis, Mili Avital, Assi Cohen and Adi Ezroni.


After seventeen years, three prisoners of war are returned back to their homes and families. One of the prisoners returns home in a coffin whilst the other two have to deal with returning to their lives and how things have changed.

When I signed up to watch Prisoners of War, I had my own preconceptions about what the series would be like. I thought there’d be loved ones lost, then found and then lost again over the whole series. There’d be double crosses abound as people trick their way around to get what they want. Surprises, maybe a bit of action, some spy stuff. I hadn’t seen Homeland apart from the odd couple of scenes. Because having as much »

- flickeringmyth

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Israeli Drama To Become Hulu’s First Foreign-Language Exclusive Series In U.S.

13 July 2012 6:51 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The distinction goes to Keshet Broadcasting’s Prisoners Of War (Hatufim), which was written and directed by Gideon Raff and became the country’s highest-rated TV drama. The story line will be familiar to fans of Showtime’s Homeland– it was based on the Israeli series. It’s about two soldiers trying to reintegrate with society, and reconnect with their families, after 17 years in an enemy prison. A military psychologist becomes suspicious when it turns out that their accounts of their captivity don’t match. Secret service agents launch an investigation to determine who they really are and what they’re hiding. The 10-part series stars Yael Abecassis, Mili Avital, Yoram Tolledano, Assi Cohen and Ishai Golan. It premieres on Hulu and Hulu Plus this Saturday, July 14. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor

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Hulu Set to Premiere First Foreign Language Exclusive Series Prisoners of War

13 July 2012 6:46 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Hulu is set to premiere the critically acclaimed Israeli drama series ‘Prisoners of War’ tomorrow, marking the on-demand streaming website’s first foreign-language exclusive series. The show was written and directed by Gideon Ratt, and was the highest-rated Israeli TV Drama, winning nine Israeli Emmy Awards. ‘Prisoners of War’ stars Yael Abecassis, Mili Avital, Yoram Tolledano, Assi Cohen and Ishai Golan. The ten-part drama series follows two soldiers as they struggle to reintegrate into society after spending 17 years in an enemy prison. As the two struggle to reacquaint themselves with their families, the two are also thrust into the national spotlight as heroes. After the two soldiers return home, they’re  [ Read More ] »

- Karen Benardello

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