17 September 2012 7:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

After watching the first season of "Homeland," it can be surreal to speak to Navid Negahban over the phone. His performance as Osama Bin Ladin archetype Abu Nazir is both memorably ominous while embodying the shifting sense the Showtime drama gives viewers of complicated villains that could’ve easily been pigeonholed as generic bad guys. That complexity has earned "Homeland" serious acclaim -- it's one of six shows nominated for an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy, all of which happen to be from non-traditional broadcast channels. While Negahban isn’t on the list of nominees, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him there next year as he joins the permanent cast for "Homeland" in season two, which premieres on Sunday, September 30th (check out the first 20 minutes online). Over the phone, Negahban isn’t one to ask we try to blow up the Vice President or to remind us to stick to the plan. »

- John Lichman

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