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Join the feisty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- 'Homeland' season finale 'Long Time Coming' - Click Here to Discuss FrozenBarbie: Yikes. Will have to think about it more, but for now, this is my least favorite episode of the whole season. Of all the ways to end it, they did this? Waaay too much time on Carrie's family. All those closeups on Claire Danes' face was annoying, too. Well, one of my predictions came true, so there's that, I guess. Pretty disappointed with the finale. Djoko: I loved it. I thought it was a perfect way to end this amazing season and set up the next season. Homeland has definitely soared back to the top. 24Emmy: That was a rather weird finale. »
At the conclusion of its messy, melodramatic third season, with Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) hanging in the main square and Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) clinging, grief-stricken, to a chain-link fence, "Homeland" seemed poised to slink quietly into TV viewers' memories, a once-great counterterrorism thriller lost in the thicket of love. By the conclusion of the fourth season, on Sunday, Showtime's aging drama had reinvented itself entirely, emerging as a stark, surprising tale of life during wartime. On the basis of the final five episodes alone, it easily qualifies as the year's most improved series. Here are the keys to the unexpected resurgence of "Homeland": 1. Know When to Fold 'Em The decision to discard Carrie and Brody's frenzied romance arrived more than a season too late -- the long, slow decline from the series' finest hour, season two's miraculous "Q+A," to "The Star," the season three finale, pained even the series' most. »
- Matt Brennan
Det. Gordon Reports To Duty At Arkham On An All-new “Gotham” Monday, January 5, On Fox Det. Gordon’s assignment at Arkham Asylum gets off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins (guest star Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”). Meanwhile, Cobblepot continues to build his army in the all-new “Rogues’ Gallery” episode of Gotham airing Monday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox. (Gth-111) (TV-14 L, S, V) Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, Andrew Stewart Jones as Crispus Allen, »
Critics should avoid bringing too many expectations to projects, trying to view each with a fresh set of eyes. But inevitably, returning programs, the occasional new show and even entire networks/services foster certain preconceived notions, based on what’s come before, the premise or the creative auspices.
From that perspective, 2014 produced a number of pleasant surprises, in part from existing programs that received a creative makeover, as well as projects or providers that proved more appealing than anticipated. (The following is in alphabetical order, and as always, beware of spoilers.)
Almost Royal. BBC America’s unscripted spoof — about two sprightly youths, several dozen places down on the list of succession to the British throne, visiting unsuspecting Americans — looked like just another “Borat” knockoff. But it turned out to be great fun, thanks in large part to the heroics of Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart in those roles.
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- Brian Lowry
In an editorial board piece published Sunday, The New York Times called for criminal prosecution of former Vice President Dick Cheney and others featured in the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee’s report that details the post-9/11 torture program that went on during the Bush administration.
In a piece titled, “Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses,” the Times implores President Obama to prosecute:
But any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel »
- Jordan Chariton
Homeland concluded its critically acclaimed—and narratively refreshed —fourth season Sunday night with an episode that took an uncharacteristically quiet approach. Last night's hour focused on Carrie (Claire Danes), Saul (Mandy Patinkin), and Peter's (Rupert Friend) reentry into Washington D.C. after a traumatic tour in Pakistan that resulted in the loss of a regular character (Fara Sherazi). Peter attempted to develop a romantic connection with Carrie, while Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) revealed the CIA's Faustian bargain with a terrorist leader. Below, Showtime president David Nevins shares some of his thoughts on the unconventional closing episode. »
- James Hibberd
“Homeland” wrapped a comeback year Sunday by returning its full focus to the United States’ maneuvers in the big scary world of geopolitical chess in the Middle East.
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen “Homeland’s” season finale, “Long Time Coming.”
The show’s fourth season was eerily and tragically prescient about real-world events throughout its 12-episode run, right down to the season finale that aired five days after Taliban gunmen slaughtered 148 people, most of them children, at a Pakistani military school.
It’s taken as a given that “Homeland” stumbled from its own high bar in season three as the storyline focused too narrowly on flights of fancy and the doomed love affair between Carrie Mathison and Nicholas Brody. With Brody gone at the end of season three, the show was forced to reboot its plot engines and relationship dynamics. That gave the writing team led »
- Cynthia Littleton
Homeland, Season 4, Episode 12, “Long Time Coming”
Written by Meredith Stiehm
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on Showtime
It’s not easy being Carrie Mathison. Not only is she faced with catching and killing terrorists while dealing with her bipolar disorder, but she also has the worst luck. Really just the worst. In the fourth season finale, she’s right when she repeatedly insists that she has a lot to deal with right now — She’s still reeling from the “mindfuck” of Islamabad, her father is being put to rest, her mother has just shown up after abandoning the family 15 years ago, Quinn has finally made a move on her, and she cares about raising her daughter now. Our girl needs a minute.
While Carrie juggles all this, Homeland offers up a quiet and slow finale that stands in stark contrast with the last few episodes this season, »
- Jake Pitre
As the former Emmy-winner wraps up its fourth season, it still can’t seem to find the balance between the personal and the political
Read our Homeland episode by episode reviews
Spoiler alert: this review is for Us viewers who are one week ahead of the UK.
By the end of its third season Homeland, once the darling of television critics and Emmy voters, had outstayed its welcome. The continuation of CIA agent Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) love affair with marine double agent Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) had turned the show into an unbelievable and tedious soap opera. The rebooted fourth season was much better, at least right up until the finale.
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- Brian Moylan
After the explosive action and plot twists of the previous three episodes, “Homeland” closed its fourth season on a quieter note, with Carrie Mathison looking inward to slay a few personal dragons.
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you have not seen the Dec. 21 episode of “Homeland,” “Long Time Coming.”
The season that saw Carrie get back to what she does best — tenaciously fighting terrorists — ended with her trying to adjust to dealing with the stuff of everyday life: being a mother, dealing with the loss of her father and the painful reconnection with her long-awol mother.
Even the requisite cliffhanger moment to keep us primed for season five revolves around Carrie facing a moral gut-check rather than the imminent danger of a bomb going off or specific attack unfolding. In fact, the dilemma Carrie stumbles into in the closing moments of “Long Time Coming,” is the epitome of what “Homeland »
- Cynthia Littleton
“Homeland” just concluded season No. 4. But in the pivot the show made from its uneven past into its new-look present, it might as well have been called “Season ’24.'”
Of course, key producers on this Showtime series also worked on that earlier Fox show, which explored the war on terror in a world of tough choices and sacrifices, against an utterly ruthless foe. And while “Homeland” has maintained more nuance and finesse than its predecessor exhibited, the transition from the initial high of returned-pow Nicholas Brody and his “Manchurian Candidate”-like rise — exploiting a political class and media hungry for heroes — to a more conventional if often tense and surprising espionage thriller appears to have been completed this season, transforming Rupert Friend’s tormented operative/killing machine Peter Quinn into an updated version of Jack Bauer.
The fourth season also provided a showcase for Claire Danes, which might explain why »
- Brian Lowry
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Sunday’s Season 4 finale of Showtime’s “Homeland” entitled “Long Time Coming” and don’t want to know what happened.)
As she loses one parent, another steps back into the life of Claire Danes‘ Carrie Matheson on the fourth season finale of Showtime’s “Homeland.” After a 15-year absence, Carrie and Ellen Mathison’s (Amy Hargreaves) mother (Victoria Clark) simply strolled back into her life.
As we expected, Carrie didn’t take this very well at all, lashing out at her mother and kicking her out of the house. »
- Jason Hughes
A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" season finale coming up just as soon as I want lasagna at 10 at night... "I know how this goes. It ends badly." -Carrie What she said, I'm afraid. I started watching "Long Time Coming" about 20 minutes behind the live telecast, and kept seeing two sentiments on Twitter as I tried to catch up: 1)It was awfully quiet so far, and 2)Did this mean some horrible shoe was about to drop? Instead, "quiet" remained the watchword throughout the very slow, emotionally muted finale, which played less as a conclusion to the events of season 4 than an extended tribute to the late James Rebhorn, and as a biographical character on a character the show had long since snuffed my interest in for any non-professional capacity. If Carrie was someone I still cared about — and/or if I bought into the idea of Carrie and Quinn having »
- Alan Sepinwall
After a string of intense, breakneck episodes, Homeland closed out its fourth season Sunday on a comparatively muted note.
Of course, that’s not to say stuff didn’t happen.
By the end of the hour, Carrie buried her dad, came face-to-face with her estranged mother, went to first base with Quinn and, most notably, found out why Dar Adal was suddenly carpooling with terrorists.
Coming (Back) To America | The action begins with Carrie, back in the States, preparing to lay to rest her father Frank (played by the late, great James Rebhorn, for whom the episode was dedicated). While »
Cooper is said to have gained 40lbs for the movie, which is based on Kyle's autobiography.
Sienna Miller plays Kyle's wife Taya Renae, who is left to manage their family's home life while her husband is abroad. Homeland star Navid Negahban and Boardwalk Empire's Eric Ladin are also in the supporting cast.
Kyle and Renae's relationship is tested as Kyle suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder.
American Sniper will be released in cinemas on January 16, 2015. »
Recently, Fox released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Gotham" episode 11 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "Rogues Gallery," and it turns out that we're going to see Gordon get caught up in some immediate trouble while trying to work the Arkham crazy house. Meanwhile, Cobblepot aka Penguin steadily continues to build an army, and more! In the new,11th episode press release: Det. Gordon is going to report to duty at Arkham. Press release number 2: Det. Gordon's assignment at Arkham Asylum, is going to get off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins (guest star Morena Baccarin, "Homeland"). In the meantime, Cobblepot will continue to build his army. Guest stars feature: Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, David Zayas as Maroni, Allyce Beasley as Dorothy Duncan, Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Gerry Lang, »
- Andre Braddox
Gotham is set to return to Fox on January 5th, and the second part of the season kicks off with the episode “Rogues’ Gallery.” I’m excited about the return of the series. I've been having withdrawals, but below we have all the details of what to expect from it, along with a promo spot, recap featurette, and photos.
Det. Gordon Reports To Duty At Arkham On An All-new “Gotham” Monday, January 5, On FOXDet. Gordon’s assignment at Arkham Asylum gets off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins (guest star Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”). Meanwhile, Cobblepot continues to build his army in the all-new “Rogues’ Gallery” episode of Gotham airing Monday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox. (Gth-111) (TV-14 L, S, V)Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, »
- Joey Paur
Recently, Fox dropped these new spoiler photos for their upcoming "Gotham" episode 11 of season 1, and they feature new looks at poor Gordon working the awful Arkham asylum in a cheesy cop outfit. We also see the very sexy yet evil as hell Fish doing her thing, and more. The episode is labeled, "Rogues' Gallery." The official plotline for episode 11, reads like this: "Detective Gordon's assignment at Arkham Asylum, will get off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins (guest star Morena Baccarin, "Homeland"). Meanwhile, Cobblepot is going to continue to build his army." Episode 11 is set to air on Monday night, January 5th, 2015 at 7pm central time on Fox. »
NBC has ordered a script from Gordon for action workplace comedy “Human Resources,” Variety has confirmed.
The “24”-meets-“Die Hard” half-hour single-cam follows a group of unlikely heroes that come together to save their co-workers, jobs and themselves.
Tom Gormican (“That Awkward Moment”) will write the script and exec produce, alongside Gordon and Hugh Fitzpatrick, of Teakwood Lane Productions at 20th Century Fox, and 3 Arts’ Oly Obst. Gordon is under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.
Gordon is repped by Wme, 3 Arts and Gendler & Kelly.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Homeland Season 4 has critics raving and fans sitting on the edges of their seats. And while the show has assaulted its cast with a barrage of kidnappings, killings, and other nightmare scenarios, one character who has managed to survive and thrive this season is Max, the socially awkward surveillance expert played by Maury Sterling.
We sat down with Sterling for his take on Max’s development, his relationship to Carrie (Claire Danes), and how he’s looking forward to this Sunday’s finale as much as we are. Spoilers below, so if you haven’t caught up yet, get to binging!
Fans have been blown by the action this season. Has it also shot a new energy into the cast?
Absolutely. There was this big question of where we were going to go now, especially where season 3 ended. I’ve been blown away with how the writers have put this together, »
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