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Homeland (TV series)

Doesn’t it feel like ages ago since the Season 1 finale of Homeland? Well folks here we are, finally!, it’s almost time for Season 2 (September 30) with more intrigue and suspense! This Showtime edge-of-your-seat series, is (in my opinion) one of the best thrillers on American TV. What a fantastic cast and the acting is superb! Homeland manages to be both an addictive espionage thriller and a compelling character study.

Synopsis: Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq. Carrie Mathison, a driven CIA officer who is also hiding some personal secrets of her own, suspects Brody might be plotting an attack on America. You will be asking yourself who’s trustworthy and who’s a traitor? It will leave you filled with doubts regardless of how sure you think you are about what’s coming next.

This stellar cast includes: (I’ve included a little background of each actors TV credits, you might be saying to yourself, hey I know him/her from another show, hmmm)

Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison on Homeland)
Birth Name: Claire Catherine Danes
Date Of Birth: April 12, 1979
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
TV Credits: My So-Called Life as Angela Chase (1994-1995).

Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody on Homeland)
Birth Name: Damian Watcyn Lewis
Date Of Birth: February 11, 1971
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: St. John’s Wood, London, England
TV Credits: Hearts and Bones as Mark Rose (2000-2001), Band of Brothers as Maj. Richard D. Winters / Lt. Richard D. Winters (2001), The Forsyte Saga as Soames Forsyte (2002-2003), Life as Charlie Crews (2007-2009).

Morena Baccarin (Jessica Brody on Homeland)
Birth Name: Monrena Baccarin
Date Of Birth: June 02, 1979
Country Of Birth: Brazil
Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro
TV Credits: Firefly as Inara Serra (2002-2003), Still Life as Maggie Jones (2003-2004), The O.C. as Maya Griffin (2006), Stargate SG-1 as Adria (2006-2007), Heartland as Nurse Jessica Kivala (2007), V as Anna (2009-2011).

Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson on Homeland)
Birth Name: Mandel Bruce Patinkin
Born: November 30, 1952
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
TV Credits: Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on Chicago Hope (1994-2000), Dead Like Me as Rube Sofer (2004), Criminal Minds as Special Agent Jason Gideon (2007).

David Harewood (David Estes on Homeland)
Birth Name: David Harewood
Date Of Birth: December 08, 1965
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Birmingham, England
TV Credits: Spatz as Derek Puley (1991-1993), Agony Again as Daniel (1995), The Bill as Ed Parrish / Malcolm Jackson / Robbie Coker / (1990-1997), Always and Everyone as Mike Gregson / Dr. Mike Gregson (1999-2001), The Vice as D.I. Joe Robinson / Sgt. / Sgt. Joe Robinson / (1999-2003), Fat Friends as Max Robertson (2004-2005), The Palace as Major Simon Brooks (2008), Robin Hood as Tuck (2009), Doctor Who as Joshua Naismith (2009-2010).

Diego Klattenhoff (Mike Faber on Homeland)
Country Of Birth: Canada
Birth Place: French River, Nova Scotia
TV Credits: At the Hotel as Young Jacob (2006), Whistler as Derek (2007), Men in Trees as Ivan Palacinke (2008), Mercy as Mike Callahan (2010).

Morgan Saylor (Dana Brody on Homeland)
Birth Name: Morgan Saylor
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
TV Credits: The Sopranos as Young Meadow (2006).

Jackson Pace (Chris Brody on Homeland)
Birth Name: Jackson Pace
Born: February 19, 1999
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Boca Raton, Florida
TV Credits: Barney & Friends as Adam (2006).

David Marciano (Virgil on Homeland)
Born: January 7, 1960
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey
TV Credits: Civil Wars as Jeffrey Lassick (1991-1993), Due South as Ray Vecchio / Det. Ray Vecchio (1994-1999), Judging Amy as Len Mildmay (2000-2001), The Mind of the Married Man as Dr. Paul Gianni (2002), The Shield as Detective Steve Billings / Captain Steve Billings (2005-2008).

Navid Negahban (Abu Nazir on Homeland)
Born: June 2, 1968
Birth Place: Mashhad, Iran
TV Credits: 24 as Jamot / Abdullah (2005-2010).

Hrach Titizian (Danny Galvez on Homeland)
Born: May 26, 1979
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
TV Credits: The Beast as Computer Tech Steve Jordan (2001), 24 as Nabeel / Zamil Kouri (2007-2010).

Jamey Sheridan (Vice President William Walden on Homeland)
Birth Name: James Patrick “Jamey” Sheridan
Born: July 12, 1951
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place:Pasadena, California
TV Credits: Shannon’s Deal as Jack Shannon (1990-1991), The Stand as Randall Flagg (1994), Chicago Hope as Dr. John Sutton (1995-1996), Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Captain James Deakins (2001-1006), Trauma as Dr. Joseph Saviano (2009-2010).

Homeland Tidbits:

-To prepare for her role in the series, Claire Danes met with CIA officers, and also watched videos made by bi-polar disorder patients and consulted with author Julie Fast who suffers from the same disorder.

-Although Carrie’s condition was not specified during the show’s first few episodes, the actor who plays her, Claire Danes (who considered majoring in psychology at Yale) told “Entertainment Weekly” that she decided that Carrie has Bipolar 1.

-British actor Damian Lewis landed the lead role without an audition. The series producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa were so impressed with his performance in the under-rated Keane, they offered him the part over the course of a phone call.

-During the introductory montage sequence, archival excerpts of five US Presidents’ voices are heard in chronological order: Ronald Reagan (40), George Bush (41), Bill Clinton (42), George W. Bush (43) and Barack Obama (44). Except for George W. Bush, video clips of the other four Presidents are shown during the intro. Louis Armstrong and Colin Powell are also excerpted.

-Some of the photographs that are interspersed over the course of the opening credits sequence are actual pictured of Claire Danes as a young girl.

-On some occasions, Morena Baccarin had to wear a dark wig for her role as Jessica while she waited for her cropped hairdo as Anna in V to grow out.

-The homecoming scene that takes place at Joint Reserve Andrews was filmed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The first fighter jet shown is part of the military aviation museum there.

-The ‘Heritage Diner’ where the Brody family eats (and the local man tells Nicholas that he’ll vote for him) is actually J. J. Wasabi’s in Mooresville at the corner of Moore Avenue and Main Street, just as shown on-screen.

-Barack Obama’s favorite TV-show.

-Co-creator Howard Gordon served as executive producer and showrunner on the genre-redefining 24.

-1.08 million viewers were glued to their screens for Homeland’s US premiere, making it the highest rated drama premiere in eight years for cable network Showtime.

-The role of Jessica Brody was originally awarded to actress Laura Fraser (A Knight’s Tale), but she was replaced by Firefly’s Morena Baccarin and her scenes subsequently re-shot.

-Homeland’s pilot received a rapturous applause from critics, with all the major publications declaring it one of the season’s finest new dramas.

-The Writers Guild of America showed their admiration for Homeland with three awards nominations: Best New Series, Best Dramatic Series and Best Episodic Drama Series.

-Congratulations Homeland for receiving a 2012 Golden Globe award for the Best Drama Series, TV, and Best TV Actress for leading lady Claire Danes!

-Showtime’s Homeland took best drama honors and a best drama actress award for Claire Danes at the 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Well that’s my blog on Homeland, and if you enjoy psychological thrillers with a lot of suspense and drama this show might be worth checking out! I know I am hooked!

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