To the shock of no one, Showtime has opted to renew their hit spy series "Homeland" for a third season.
The first season of the series received high ratings and immense critical acclaim. The show averaged 4.4 million viewers across platforms and went on to sweep the Emmy awards, picking up wins for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Actress (Claire Danes) and Outstanding Actor (Damian Lewis), in addition to 2012 Golden Globe win for best drama.
“The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” said Showtime Networks president of entertainment David Nevins. “The writers, cast and crew of Homeland continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week. We can't wait for our viewers to experience what unfolds through the rest of season two. Our partners at Fox 21 have been tremendous, and we are thrilled to begin the planning for Homeland's third season."
So far this second season, acclaim has held strong and ratings have picked up to an average of 5.2 million viewers across platforms and 1.75 million during initial airing. The series' popularity is also considered to be a strong contributor to Showtime's 1.1 million subscriber gain this year.
While the series is set for a third season, what is less certain is whether the current writing team will be along for the ride or leave for their own endeavors based on the series' success. TV Rage has reported on pilots for other projects from the "Homeland" creative team, so we'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for further news on who's staying and who's going. Personally, I don't see how they get out of this season without either killing off Brody or drastically reducing his role next year. The further adventures of Carrie in the CIA and deep cover would be more than enough to keep me tuned in, however. Where do you see the series headed in its third season?