Sad news for fans of Showtime's Homeland. David Marciano, who has played freelance surveillance expert Virgil since the show's pilot episode, will not be returning as a regular character for Season 3.
After appearing in a recurring role during the first season, Marciano was upgraded to series regular status last season. Although he may return as a recurring guest star in the future, Marciano is focused on developing a new cable drama about a real-life criminal enterprise that operates out of a prison.
He is working with his writing partner, comedian Steven "Sarge" Pickman, manager Craig Dorfman, and producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The project will be shopped around to cable networks soon and is not intended as a starring vehicle for Marciano himself, although he may assume an on-screen role.
Several other Homeland regulars will also be absent next season. Diego Klattenhoff, who played Brody's best friend and army buddy Mike Faber, left the series earlier this year to join the cast of NBC drama pilot The Blacklist. David Harewood, Jamey Sheridan, and Navid Negahban are gone because their characters were killed during Season 2.
The remainder of Homeland's regular cast, including Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, and Morena Baccarin, will be back. Last seen crossing the border into Canada, Brody (Lewis) may surface in Venezuela during the opening episodes of the new season, launching Sunday, September 29.
Will you miss Virgil? Do you have any interest in the prison crime drama he is co-creating?