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Showtime Orders Welcome Third Season of 'Homeland'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2012 at 3:12PM

Sunday night's episode of "Homeland" was a spine-tingler. The Emmy-winner is the best series on television right now, and its Emmy-winning stars, Claire Dane and Damian Lewis, deliver on their juicy material every week. Thus it's no surprise that Showtime has ordered up 12 new episodes for a third season.
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Damian Lewis and Claire Danes of 'Homeland'
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes of 'Homeland'

Sunday night's fourth episode of "Homeland" was a spine-tingler. The Emmy-winner is the best series on television right now, and its Emmy-winning stars, Claire Dane and Damian Lewis, deliver on their juicy material every week.  Thus it's no surprise that Showtime has ordered up 12 new episodes for a third season.

As real world news focuses on terrorism in the Middle East, the show could not be more timely--or well-reported. But the setting is just a backdrop for these two flawed, damaged, equally righteous characters, the bipolar CIA analyst vs. the Marine who was turned after eight years in captivity. What will they do next? They are both so volatile that you do not know. In Sunday night's episode (impeccably directed by Jeremy Podeswa), as Danes proceeds to act on her own initiative for the nth time, her new supervisor (Rupert Friend) turns to Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and asks, "How many times to you have to tell her something?" Saul replies, "A lot."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.