October 26, 2011

THE SKED: “Homeland” Stays Home At Showtime

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Four weeks into its initial season, HOMELAND has received a 2d season order from Showtime.  Although the series’ ratings haven’t been stellar–it routinely loses at least half the audience of its Dexter lead-in–Homeland has been getting exactly the kind of buzz and critical attention that pay-TV networks crave, so this makes perfect sense.  There’s also a very good chance that Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin, as well as the show itself, could garner some Emmy attention. 

Combined with AMC’s no-eaten-brainer decision to renew its smash hit WALKING DEAD for a 3rd season, cable’s scripted Sundays are looking more stable these days than broadcast TV’s.  

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."