‘Homeland’ to return for third season in 2013

Carrie and Brody will be back for a third season of 12 one-hour episodes

Acclaimed TV series Homeland has been renewed for a third season by US network Showtime.

The political drama, which stars Claire Danes as an unstable CIA officer and Damian Lewis as a war veteran she suspects of treason, is based on an Israeli series called Hatufim. Homeland‘s first season premiered on Showtime in October 2011 before airing on Channel 4 earlier this year (2012), earning rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

Last month (September 2012), Homeland beat Mad Men and Downton Abbey to win four major prizes at the Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. The show’s second season kicked off on September 30 in the US, winning its highest ever audience, and in the UK on October 7.

In a press release, Showtime confirmed that it has renewed Homeland for a third season of 12 one-hour episodes, to air in 2013. Network President David Nevins said: “The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season. 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… and we are thrilled to begin the planning for Homeland‘s third season.”

Meanwhile, the latest episode of Homeland airs on Channel 4 at 9pm this Sunday (October 28). Alongside Danes and Lewis, the show’s cast includes David Harewood, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin.