Showtime orders new seasons of Homeland and The Affair
In advance of the final two episodes of the current seasons of its hit fall drama series, Showtime has picked up a sixth season of Homeland and ordered a third season of The Affair. Showtime currently has the top two rated scripted series on premium television in the fourth quarter, with Homeland and The Affair (ranked based on Live+SD, L+3 and L+7 ratings). Homeland season five stars Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes, Emmy nominee Rupert Friend and Emmy and Tony winner Mandy Patinkin. The Affair season two stars Golden Globe nominee Dominic West, Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson, Emmy Award nominee Maura Tierney and Screen Actors Guild nominee Joshua Jackson. Both series air on Sunday nights starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
As Homeland approaches its highly-anticipated season five finale on Sunday, December 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Carrie Mathison (Danes) and Saul Berenson (Patinkin) race to stop a terrorist attack on Berlin, after Carrie and Astrid (guest star Nina Hoss) found Quinn (Friend) barely alive from being tortured by the terrorists planning the attack. In the extended second season finale of The Affair, which will run for 70 minutes on Sunday, December 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, fans’ long-awaited questions will finally be answered, including who killed Scotty Lockhart.
Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Homeland was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series “Prisoners of War” by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for season five are Alexander Cary, Chip Johannessen, Lesli Linka Glatter, Meredith Stiehm, Avi Nir, Ran Telem, Gideon Raff and Patrick Harbinson. Season five also stars Oscar winner and Emmy nominee F. Murray Abraham, Sebastian Koch, Screen Actors Guild winner Miranda Otto, Alexander Fehling and Sarah Sokolovic.
The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together. This season, the provocative drama is told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths. Alison (Wilson) is a young woman attempting to move on from tragedy and build a lasting relationship while contending with the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah (West) is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves. Noah’s former wife Helen (Tierney) is attempting to piece her life together while navigating divorce proceedings, care for her children, and her parents’ noxious influence. Cole (Jackson), Alison’s former husband is struggling to overcome past heartbreak and start a promising new life. Award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (“House of Cards,” “In Treatment”) and Hagai Levi (“In Treatment”) created the series. Treem serves as executive producer, along with Levi, Anya Epstein (“In Treatment”) and director Jeffrey Reiner (“Friday Night Lights”).