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Fall TV Guide: “Homeland,” Which Just Might Be The Best New Show Of The Season

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The last time Claire Danes was on television, she inspired a generation of girls to dye their hair red, listen to Frozen Embryos, and externalize their deep thoughts peppered with lots of ‘likes.’ Sixteen years and one scandalous Hollywood romance later, Claire is back on the small screen in a television show I can’t wait for—”Homeland.” Maybe this time around, she’ll inspire women to become CIA agents hiding psychological issues from her superiors?

In “Homeland,” Claire plays CIA agent Carrie Matheson, who works in counter-terrorism and is known for risky tactics. When an Iraqi source tells her that an American prisoner of war had been turned to Al Qaeda, she sets her sights on stopping his re-entry into American society. Shortly after, Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody—who has been missing in action for eight years—is found in Afghanistan. And so she is sure he is planning a terrorist attack. Meanwhile, Sergeant Brody is traumatized from spending years as a prisoner of war, and is having a hard time readjust to his life with his family, who had presumed he was dead. What sounds so fascinating about this show is that it’s impossible to tell who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Is Carrie Matheson right, or delusional? And is Nicholas Brody a terrorist, or a POW being harrassed by a CIA agent?

In many ways, “Homeland” sounds like it will be a “24″ that appeals to the ladyfolk. Which makes sense, because it is from the executive producers of “24.” And not to get expectations so far up there, but the reviews so far are pretty great.

The New York Times says:

“Ms. Danes, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of an autistic animal scientist in the HBO movie ‘Temple Grandin,’ is well suited to play an intelligent, high-strung woman who can be almost appealing one moment and despicable the next … Carrie is hard to like, but ‘Homeland’ is almost impossible to resist.” [NY Times]

And AOL TV says:

“Sometimes an actor takes an average role and, through skill, technique and pure presence, transforms it into something much better. Once in a great while, an actor takes a very good role and produces something extraordinary. That’s what occurs in ‘Homeland’ , which would be worth watching if all it had going for it were the tremendous work being done by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. But ‘Homeland’ also manages to be both an addictive espionage thriller and a compelling character study, as well as a well-constructed exploration of the difficulties and ambiguities of fighting terrorism a decade after Sept. 11. ” [AOL TV]

Yep, I’m excited to watch.

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