|Homeland season 2|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original run||September 30, 2012 – present|
|List of Homeland episodes|
The second season of the American mystery/thriller television series Homeland premiered on September 30, 2012 on Showtime and consists of 12 episodes. The series is loosely based on the Israeli television series Hatufim (English: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff and is developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.
Cast and characters
- Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA intelligence officer assigned to the Counterterrorism Center.
- Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) and a Marine Scout Sniper who was rescued by Delta Force after being held by Al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war for eight years.
- Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody, Nicholas Brody's wife.
- David Harewood as David Estes, the Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. He is Carrie's boss.
- Diego Klattenhoff as Mike Faber, a U.S. Marine Captain. He was Nicholas' best friend who, assuming he was dead, started dating Jessica Brody.
- Jackson Pace as Chris Brody, Nicholas Brody's son.
- Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody, Nicholas Brody's daughter.
- Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, the CIA's Middle-East Division Chief. He is Carrie's old boss and mentor.
- David Marciano as Virgil, Carrie's contact aiding in the surveillance of Brody.
- Navid Negahban as Abu Nazir, a high-ranking member of Al-Qaeda.
- Jamey Sheridan as William Walden, Vice President of the United States and former director of the CIA.
- Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn, a CIA analyst.
- Hrach Titizian as Danny Galvez, a CIA agent of Guatemalan and Lebanese origin.
- Amy Hargreaves as Maggie Mathison, Carrie's sister and a psychiatrist.
- James Rebhorn as Frank Mathison, Carrie's father.
Showtime renewed the series for a second season of 12 episodes on October 26, 2011.
Production for the season began in May 2012, with the first two episodes being filmed in Israel, which will double as Beirut, where the episodes take place.
The second season has three season one recurring actors–David Marciano, Navid Negahban, and Jamey Sheridan–being promoted to series regulars. Actor Rupert Friend has joined as a series regular playing Peter Quinn, a CIA analyst.
The second season of Homeland has received universal acclaim, scoring a Metacritic rating of 96 out of 100 based on 21 reviews.
Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal observed that the show is more relevant than ever given recent world events, and proclaimed that "Television's best drama series is, in short, back with all that was delectable about season one on vivid display again—first-class writing, sterling performances, rocketing suspense".
David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle felt that Season 2 delivered on extremely high expectations and maintained the show's level of writing, acting, and tension.
TV Guide's Matt Roush praised the "powerhouse performances" by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, as well as the relentless pace of the writing.
USA Today's Robert Bianco gave the season a 4/4 score, calling it "unmissable TV", and said that even with the expertly crafted plot, Homeland's biggest strength is in its characters.
Brian Lowry of Variety wrote a positive review, noting that there are some plot points that strain plausibility, but that "once the narrative begins hitting its stride in the second episode, it's clear the program remains on a rarefied creative tier".
- ^ Nededog, Jethro (March 12, 2012). "Showtime sets 'Dexter' and 'Homeland' Return Date". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dexter-season-seven-homeland-season-2-premiere-date-showtime-298538. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- ^ "Homeland – Listings". The New York Times. http://tv.nytimes.com/show/5111863/Homeland/overview. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- ^ Bibel, Sara (October 2, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Wins Night, 'Dexter', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Homeland', 'Breaking Amish', 'Long Island Medium' & More". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/02/sunday-cable-ratings-real-housewives-of-new-jersey-wins-night-dexter-boardwalk-empire-homeland-breaking-amish-long-island-medium-more/150970/. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
- ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 9, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Steel Magnolias' Wins Night + 'Jeff Dunham: Minding Monsters', 'The Real Housewived of NJ', MLB, NASCAR & More". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/09/sunday-cable-ratings-steel-magnolias-wins-night-jeff-dunham-minding-monsters-the-real-housewived-of-nj-mlb-nascar-more/152102/. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
- ^ "Homeland : State of Independence". Zap2It. http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/homeland-state-of-independence/EP014661710017. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Shows A-Z - homeland on showtime". The Futon Critic. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch/homeland/listings/. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
- ^ "Homeland : New Car Smell". Zap2It. http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/homeland-new-car-smell/EP014661710018. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- ^ "Homeland : Q&A". Zap2It. http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/homeland-qanda/EP014661710019. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- ^ "Homeland : A Gettysburg Address". Zap2It. http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/homeland-a-gettysburg-address/EP014661710021. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
- ^ "Homeland : The Clearing". Zap2It. http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/homeland-the-clearing/EP014661710022. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
- ^ Rice, Lynette (October 26, 2011). "Showtime renews 'Homeland' for a second season". Entertainment Weekly. http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/10/26/showtime-renews-homeland-for-a-second-season. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
- ^ a b Mitovich, Matt Webb (February 10, 2012). "Exclusive: Homeland Hands Out Two Series Regular Promotions". TVLine. http://tvline.com/2012/02/10/homeland-adds-series-regulars-negahban-marciano. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 30, 2012). "Homeland Scoop: 'Carrie Gets Her Mojo Back'". TVLine. http://tvline.com/2012/07/30/homeland-spoilers-season-2. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (April 18, 2012). "Early Intel on Homeland Season 2: Will Carrie Go Rogue? Plus: The New Threat to Brody". TVLine. http://tvline.com/2012/04/18/homeland-season-2-preview-spoilers. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 19, 2012). "Homeland Adds Rupert Friend as Series Regular for Season 2 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/homeland-season-2-showtime-rupert-friend-339027. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- ^ "Homeland: Season 2". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/tv/homeland/season-2/critic-reviews. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
- ^ Rabinowitz, Dorothy (September 28, 2012). "The Jihadist in Congress". Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443916104578022423322183816.html. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
- ^ Weigand, David (September 27, 2012). "'Homeland' review: Season 2 doesn't disappoint". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/tv/article/Homeland-review-Season-2-doesn-t-disappoint-3899343.php. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
- ^ Roush, Matt (September 28, 2012). "The Jihadist in Congress". TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Weekend-TV-Homeland-Dexter-Midwife-Fringe-Doctor-Who-Good-Wife-1053924.aspx. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
- ^ Bianco, Robert (September 27, 2012). "Showtime's 'Homeland' is unmissable TV". USA Today. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/tv/story/2012/09/27/showtimes-homeland-is-unmissable-tv/57849018/1. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
- ^ Lowry, Brian (September 23, 2012). "Homeland". Variety. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948408. Retrieved September 30, 2012.