If you’re one of those people who thought Nicholas Brody should have been written off Homeland in Season 2, you’re not alone. According to the series’ writers, who recently discussed the topic at a TV Academy panel, that was the original plan, but the bigwigs at Showtime stepped in and decided it just wasn’t his time. Oh, and the best part? They did the same thing in Season 1 when the writers were debating offing him. At this point, the series is going to end with everyone dead and Brody eating an ice cream cone somewhere on the shores of Barbados with Breaking Bad‘s Walt Jr. [THR]
… Jimmy Fallon’s reign as host of The Tonight Show will begin on February 17, 2014, which is right in the middle of the 2014 Winter Olympics. And in case you’ve been worried about what will happen to The Roots, Fallon has confirmed that he’ll be bringing the band with him to the 11:30pm timeslot. [On Air With Ryan Seacrest]
… I haven’t really watched any of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black (I’ve been really busy with choir), so I don’t know how this will affect the series, but if you’re also behind, you might want to skip down to the next news item right now. Laura Prepon, who plays Piper’s ex/on-again, off-again girlfriend, is leaving the show after her character’s arc is wrapped up early in Season 2. There is, however, a possibility for her to return. [Buzzfeed]
… The Emmys are still a little over a month away, but some awards are already being handed out. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that several honors in animation, documentary, and costumes have been selected by juries and subsequently awarded. Winners include Portlandia, The Simpsons, Adventure Time. [THR]
… Last week I said I would never again write about wresting, but apparently I am a liar because E! has asked for six additional episodes of its new reality series Total Divas. The series revolves around WWE’s female wrestlers, who are apparently known as Divas. Gee, I can’t imagine why. The order brings the episode count 14 episodes for Season 1. [Variety]
… I’ve been geeking out over this all day. The awesome nerds over at Google Maps have created the greatest easter egg in all of history by allowing you to go inside the Doctor’s TARDIS, located on the map at Earl’s Court Rd, London, Greater London SW5 9RB, United Kingdom. Labeled as a Police Telephone Box, you can enter the TARDIS by clicking the double arrows on the map. Right now you can only explore the bridge, but we all know there’s so much more hiding behind those doors. [Blastr]
… ABC has given a script commitment to an as-yet-untitled new comedy executive-produced by Ed Helms (The Office). The project centers on a gifted but dysfunctional female attorney from the big-city who moves to a small town. Unsurprisingly, she experiences difficulty adapting to her new life. Please call me when this series is canceled so I can say I told you so. [THR]
… Kiernan Shipka, who plays everyone’s favorite Don Draper offspring, Sally, on AMC’s Mad Men, has landed a role in Lifetime’s upcoming original movie Flowers in the Attic, based on the controversial book of the same name. Shipka will play the eldest girl, Cathy. [Deadline Hollywood]
… Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) has been cast as a mean girl on Fox’s New Girl. She’ll play Molly, one of the “cool” teachers at the school where Jess is temping/subbing. She thinks Jess is sucking up to the principal, probably not realizing that’s just Jess’s personality, and decides to do something about it. [TV Line]
… Man, Eva Longoria sure is busy these days. In addition to the new series she has in development at NBC, Longoria will appear on the network’s upcoming comedy Welcome to the Family. The role will reunite her with former Desperate Housewives cast-mate and on-screen husband, Ricardo Chavira. She will play Ms. Nunez, a teacher who has a history with one of her student’s fathers, played by Chavira. [Deadline Hollywood]
… Kid Cudi has booked an upcoming guest spot on Fox’s new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is a lot funnier than you might expect given that it’s a series starring Andy Samberg. Cudi will play Dustin Whitman, an ex-con who Samberg’s character is convinced robbed a jewelry store. [THR]
… June Diane Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV, New Girl) has been cast as the final piece in Parks and Recreation‘s Eagleton doppelgänger plot. She’ll play April’s (Aubrey Plaza) counterpart in the Eagleton parks department alongside Kristen Bell (Other Leslie), Sam Elliott (obviously Eagleton’s answer to Ron Swanson), and Bill Eichner (Donna’s equal). If you’re wondering who has the unfortunate task of playing Tom Haverford’s Eagleton twin, you’ll have to wait to find out. Executive producer Mike Schur says that the storyline is a spoiler and refuses to divulge any more information. [TV Line]
… Rhys Ifans has been cast opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn in Showtime’s new comedy pilot Trending Down. Ifans, a BAFTA winner, plays Hoffman’s boss, Jonathan Clow. The project is a blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture. [Showtime via press release]
… Janina Gavankar (True Blood, The League) has joined The CW’s web series Husbands as a trophy wife who maybe possibly gives off the air of also being a potential murderer. Gavankar was also recently tapped to guest-star in Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries. [TV Guide]
… Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has signed on to voice a character in the twelfth season of Family Guy. Though mostly known for her work on stage and the big screen, Bacall has appeared on TV a few times, including an appearance on The Sopranos. Bacall will play the best friend of Peter’s recently deceased mother who eventually makes a few passes at Peter, because this is Family Guy and what else did you expect? [TV Line]
The cast and producers of Showtime’s Homeland appeared at the Television Critics’ Assoc. summer press tour on Monday to preview Season 3 — with at least one actor doing his best to conceal a major plot point.
“I’m not Damian,” a buzzed-cut ginger who sure looked like Damian Lewis claimed in the course of dodging a question about his alter ego’s Season 3 status.
Showrunner Alex Gansa said it “would be a betrayal” to specific exactly when disgraced Marine sergeant Nicholas Brody is next seen, though he was OK with it being divulged — as per the first screeners sent to the press — that it does not happen in (spoiler alert) the first two episodes.
After all, Lewis noted, “Brody is on the lam,” having disappeared into an exfiltration process coordinated by Carrie at the close of Season 2, after a bomb planted in Brody’s car exploded at the CIA, killing more than 100 people.
“He’s the most wanted criminal in the world, at this point, so he has to lay low,” the actor added. “When you do see Brody, hopefully of interest to the audience is, ‘What state will he be in? Is he surrounded by a bevy of Russian beauties? Or is he hidden away?’ But I do hope when you see him for the first time, it will be interesting.”
This much else can sensibly be revealed about the new season of the acclaimed cable drama:
As Season 3 opens, Carrie is again off her meds (“What are ya gonna do?” Claire Danes shrugged) and things are “pretty bleak” in the wake of the CIA bombing and the tragedy’s unusual circumstances (including what Carrie and Saul knew and when they knew it.)
Cue a Jack Bauer Season 7-style series of appearances before a senate committee, where things are said that perhaps cannot be unsaid. “Carrie does feel betrayal” on Saul’s part, previewed Danes. “But even though they’re estranged from each other [as a result], they’re very deeply connected.”
Gansa said a theme of Season 3 is “the cost that being an intelligence officer exacts on the people in that career. As a result of the attack, the CIA itself is on trial” and as such “Saul has to make some uncharacteristic decisions he’s not used to making”” — and with the fate of his very agency in jeopardy. “He’s actually fearful that he might be the last director of the CIA.”
Elsewhere on the canvas, the producers and a new batch of writers asked themselves the tough question: “Are we interested in watching the Brody family if Nicholas Brody wasn’t part of the mix? And the consensus was there is interest in Jessica, Dana and Chris,” Gansa related. “It felt like a very good avenue to explore, how this [terrorist act seemingly perpetrated by a husband/father] would reverberate down on these people.”
Also during the TCA panel, Gansa maintained Season 3 isn’t meant as a response to backlash about leaps of logic made last year (“Our 11 Emmy nominations are a nice comeback,” he countered); it was revealed that the show will return to film on location in Israel “for the last couple episodes of the season”; and Lewis did not take for granted his longevity on the series where no major character is safe. (R.I.P, David Estes.)
“These guys have been trying to kill me since Episode 1,” Lewis remarked. “But you must be ruthless with the story and with characters — so I’m sure there will be more [deaths].”
Homeland fans will be seeing less of “Uncle Mike” when the Emmy winning smash returns next September.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Diego Klattenhoff — who has played Brody’s army buddy and the “other man” in his marriage to Jessica — will not be back as a series regular in Season 3.
Reps for Showtime and 20th declined to comment, but a source tells TVLine that it’s possible the actor could be back in a recurring capacity.
The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that Homeland essentially wrapped up Klattenhoff’s story in the Season 2 finale. Curiously, Klattenhoff’s co-star, Morena Baccarin, is expected to return as a regular.
The silver lining for Klattenhoff: He’s now free to jump head first into pilot season, where he’ll likely be a hot commodity.
Homeland‘s third season launches Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c.