Homeland to "Freak People Out," Says Showtime President

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Homeland premieres on October 5 and focuses on a CIA agent (Claire Danes) who thinks that a newly-rescued POW (Damian Lewis) might be a terrorist.

In other words: the Showtime series can't exactly shy away from certain topics. Nor will it, network president David Nevins said today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Homeland is going to touch on some pretty dangerous themes [and] a lot of really hot-button issues I don’t think anybody else could get away with,” said Nevins. “There is stuff bubbling up in that show that is going to freak people out.”

In Showtime programming news: Shameless and Californication and House of Lies (a new series starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell) all premiere on January 8.

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Homeland Quotes

CARRIE: The only way to bring down Dar is by prosecuting the breach in the Berlin station under the Espionage Act.
SAUL: The breach itself was me. I was in the middle of it. I was the one involved with a Russian spy. […] Everything I’ve done. My entire career will be wiped out. All anyone will remember is that.
CARRIE: Keane is not ungrateful; she promised you a pardon.
SAUL: What about the Agency?
CARRIE: The Agency has survived worse.
SAUL: Not when the president wants it gone, which Keane does. You’re aware of that, right?
CARRIE: Maybe you shouldn’t have been fucking a Russian mole.
SAUL: Well, coming from someone who fucked a guy in a suicide vest, that means a lot.

Carrie: You're a runner now, huh?
Saul: Yeah.
Carrie: Since when?
Saul: Since Mira filed for divorce.