Showtime Renews ‘Homeland’ For Second Season

Carrie Mathison will pursue her conspiracy theories for another year.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

In Showtime's latest drama "Homeland," Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison has relentless tried to find evidence that newly returned American P.O.W. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) has been turned by Al Qaeda to help launch the next big terror attack on the United States. And now it seems that the network has given Carrie more time.

Showtime has released a statement officially renewing "Homeland" for a second season of 12 episodes, presumably to launch in the fall of 2012.

"'Homeland' is just getting started," wrote David Nevins, Showtime's President of Entertainment. "Clearly, the overall audience growth from week one to week four demonstrates that this show is hitting a nerve in the cultural zeitgeist. Alex and Howard have created a psychological thriller that holds special relevance in the post 9/11 world. I'm quite confident that its passionate audience will be riveted as the season unfolds and people discover where this story is going."

Former "24" producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa adapted "Homeland" from the Israeli series, "Prisoners Of War." The first episode of the series drew in 4.4 million viewers across various platforms, making it the highest rated new series on the network. The audience has also been steadily increasing in the three episodes that followed, with last Sunday night's episode drawing in a series high.

Mandy Patinkin co-stars as Saul Berenson, Carrie's mentor at the CIA; with former "V" star, Morena Baccarin as Brody's wife, Jessica.

"Homeland" season 2 will begin production in the spring of 2012.