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Inside Homeland

The epic TV show has already won awards, and promises to keep everyone on the edge of their seats in the second season this fall
Marshall Fine
From the Print Edition:
The Brains Behind Homeland, May/June 2012

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Bromell believes that the second season allows for a chance to do more episodes like “The Weekend,” which dig more deeply into character than story: “We don’t constantly have to escalate the plot and blow shit up,” he says.

Cuesta adds, “The biggest challenge of the second season is to get people to like it as much as they did the first. So we have to find a way to keep the stakes as high.”

“I think we’re all wondering what’s going to happen,” Lewis says. Adds Danes, “I can’t anticipate what they’re going to do but I have implicit faith in them. I don’t doubt their skill or their chutzpah. I know they’ll put me through the wringer. The first season was a workout but it’s incredibly thrilling. I was fed by the work.”

Patinkin will bring the same approach to a second season that he brought to the first: “I tell the writers not to tell me what’s going to happen,” he says. “I want to find out when I turn the page.”

Gordon and Gansa relish the task of coming up with the second season for a hit show. It’s the kind of problem they enjoy having.

“We’ve got a very exacting group of writers,” Gordon says of the six-person writing staff. “Everybody has either created or run shows, so everybody has roughly the same amount of experience, and that shows. If we please them and ourselves, well, no one has a higher standard for the show. We don’t believe it will be good just because we’re the ones doing it. You’ve got to do battle in the writers’ room to get it through, and nobody folds easily.”

That brings him back to cigars, the smoking of which will feature extensively in figuring out just where Season 2 of “Homeland” will take Gordon, Gansa, their characters and their audience.

“I think there’s an analogy between cigars and TV,” Gordon says. “In a sense, TV like this is handcrafted, the way the best cigars are. I was a guest of the Fuentes once and when I watched them roll cigars, those guys were artists. Watching new cigars being rolled, it was like watching sculptors at work. The care that was taken demonstrated an old-world commitment to quality that I hope Alex and I bring to the show.”

Contributing editor Marshall Fine writes about movies and entertainment on his website, www.hollywoodandfine.com.


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