“Homeland” is the latest trending television show, and for good reason… The rookie series rocked the 64th Annual Emmys, leaving competitors for the big award in the dust…
The Showtime thriller earned itself a whopping total of 4 trophies for the night, including the ultimate honor for “Best Drama.”
So, other than the fact that it swept the awards and didn’t even give reigning champ, “Mad Men,” a chance, here are five reasons why you should be watching this year’s best drama, “Homeland.”
Showtime: As mentioned in Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon’s acceptance speech, this is the first “Best Drama” Emmy awarded to the Showtime network. Not only did the Emmy nod honor the mastry in writing, directing, and acting featured in the show, but also that of the channel’s long-running list of top notch original shows, including “Californication,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “The Big C” and “House of Lies.”
You Don’t Watch The News: Let’s face it… You’re busy and you may not be as up-to-date as you should be on foreign politics and the war in Iraq. And, while there’s no doubt this show adds a great deal of drama and fantasy, its creators are surely more keyed than you on the overseas situation. You can fill in the fill in the blanks by watching “The Daily Show,’ another winner on Sunday.
Powerhouse Female Lead: Though Sunday night’s ceremonies honored Claire Danes with the trophy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series,” this isn’t the first time that critics have gushed over her. Raving reviews, ranging from the Philadelphia Inquirer to the Wall Street Journal to Time magazine, have been quick to praise Danes for her layered and intense portrayal of CIA operations officer Carrie Mathison. And Hollyscoop can’t help but agree! … Also, she’s a babe!
A Presidential Seal: Critics aren’t the only people to slobber over “Homeland,” either… Washington, D.C. – which the show is based on - has commended the series too, specifically, the one and only President Obama. The Commander in Chief has been known to praise the show, even inviting its star, Damian Lewis, to the White House State Dinner.
Everybody Else is Doing It: “Homeland” is the highest rated show in Showtime’s eight-year broadcast history. Pilot broadcasts received a total of 2.78 million viewers in the US, not to mention all the watches on Netflix and DVR… The Season 1 finale followed suite with 1.7 million viewers. America was hooked. Luckily, if you’re behind, you only have one season to catch up on.
The Season 2 premiere airs September 30 on Showtime.
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