We have a three-and-a-half-minute first look at Showtime’s new series Homeland, which the network picked up last week for 12 episodes. The thriller stars Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Anderson, who begins to suspect that the recent rescue of longtime POW Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) is actually one piece in a larger terrorist plot by al Qaeda. The always welcome Mandy Patinkin also stars, as Anderson’s boss/mentor Saul Berenson. Watch the clip after the jump.

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Am I the only one who misses 24? I long for the days where Kiefer Sutherland’s raspy voice would yell at me from my TV screen on a weekly basis. I miss Jack Bauer’s unquestioning, “JUST GET IT DONE” mentality, ACLU be damned. I miss a show that tried, every week, to give us a thrill while trying to adhere to the brutal strictures of a real-time format. I miss the unending series of broken relationships and destroyed lives that were left in Bauer’s wake, serving as a constant reminder that the costs of serving one’s country can be high, and that maybe my life isn’t so bad after all.

Anyway, enough of my reminiscing. According to a recent interview with 24 executive producer Howard Gordon, Bauer was supposed to meet a different end than the one that befell him in the series finale. Hit the jump to find out what it was, though it’s not too hard to guess if you’re already a fan of the show. Spoilers for 24 (the entire series) obviously follow.
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We’ve got a great deal of TV odds and ends to present to you, so let’s kick off with one that is a big deal to those involved: Syfy has decided not to pick up Stargate Universe for a third season, which is a nice way of saying the show is canceled.

A Stargate show has been on the air since 1997, but the numbers for the first season of Universe were low — Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, in their best days, had twice the draw of Universe. The final episodes of the show will air as planned. [Variety]

After the break, news on Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Locke & Key and the proposed 24 spin-off film. Read More »


Roland Emmerich‘s next disaster film 2012 won’t hit theaters for a couple weeks (November 13th), but a sequel has already been planned… but not the normal kind of sequel. Entertainment Weekly has learned that Emmerich and executive producer Howard Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) are also developing a television drama titled 2013, which would be about what happens after the disaster. Gordon has already entered talks with ABC to develop the series, and if it does happen, don’t expect a lot of action to take place on the small screen, as this would be a drama set in a post apocalyptic setting.

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