Showtime President David Nevins didn't waste any time addressing the elephant in the room — aka awards darling Homeland's uneven third season — during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday.
"From what I've read on Twitter, there were a lot of different opinions about the show this year," Nevins told reporters. "All I can say is thank you for being so invested."
When asked more directly about the critical reaction, Nevins praised the season, but...
Question: [RETROACTIVE SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE NOT KEEPING UP] I'm watching Homeland and Sons of Anarchy more out of habit than passion these days, after what I thought were disappointing seasons for both. But even so, I was startled when their seasons ended on such grim notes in December, with the violent deaths of major characters. Which surprised you more: Brody's execution as Carrie bore witness on Homeland or Tara's brutal murder at Gemma's hands on Sons? Or did you see each of these events as inevitable? On the same note, which show do you think is better positioned to bounce back from these game-changers, or did they maybe (and I know you hate the expression) jump the shark? — Cass
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from Sunday's Season 3 finale of Homeland. Read at your own risk.
Sunday's Homeland finale was the end of an era.
Homeland finale: Was Carrie able to save Brody?
After successfully pulling off the near-impossible mission of killing Iranian military leader Danesh Akbari, Brody (Damian Lewis) seemed poised to...
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from Sunday's Season 3 finale of Homeland. Read at your own risk.]
It's actually kind of funny that each of Homeland's three season finales have, in one way or another, hinged on the same question: Will Nicholas Brody live or die?
Homeland postmortem: Show boss breaks down the "magic trick" of Season 3
OK, so that wasn't really the question in Season 2; it only felt that way because Brody (Damian Lewis) seemed like he was living on borrowed time ever since he opted not to blow himself up via suicide vest in the first season-ender. But going into Sunday's Season 3 finale — which picked up moments after Brody, working at the behest of the CIA, killed General Akbari inside the Iranian leader's secure compound — Brody's odds of surviving his latest "suicide mission" seemed quite long...
Remember when the Golden Globes nominated Smash last year? Good times. There was no comically WTF nomination like that in Thursday's batch, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association kept us on our toes. Check out our surprises and snubs below, and then tell us yours.