[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the season premiere of Homeland. Read at your own risk.]
"A win would be nice. Another f--- up could be fatal."
Those are Saul Berenson's words to his CIA colleague Dar Adal around the midpoint of Homeland's Season 3 premiere — and they are almost an understatement.
Homeland boss on "quieter" Season 3: Carrie's questioning herself at every turn
Picking up nearly two months after a car bomb nearly wiped out the entire CIA, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Carrie (Claire Danes) and the rest of what's left of the agency are being scrutinized by a Senate Intelligence Committee led by Sen. Lockhart (Tracy Letts). As if the hearings weren't enough pressure, Saul also wrestles with whether or not to green-light a complicated mission that many at the CIA feel is the appropriate retaliation for the terrorist attack at Langley...
A word of warning about Season 3 of Homeland: If you're expecting the fast-paced, vice president-murdering thrills of Season 2, you might want to adjust your expectations.
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Picking up a couple months after "America's second 9/11" — a car bomb outside a memorial service for the vice president that pretty much decimated the entire CIA — Carrie (Claire Danes), Saul (Mandy Patinkin) & Co. are in rebuilding mode. "Everything that happens in Season 3 grows out of the attack on the CIA," executive producer Alex Gansa tells TVGuide.com...
Kinky Boots was the big winner at Sunday's 67th annual Tony Awards, taking home six trophies including Best Musical and Best Score (penned by Cyndi Lauper).
Even as a high school thespian, Michael Shannon conveyed gravitas. "I would always play the old guy; I guess I had a good old-guy voice," he says. Over the telephone, his gravelly timbre does make him seem older than his baby-faced 36 years.
As Nelson Van Alden on HBO's Boardwalk Empire -- a gritty confection of organized crime in 1920s Atlantic City created by The Sopranos' Terence Winter and executive-produced by Martin Scorsese -- that deep voice serves Shannon well. He plays a federal agent tasked with enforcing Prohibition, the so-called "good guy" whose personal faith and unrelenting drive for justice...