Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Showtime Running 'Homeland' & 'The Affair' Marathons During Thanksgiving Weekend

The fourth season of Homeland premiered in October.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Showtime will be airing full catch-up marathons of the current seasons of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Homeland beginning on Saturday, November 29th at 3 p.m. ET/PT, and the critically-acclaimed new drama The Affair on Sunday, November 30th starting at 4 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers can also catch up on the current seasons via Showtime ON DEMAND and Showtime ANYTIME. New episodes of both hit series return on Sunday, December 7th starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The marathon event comes after the recently announced pick-ups of The Affair for a second season and of Homeland for a fifth season.

Homeland's much buzzed about fourth season continues to draw raves from fans and critics alike, as Carrie Mathison (Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes) remains on the front lines of the war on terror as Chief of Station at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her mission pulls her into the complex dichotomy between international diplomacy and clandestine operations. The series also stars Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin, Emmy nominee Rupert Friend, Nazanin Boniadi, Laila Robins and Tracy Letts. Season four’s guest stars include Michael O’Keefe, Numan Acar, Maury Sterling, Art Malik, Raza Jaffrey, Mark Moses, Nimrat Kaur, Amy Hargreaves and F. Murray Abraham. Produced by Fox 21, the series was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa, Gordon and Raff, the executive producers for season four are Alexander Cary, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Avi Nir, Ran Telem and Lesli Linka Glatter.

The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. The provocative drama, told separately from the male and female perspective, uses distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue. Golden Globe nominee Ruth Wilson plays Alison, a young woman waiting tables at a popular Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. Her husband Cole (SAG Award nominee Joshua Jackson), struggles to keep it all together, both with his wife and the financially-strained ranch that has been in his family for generations. Their emotionally-charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Alison begins an affair with Noah (Golden Globe nominee Dominic West), a New York City public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate out on the island. Emmy nominee Maura Tierney plays Helen, Noah's college sweetheart, best friend, mother of his children, lover and wife of 17 years. Award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi serve as executive producers and creators. Jeffrey Reiner serves as executive producer and director, along with executive producer Eric Overmyer.

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