Wednesday, July 24, 2024

TV: “Homeland” Shocker as Damian Lewis Absent from First 2 Episodes of New Season


Where’s Brody? In the fictional world of “Homeland” everyone except Carrie believes he’s dead. And because of that, Emmy winning actor Damian Lewis will not appear in the first two episodes of the new season beginning September 29th on Showtime. WTH? This would be like if Don Draper or Tony Soprano were MIA from his own show. Lewis won the Emmy Award for Best Actor last September, and might even win again this September. You never know.

The news came yesterday in Los Angeles during the “Homeland” press conference for the Television Critics Association. The show’s producers say the reason is that since Brody is considered “on the lam,” he has to be off the show. Again, WTH? You could see building tension by not showing him right away in Episode 1. But two whole episodes? And it’s a little unclear from the comments if and how Lewis will show up again.  it also begs the question of what’s happened to his wife and children.

Lewis, a very much in demand British actor, could be pulling a Dan Stevens from “Downton Abbey.” He wanted off his show, and was killed off at the end of last season. Lewis is very busy, too. He’s already filmed ‘Downton’ creator Julian Fellowes’ “Romeo and Juliet” as Lord Capulet. Lewis and his actress wife Helen McCrory are also part of a big all star Civil War mini-series called “To Appomattox.” He’s shooting one film now called “The Silent Storm” and has at least one more on his docket called “The Lords of Magic.”

What he doesn’t have yet is his Colin Firth-type breakout film, like a “Pride and Prejudice” or “Bridget Jones Diary.” But that shouldn’t be too far off if Brody turns into a guest star in his own show.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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