Homeland

‘Trophy Wife’ Loves ‘Scandal,’ ‘Parks and Rec’ Loves ‘Game of Thrones’: How TV Shows Are Embracing TV Fan Culture

On last night’s episode of Trophy Wife, a fantastic comedy with an unfortunate name, Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) fell in love with the show Scandal. She begins watching the gifted DVDs almost by accident but slowly finds herself sucked in, first because of the similarities between her and the show’s protagonist — both Diane and Scandal’s Olivia Pope are clad in all white and drinking red wine — but then because it’s one of those shows that she just can’t stop watching. As the episode progresses, Diane goes from spiteful reluctance to full-on obsession: sitting literally on the edge of the couch, hushing people around her, staring agape at the television, and only moving to absently pop another cheese puff into her mouth. … Read More

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James Rebhorn Wrote His Own Obituary

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Watch Jennifer Lawrence Call Her ‘Homeland’-Spoiling Interviewer a Monster

In this edition of Stars: They’re Just Like Us!, we learn that even Jennifer Lawrence can have a favorite TV show… Read More

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What’s Obama Watching?

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, The Daily Show bids adieu to a beloved cast member. … Read More

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‘Homeland’ Season 3 Finale Recap: “The Star”

This week’s Homeland jettisons the show’s usual lengthy opening credit sequence (plenty moody at first, but a reach-for-the-remote button by midway through year one), presumably due to the episode’s full-hour length—there’s no time to lose, and that urgency carries through its opening scenes, as Brody literally cleans blood from his hands. “The Star” is the season finale, so appropriately enough, it begins with a series of exits: Carrie out through the back door of her hotel, Javadi making a nervous escape of his own (not yet sure if Brody sold him out), and Brody being escorted out solemnly, then stopped—for his visitor’s pass. His escape through the gates intercut tightly with the discovery of Akbari’s body, and he just barely squeaks out. It’s another close call for Brody, but he gets away, as he always had, and (as we discussed last week), as he always does. Which is what made this finale so surprising and, ultimately, affecting. … Read More

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‘Homeland’ Season 3 Episode 11 Recap: ‘Big Man in Tehran’

Following last week’s action-heavy Homeland, Slate’s Willa Paskin ran a bizarro recap insisting that the series on the verge of crossing the line into “fantasy.” “If Brody survives this mission, Homeland is a fantasy,” Paskin writes. “Homeland is ridiculous, but a word like ‘fantasy’ is a red flag. Even Homeland’s writers don’t want the show to be a ‘fantasy.’” When I read that assertion, my eyebrows furled with enough force to cause a migraine—wait a second, Homeland is just now becoming a fantasy? A show predicated on the writer’s construct/Glenn Beck wet dream of a kidnapped U.S. Marine transformed into a secret Muslim terrorist? A plot twist that revealed two different Marines had been brainwashed, and one of them faked his own death (even convincing his own would-be killer)? A series whose second-season climax concerned an assassination via remote pacemaker? (Oh, wait, maybe that’s not so fantastical.) The point is, Homeland has always been fantasy. What’s interesting about this week’s episode, “Big Man in Tehran,” is how keenly aware its creators are that it’s fantasy, and that we’re aware of it too—and how that colors where it’s going next. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, a TV musical and Dan Harmon’s latest project shake up the post-Thanksgiving viewing landscape. … Read More

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‘Homeland’ Season 3 Episode 10 Recap: ‘Good Night’

When Zero Dark Thirty was released last December, there was a good deal of sneering among “TV is better than movie” types that for all of its praise and awards recognition, the picture was little more than an above-average episode of Homeland. The criticism was a dopey one, borne out of an apples-and-microwaves comparison that (as we’ve discussed before) is fundamentally silly. But the idea of putting that film and this show up against each other is impossible to escape in the most recent episode of Homeland, “Good Night,” which seems explicitly modeled on the climactic passage of Kathryn Bigelow’s movie. … Read More

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‘Homeland’ Season 3 Episode 9 Recap: “One Last Time”

After sputtering, stalling, and sometimes all together stopping, we thought that Homeland was finally picking up speed on its way to the finale. Not quite. On last night’s episode “One Last Time” we’re once again in build-to-big-finish mode. The show greets us with Carrie Mathison in the hospital post-Quinn shooting her last week, leaving us with the question: is there no other way to stop a person walking toward someplace they shouldn’t be? Carrie seems to agree with Quinn’s course of action; when the doctor says that she’s lucky the wound wasn’t worse, she responds, “No, he’s just a great shot,” with a look on her face that suggests she doesn’t entirely disagree with Quinn’s well-placed bullet. … Read More

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