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The Hottest Ginger Heads to Showtime

By Cindy Davis | Industry | December 22, 2010 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | December 22, 2010 |

Damien Lewis is pretty:


and he’s been off our television screens far too long since “Life” was so cruelly and unjustly ripped from NBC’s schedule. But it seems our prayers have been answered by Showtime; according to Deadline, Lewis has been cast as the lead in a new pilot called “Homeland”. I’d read about the show details before, but wasn’t terribly interested until this latest development. For the Jack Bauer fans, “Homeland” has a bit of a “24” vibe going and in fact, will be executive produced by former “24”-ers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.

Lewis is at home playing authority figures on either side of the law (“Life”, The Escapist, “Band of Brothers”) and this new role seems a bit of a mix. He’ll play Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, just returning to the U.S. after having been a Baghdad P.O.W. the past eight years. Finally rescued and reunited with his family, Brody is understandably scarred by his experience. But though he is returned a hero, the government -in the form of CIA agent Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes) - suspects him of possibly plotting an attack against his homeland.

Sounds like a cool premise when I think about Lewis playing up the duality of the role. I’m not sure how long the plot can be sustained, since eventually we have to find out whether or not Brody is working for the other side - in fact, that idea in itself leads me to believe nefarious deeds must be underfoot.

“Homeland” will also star Mandy Patinkin (“Criminal Minds, Dead Like Me”, The Princess Bride) and David Harewood (“Doctor Who, Robin Hood”, Blood Diamond) and will air in 2011.

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