Showtime Re-Ups 'Homeland' For Sophomore Campaign

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Showtime has given the greenlight to a second season of its freshman drama Homeland, the network announced Wednesday.

 The series, which stars Claire Danes as a troubled CIA officer who becomes convinced that a recently rescued U.S. soldier from the Middle East (Damian Lewis) may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil, drew its highest viewership this past Sunday with 1.10 million viewers tuning in for the premiere of episode four.

Homeland debuted as the network's highest-rated freshman drama series ever, generating 4.4 million viewers across platforms in its first week, said the network.

"Homeland is just getting started," said David Nevins, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks Inc. in a statement. "Clearly, the overall audience growth from week one to week four demonstrates that this show is hitting a nerve in the cultural zeitgeist. Alex and Howard have created a psychological thriller that holds special relevance in the post 9/11 world. I'm quite confident that its passionate audience will be riveted as the season unfolds and people discover where this story is going."