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Claire Danes joins CIA in new Showtime TV series 'Homeland'

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04/07/2011 by Olivia Allin

Claire Danes is returning to television with her own Showtime series, "Homeland," which is based on an Israeli show and sees the actress playing a CIA officer.

The network said in a statement on Thursday, April 7 that it has ordered 12 one-hour episodes of the psychological thriller series.

"Homeland" will be Danes' first series since "My So-Called Life," which launched the actress' career and earned her a Golden Globe in 1995. Danes also appeared in the TV biopic "Temple Grandin" last year. She took home an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of the autistic scientist.

The Showtime Drama will also star Golden Globe nominee Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin, who is perhaps most recognizable for his role as Inigo Montoya in "The Princess Bride."

"Homeland" will follow CIA officer Carrie Anderson (Danes) who is convinced that the rescue of Scott Brody (Lewis) a U.S. soldier who was missing for nine years, was a setup and may lead to an Al Qaeda attack on American soul. Saul (Patinkin) is a CIA Division Chief and Anderson's mentor and boss.

The series was written by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Giedeon Raff, whose Israeli television series "Prisoners of War" inspired "Homeland."

Aside from television, Danes has also starred in movies like "Romeo + Juliet," "Igby Goes Down," "The Hours," "Stage Beauty" and most recently "Me and Orson Welles."

Danes dated her "Stage Beauty" co-star Billy Crudup for several years, which caused negative publicity due to the fact that it allegedly ended Crudup's relationship with the then-pregnant Mary-Louise Parker, though the couple denied those reports. In 2006, their relationship ended and Danes fell in love with her "Evening" co-star Hugh Dancy. The two got married in 2009.

Also joining Showtime's roster is the half-hour comedy "House of Lies," starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. The series is based on Martin Kihn's book, "House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time" and follows Cheadle as a self-loathing cutthroat consultant from a top-tier firm.

"On the heels of successfully launching our four freshman series in the last 8 months, we're excited to introduce the next wave of Showtime shows," said Showtime's President of Entertainment David Nevins in a statement. "'Homeland' and 'House of Lies' are audacious in both their concept and their casting. They build upon the network's successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a Showtime series can be."

Both series are slated to start production in the summer of 2011.

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