06:48 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 10/28/2012 08:00AM
It's not just the fact that President Obama and the Television Academy (which hands out the Emmys) have named Showtime's Homeland their favorite show, but there is also the enormous contribution of its star Damian Lewis to consider.
Some look at Lewis and find a thinking person's sex symbol.
As for Lewis's perception of himself and his TV persona, "I know it looks like I'm thinking deep thoughts on the show," he tells November's GQ magazine about playing Nick Brody, "but I'm probably just trying to remember my next line."
Originally posted 09/24/2012 08:35AM
For some reason I started Emmy night worrying that Hugh Bonneville of PBS Masterpiece's Downton Abbey would win best actor in a drama, or that there'd be a Downton sweep. He gives a perfectly lovely performance, but it's essentially like watching Piers Morgan mellowed by a life of having valets brush his evening jacket.
But Damian Lewis won for Homeland, allowing my head to clear and track what I thought the Emmys got right and got wrong.
Got right: Homeland, Showtime.
Mad Men and Breaking Bad both had tremendous seasons, but neither was as brilliantly focused right out of the gate as this new political thriller. It was fitting, too, that the acting awards went to both Lewis and Claire Danes: They're a sort of Janus head – two faces, terrorist and counter-terrorist, each collapsing under the pressure of a duty to protect (hers) and destroy (his).
Originally posted 12/14/2011 05:50PM
What is this, a conspiracy?
Showtime's spy thriller Homeland, which I picked as my No. 1 show for 2011 in PEOPLE's year-end issue (and which is a pretty safe bet to dominate top-10 lists elsewhere), is homeless – at least when it comes to the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, announced Wednesday. (President Barack Obama, in the same issue of PEOPLE, reveals that the show is a favorite of his, as well. Just saying ...)
The show, renewed for a second season, wouldn't work if it weren't for the tense gamesmanship and sexual chemistry of Claire Danes, as a CIA analyst, and Damian Lewis, as a former POW whose life intersects suspiciously with a circle of Middle East terrorists. And yet neither is up for the award.
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