Homeland gets new series
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-10-23
The hit US show Homeland is set to be on screens for a while yet after producers confirmed it had been renewed for a third series.
While fans of the show are currently midway through series 2 - which is being screened on Channel 4 in the UK - TV network Showtime said that a further 12 episodes of the show would be filmed next Spring and shown later in 2013.
It follows the news last week that Channel 4 had already secured the rights to the third series of the show even before a third series had been announced.
Homeland, which is based on the Israeli series Hatufim (Prisoners Of War), stars Damian Lewis as US Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who is hailed as a hero after returning home from a terrorist prison camp.
However he may not be all he appears, with troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) convinced that he has been converted to al-Qaeda's cause during his time in captivity.
The show recently won Emmy awards for both Lewis and Danes, and has proven a hit with UK viewers with around 2m regularly watching the show on Channel 4.
However not everybody appears to be a fan.
The Lebanese government has said it it intends to sue producers of the show over its portrayal of the capital Beirut as being dangerous and a haven for terrorists.
Tourist minister Fadi Abboud said that the show had upset many Lebanese viewers, particularly since parts of it were filmed in Israel.
"Israel destroyed our country," he told the Associated Press. "Israel invaded and occupied our country. It was not filmed in Beirut and it does not portray the real image of Beirut."
Abboud said that the programme showed the city's central Hamra Street with 'militia roaming on it," and added, "This does not reflect reality."