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‘Homeland’ Creators Talk Upcoming Season, Responsibility to Viewers

Showtime(WASHINGTON) -- During an interview for ABC’s This Week, Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that he feels a certain responsibility to viewers in the way that his hit Showtime show deals with its serious subject matter, which includes The War on Terror and use of unmanned drones.

“Yes. We do feel some responsibility…We do absolutely search our consciences as a group…and say…if this is untrue in some way or if this is…a dangerous idea or, or an irresponsible idea.” Gordon said.

Homeland in its first season revolved around a CIA agent, played by Claire Danes, who becomes entangled with a man held prisoner by al-Qaeda for several years, whom she suspects has been turned by the terrorist group. The use and potential consequences of unmanned drones are part of a key plotline in the show.

During his interview with Raddatz, Gordon acknowledged the real life complexity and subsequent controversy of using drones to kill terrorists.

“My only strong personal views is that it’s a very complex issue and that there are no good answers to it…I’m only a television writer, so I don’t pretend to be an analyst…I’m grateful some of these choices aren’t mine to make,” Gordon said.

Raddatz also asked Gordon if he thinks about the fact that President Obama, a notable fan of the show, may be watching.

“I would say so. But I don’t think we’d go into the room saying, ‘What — what does the president — what do we want to tell the president?’ We just hope he likes it, keeps watching,” he said.

Alex Gansa, who co-created Homeland with Gordon, also spoke to ABC News from North Carolina where season 3 has just begun shooting. He offered a preview of what is to come when the show returns in September.

“The issue in this season is what happens if it were learned that a major attack on the United States was sponsored by a state…the biggest piece of all is you know the aftermath of a second  9/11 attack…there is this interesting question which is, the CIA has proved in our show incapable of protecting itself. How can it be expected to protect the country…these are the big concerns we are going to deal with in the first sweep of episodes,” Gansa revealed.

“And then there’s the big question of where Brody is. Does anybody know that Carrie helped him get out of the country? And will they ever see each other again…there’s a couple of more surprises down the pike, I’ve spoiled a little bit already,” he said.

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"Homeland" Actress Expecting First Child

Charley Gallay/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Morena Baccarin is expecting her first child with husband Austin Chick, her representative confirmed to ABC News.

The 33-year-old Brazilian-born actress married Chick, 41, a director and screenwriter, in November 2011.

Baccarin plays Jessica Brody, the wife of former marine-turned-terrorist Nicholas Brody, on the hit Showtime series Homeland.

Baccarin’s baby won’t be the first on the set, however. Her co-star and former grade-school classmate, Claire Danes, gave birth to a son last December.

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American Film Institute Picks Its Top 10 Movies and TV Shows

Showtime(LOS ANGELES) -- The American Film Institute has announced its selections for the top 10 movies and TV shows of the year.

This year's honorees include Ben Affleck’s hostage drama Argo and Showtime’s Homeland.

The organization says its award honorees “are selected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike, make a mark on American society and represent the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television.”

The American Film Institute says it honors the creative ensembles involved in the projects as a whole.  The ensembles involved in this year’s top movies and TV shows will be honored on Jan. 11 at a luncheon in Los Angeles.

AFI’s Movies of the Year (in alphabetical order):

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

AFI’s TV Shows of the Year (in alphabetical order):

  • American Horror Story
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game Change
  • Game of Thrones
  • Girls
  • Homeland
  • Louie
  • Mad Men
  • Modern Family
  • The Walking Dead

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"Homeland," "Modern Family" Win Big at 64th Annual Emmy Awards

Showtime(LOS ANGELES) -- Returning favorites and new faces mingled at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards, which were handed out during a Sunday night telecast on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

On the new side, the freshman series Homeland emerged as a big winner, scoring the win for Best Drama -- the first-ever best series Emmy win for Showtime, in any category.  It also deprived Mad Men of a record-breaking fifth Emmy in that category. 

In addition, Homeland's stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, were named best lead actor and actress in a drama series, respectively, and it also picked up an Emmy for dramatic writing.

At the podium, Lewis cracked, "I don't really believe in judging acting, but I thought I'd show up just in case!"

A pregnant Claire Danes thanked her husband, actor Hugh Dancy, calling him "my love, my life, my baby daddy," and adding, "This doesn't mean anything without you."

On the comedy side, it was mostly about Modern Family, which picked up its third Emmy for Best Comedy.  Cast member Eric Stonestreet won his second Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy, while another Modern Family star, Julie Bowen, won her second in a row for best supporting actress.  The show also won for Best Directing, Comedy.

Onstage, Stonestreet, who's straight, said, "I never knew I'd be on TV as a gay man, but I love the pictures of hairy chests you guys are sending me, it's really amazing.  Thank you for those." 

Bowen, meanwhile, joked that her role on the show consisted mostly of "me falling down and making faces while wearing lipstick and nipple covers."   She repeated "nipple covers" several times during her speech.

A surprise winner in the comedy category was Jon Cryer, who won his first-ever Emmy as a lead actor for Two and a Half Men.  He was shocked, stating at the podium, "I'm stunned!  I did not win this.  This did not happen."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named best actress in a comedy for her new HBO show Veep, but when she started her speech, she said, oddly, "First of all, I'd like to thank NBC, Parks and Rec, my beautiful boys Archie and Abel..."  That was, of course, Amy Poehler's acceptance speech, had she won -- Dreyfus pretended to read it in error.  Poehler ran onstage and gave her the "right" speech.

In the drama category, Aaron Paul won his second best supporting actor in a drama Emmy for Breaking Bad, and thanked the show's writers for not killing him off.  The award for best supporting actress went to Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, who won last year, but that was when the show was in the Miniseries/Movie category.

Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron won his first-ever primetime Emmy for best reality show host, but at the podium, he noted that it was probably because Survivor's Jeff Probst, who's won the award four times in a row, wasn't nominated this year. 

He joked that he was glad that he'd beat Betty White in the category -- the veteran actress was nominated for her show Off Their Rockers -- saying, "It's particularly satisfying since she always kicks my ass in our mixed martial arts class."  The Amazing Race won yet again for best reality series.

Jon Stewart's The Daily Show won its 10th straight Emmy for best variety, comedy or music series. 

At the podium, Stewart held up his Emmy and said, "Years from now, when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit, they will find a box of these and they will know just how predictable these bleeping [awards shows] are!" 

Kimmel later joked that he saw Stewart backstage, "throwing away his Emmy."

In the Miniseries/Movie category, winners included Game Change for best miniseries or movie, and its star Julianne Moore for best lead actress; Kevin Costner and Tom Berenger, respectively for best lead actor and best supporting actor for Hatfields & McCoys; and Jessica Lange for best supporting actress for American Horror Story

When Moore, who portrayed Sarah Palin in Game Change, came to the podium, she said, "I feel so validated, because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!"

Despite Kimmel's best efforts, the Emmy telecast wasn't very exciting or interesting -- it felt quite flat.  There were a few amusing moments, though, including:

-- An opening segment in which an overly-Botoxed Kimmel was found sobbing in a ladies' room stall, saying he couldn't host the show because his face looked terrible.  A host of top comic actresses, including Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, offered to "punch his face back in" for him, which they did.  As a now normal-looking Kimmel headed out onstage, they pointed out he wasn't wearing any pants, so Ellen DeGeneres handed hers over.

-- A bit where Kimmel pulled 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan out of the audience, instructed him to lie down on stage, and then told everyone watching to go to Twitter and Facebook and post, "OMG! Tracy Morgan just passed out on the Emmys! Turn on ABC now!"  For a while, it was a trending topic.  Morgan actually laid there onstage for quite a while before being carried off by his arms and legs.

-- An "In Memoriam" bit where Kimmel paid tribute to himself.  As a montage of clips from his show was shown, Josh Groban was on hand to play piano and sing a dramatic version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."

-- Kimmel's opening montage, where he said Downton Abbey gave viewers "a sense of what it was like to grow up in Mitt Romney's house," and said that he doesn't want President Obama to watch Homeland -- the commander-in-chief's favorite show -- "for the same reason I don't want Charlie Sheen to watch Breaking Bad."

And one amusing moment was actually a mistake: Seth McFarlane came onstage to present the Best Reality Show Host category and started delivering his lines at a place on the stage where there was no microphone.   Realizing his error, he said, "Oh, the mic's over there," and walked over to it.  Then, he cracked, in the voice of his Family Guy character Stewie, "This is what happens when you don't come to rehearsal!"

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Primetime Emmy Awards Winners List

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the winners in the 16 leading categories at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  For a full list of winners, head over to

Drama Series

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Comedy Series
Modern Family

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Miniseries or Movie
Game Change

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore, Game Change

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race

Variety Series

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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"Homeland," "Game of Thrones" Win Top Honors at TCA Awards

Hemera/Thinkstock(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Showtime’s Homeland was named outstanding new program and HBO’s Game of Thrones program of the year at the Television Critics Association’s 28th annual TCA awards Saturday night in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Homeland actress Claire Danes won the TCA Award for individual achievement in a drama.

Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston hosted the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. His series won the award for outstanding achievement in drama. Comedian Louis C.K won the individual achievement in comedy award for his work on his FX series, Louie.

Here’s a complete list of the 2012 TCA Awards recipients:

Individual Achievement in Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: 60 Minutes (CBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
Outstanding New Program: Homeland (Showtime)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: Masterpiece: Downton Abbey (PBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Breaking Bad (AMC)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: Louie (FX)
Career Achievement Award: David Letterman
Heritage Award: Cheers
Program of the Year: Game of Thrones (HBO)

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Actress Claire Danes Pregnant With First Child

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Claire Danes and her husband, British actor Hugh Dancy, are expecting their first child, People reports.

Danes, 33, is a New York native whose career began with a 1990s cult classic, My So-Called Life. The short-lived series earned her a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination. She wed Dancy in 2009 in France.

Dancy, who is best known for roles in 2001′s Black Hawk Down and last year’s acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene, is set to star in the upcoming TV series Hannibal, which explores the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter, made famous by Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.

A representative for Showtime told People that Danes’ pregnancy is not expected to affect the production of season two of Homeland, which premieres Sept. 30.

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