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Dexter‘ and ‘Homeland‘ Hit Highs With Season Finales

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The Season 7 finale of “Dexter” and Season 2 finale hit records on Sunday night, with “Dexter” hitting a record for a Showtime original series and “Homeland” reaching a series high.

The 9 p.m. finale of “Dexter” drew 2.75 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated program in the show’s history, and drew in 3.43 million total viewers overall for the night — the network’s best-ever total-night delivery for a Showtime original series.

Sunday’s “Dexter” finale was up 14 percent from the season’s premiere, and 23 percent over last season’s finale.

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“Homeland,” meanwhile, drew 2.3 million total viewers with its initial 10 p.m. airing, a 32 percent increase over the season premiere, and 2.7 million overall for the night, up 31 percent from last week’s total and a series high in for total-night delivery. (In first-airing comparisons, Sunday’s “Homeland” fell-just short of last week’s initial broadcast, which brought in a record 2.36 million total viewers for the series.) Both shows had reached series highs with last week’s episodes.

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Homeland‘: Farewell To Greatness

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To remain a brilliant, top-tier show, Homeland needed a miracle in the Season 2 finale.

It didn’t get it.

What Homeland did accomplish in 70 minutes is hammer home the kind of show it will be going forward, which wasn’t what attracted most people to it in the first place. Homeland is now a full-blown love story between Brody (Damian Lewis) and Carrie (Claire Danes), a kind of “spy who loves me even if I’m crazy and maybe he’s reformed” kind of thing.

That’s not the show I’m really interested in watching. Primarily because, in the second season, I just never bought the Carrie-Brody connection. I never felt it. Probably because it made such little sense. Listen, Brody and Carrie playing a game of cat-and-mouse between spy and agent? Sure, that’s good. And this, apparently, is where Homeland has been heading all along. Now, I had always believed – and most of the people I’ve heard from believed – that Homeland worked best as a spy thriller. Had anyone said, “Oh, by the way, it’ll turn into a love story between these two” then I wouldn’t have invested the time.

My worry for Homeland is that it’s now precisely where the creators and Showtime want it to be – the spy who loved me thing, with the intricacies of making Carrie and Brody’s doomed love ever find peace and happiness. Ugh. I’m utterly convinced, from talks with people near the show, that this was the long term plan.

Unfortunately, what mucks the whole thing up is that setting the stage to get there was what made Homeland a great show. Having those two at odds – the cat and the mouse – was what moved Homeland. First it was “is he or isn’t he” a spy? Then it was, “will he or won’t he” perpetrate an act of terrorism on the United States? A quarter of that was Carrie having screwed up feelings about Brody because, well, Carrie is screwed up.

To have the finale be this elaborate, incredibly complicated plan by Abu Nazir – that needed an untold number of coincidences to be successful – wherein he exacts maximum revenge from the grave and still pins it on Brody is a step too far. That might have elicited some high-fives in the writers’ room (we pulled it all together!) but I fear it will be met with disappointment and cynicism from a large contingent of fans. Because to have that plan work out perfectly — flaws and all — just to set up a scenario where Carrie works to free an innocent Brody from a worldwide manhunt in the name of love is, let’s be really straight about this, an incredible letdown.

Now, just to clear up a couple of important factors. No, I don’t think Brody was playing Carrie so he can complete his ultimate mission. Create as many theories as you’d like, but the primary emphasis of this finale was to put the Abu Nazir storyline in the past while also having the after-effect be that Brody is a fugitive and Carrie will be tracking him (because, in the logic of Homeland, she knows him best, so you can’t take her off the case). But in the course of trying to bring him in, she will be working to clear his name. Maybe somewhere in Season 5 the doomed lovers can go back to that cottage in the woods, get a good night’s sleep and put their feet in the lake and exhale, growing old together.

That’s not the show I’m particularly keen to watch.  However, I’d be foolish to say at this point that I won’t watch Season 3. By then I may have put aside my disappointment for what Homeland could have been and for what I wanted it to be, and proceed only slightly begrudgingly with this new idea of fugitive and savior, with love at the core.

In the latter half of Season 2, Homeland got incredibly preposterous and lost its way. It was implausible. That implausibility undercut all the hard-earned praise from Season 1. And the show crept ever closer to 24, the comparison nobody wants (if you’re trying to make a great series).

In Season 3, it looks like Saul will be in command. Against all logic, Carrie will be retained. As a team, they will try to track down Brody (but for different reasons). I would watch that show for one reason – an increased role for Mandy Patinkin, who completely and utterly anchors the show. Maybe Brody will go all Jason Bourne on us – those movies are pretty great, you know. He will elude capture even though pretty much everyone in the world knows what he looks like. It could be a fun and entertaining show.

But here’s what it won’t be – Homeland, Season 1. That was a truly superb series. That’s the show I loved. Hey, it was great while it lasted. Most of Season 2 fell far short of the bar set the prior season. And now maybe Season 3 will have different expectations. Because it will be a different show.

(by Tim Goodman for hollywoodreporter.com)

 

“Homeland” and “The Big Bang Theory” top the list of TV winners.

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David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook was the big winner at the 17th annual Satellite Awards, which were held this evening at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Presented by the International Press Academy, which includes the European Critics Association, the ceremony saw Playbook take home five awards, including best motion picture. Russell was named best director and the movie’s stars Bradley Cooper andJennifer Lawrence were hailed as best actor and actress, respectively. The film also picked up a trophy for editing by Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers.

On the television side, Homeland and The Big Bang Theory claimed three awards each, including best drama series and best comedy series respectively.

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Anne Hathaway received the best supporting actress award for Les Miserables, which also was awarded prizes for best song, “Suddenly,” and best sound. The best supporting actor award went to Javier Bardem for Skyfall.

The award for best international film resulted in a tie, with France’s The Intouchables and South Korea’s Pieta sharing in the honors. Rise of the Guardians was named best animated film, and Chasing Ice, best documentary.

Mark Boal received the award for best original screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty, whileDavid Magee received the award for best adapted screenplay for Life of Pi.

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Other film winners included: Alexandre DesplatArgo, score; Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi, cinematography; Michael LantieriKevin BaillieRyan TudhopeJim Gibbs,Flight, visual effects; Rick CarterCurt BeechDavid CrankLeslie McDonald, art direction & production design, LincolnManon Rasmussen, costume design, A Royal Affair.

The television winners were:

Hatfields & McCoys, miniseries/motion picture made for television.

Julianne MooreGame Change, actress in a miniseries/motion picture made for tv.

Benedict CumberbatchSherlock, actor in a miniseries/motion picture made for TV.

Maggie SmithDownton Abbey, supporting actress in a miniseries/motion picture made for TV.

Neal McDonoughJustified, supporting actor in a miniseries/motion picture made for TV.

Homeland, drama.

Walking Dead, genre.

Claire DanesHomeland, actress, drama.

Damian LewisHomeland, actor, drama.

The Big Bang Theory, comedy.

Kaley CuocoThe Big Bang Theory, actress, comedy.

Johnny GaleckiThe Big Bang Theory, actor, comedy.

Special Achievement Awards were given to:

Terence Stamp, outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry.

Walter Murch, Nikola Tesla Award.

Paul Williams, Auteur Award.

Bruce Davison, Honorary Satellite Award.

Quvenzhane WallisBeasts of the Southern Wild, Newcomer Award

Benh ZeitlinBeasts of the Southern Wild, Humanitarian Award.

Les Miserables, best ensemble, motion picture.

Walking Dead, best ensemble, television.

 

(by by Gregg Kilday for hollywoodreporter.com)

Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 2013 Golden Globes Announcement

1.    BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a.    ARGO
Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

b.    DJANGO UNCHAINED
The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; The Weinstein Company/Sony Pictures Releasing

c.    LIFE OF PI
Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox

d.    LINCOLN
DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox; Touchstone Pictures

e.    ZERO DARK THIRTY
Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

2.    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a.    Jessica Chastain     ZERO DARK THIRTY

b.    Marion Cotillard    RUST AND BONE

c.    Helen Mirren    HITCHCOCK

d.    NAOMI WATTS     THE IMPOSSIBLE

e.    Rachel Weisz     THE DEEP BLUE SEA

3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a.    Daniel Day-Lewis     LINCOLN

b.    Richard Gere         ARBITRAGE

c.    JOHN HAWKES         THE SESSIONS

d.    Joaquin Phoenix     THE MASTER

e.    Denzel Washington FLIGHT

4.    BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a.    THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Blueprint Pictures/Participant Media; Fox Searchlight Pictures

b.    LES MISERABLES
Universal Pictures, A Working Title Films/Cameron Mackintosh Productions; Universal Pictures

c.    MOONRISE KINGDOM
Indian Paintbrush; Focus Features

d.    SALMON FISH IN GIN THE YEMEN
CBS Films; CBS Films

e.    SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company

5.    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a.    Emily Blunt         SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

b.    Judi Dench             THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

c.    Jennifer Lawrence  SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

d.    Maggie Smith         QUARTET

e.    Meryl Streep         HOPE SPRINGS

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a.    Jack Black             BERNIE

b.    BRADLEY COOPER     SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

c.    Hugh Jackman         LES MISERABLES

d.    Ewan McGregor     SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

e.    Bill Murray         HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

7.    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

a.    BRAVE
Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

b.    FRANKENWEENIE
Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Pictures

c.    HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Releasing

d.    RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
DreamWorks Animation LLC; Paramount Pictures

e.    WRECK-IT RALPH
Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

8.    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

a.    AMOUR (AUSTRIA)
Les Films Du Losange, X Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film; Sony Pictures Classics

b.    AROYALAFFAIR (DENMARK)
(En kongelig affære) 
Zentropa Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures

c.    THE INTOUCHABLES (FRANCE)
(Les Intouchables) 
The WeinstenCompany, Quad Productions, Gaumont, TF1 Films Production, Ten Films, Chaocorp; The Weinstein Company

d.    KON-TIKI (NORWAY/UK/DENMARK)
Nordisk Film Production, Recorded Picture Company; The Weinstein Company

e.    RUST AND BONE (FRANCE)
(De rouille et d’os) 
Page 114, Why Not Productions; Sony Pictures Classics

9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

a.    Amy Adams             THE MASTER

b.    Sally Field             LINCOLN

c.    Anne Hathaway     LES MISERABLES

d.    Helen Hunt         THE SESSIONS

e.    Nicole Kidman         THE PAPERBOY

10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

a.    Alan Arkin                 ARGO

b.    Leonardo DiCaprio         DJANGO UNCHAINED

c.    Philip Seymour Hoffman  THE MASTER

d.    Tommy Lee Jones          LINCOLN

e.    Christoph Waltz         DJANGO UNCHAINED

11. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

a.    Ben Affleck             ARGO

b.    Kathryn Bigelow         ZERO DARK THIRTY

c.    Ang Lee                 LIFE OF PI

d.    Steven Spielberg         LINCOLN

e.    Quentin Tarantino         DJANGO UNCHAINED

12. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

a.    Mark Boal                 ZERO DARK THIRTY

b.    Tony Kushner             LINCOLN

c.    David O. Russell         SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

d.    Quentin Tarantino         DJANGO UNCHAINED

e.    CHRIS TERRIO             ARGO

13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

a.    MYCHAEL DANNA         LIFE OF PI

b.    Alexandre Desplat     ARGO

c.    Dario Marianelli         ANNA KARENINA

d.    TOM TYKWER,            CLOUD ATLAS

e.     JOHNNY KLIMEK,

f.    REINHOLD HEIL

g.    John Williams             LINCOLN

14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

a.    “FOR YOU” — ACT OF VALOR
Music by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban Lyrics by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban

b.    “NOT RUNNING ANYMORE”—STAND UP GUYS
Music by: Jon Bon Jovi Lyrics by: Jon Bon Jovi

c.    “SAFE & SOUND” — THE HUNGER GAMES
Music by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett

d.    “SKYFALL”—SKYFALL
Music by: Adele, Paul Epworth Lyrics by: Adele, Paul Epworth

e.    “SUDDENLY” — LES MISERABLES
Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg

15. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a.    BREAKING BAD
AMC 
Sony Pictures Television

b.    BOARDWALK EMPIRE
HBO 
Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

c.    DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2
PBS 
A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production

d.    HOMELAND
SHOWTIME 
SHOWTIME, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21

e.    THE NEWSROOM
HBO 
HBO Entertainment

16. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a.    CONNIE BRITTON                 NASHVILLE

b.    Glenn Close                 DAMAGES

c.    Claire Danes                 HOMELAND

d.    MICHELLE DOCKERY             DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2

e.    Julianna Margulies          THE GOOD WIFE

17. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a.    Steve Buscemi                 BOARDWALK EMPIRE

b.    Bryan Cranston              BREAKING BAD

c.    Jeff Daniels                 THE NEWSROOM

d.    Jon Hamm                      MAD MEN

e.    Damian Lewis                 HOMELAND

18. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a.    THE BIG BANG THEORY
CBS 
Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

b.    EPISODES
SHOWTIME 
SHOWTIME, Hat Trick Productions, Crane Klarik Productions

c.    GIRLS
HBO 
Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

d.    MODERN FAMILY
ABC 
Levitan-Lloyd Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television

e.    SMASH
NBC

19. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a.    ZOOEY DESCHANEL                     NEW GIRL

b.    Julia Louis-Dreyfus                 VEEP

c.    LENA DUNHAM                         GIRLS

d.    Tina Fey                                 30 ROCK

e.    Amy Poehler                         PARKS AND RECREATION

20. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a.    Alec Baldwin                         30 ROCK

b.    Don Cheadle                         HOUSE OF LIES

c.    LOUIS C.K.                             LOUIE

d.    Matt LeBlanc                         EPISODES

e.    Jim Parsons                             THE BIG BANG THEORY

21. BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.    GAME CHANGE
HBO 
Playtone and Everyman Pictures in association with HBO Films

b.    THE GIRL
HBO 
A Wall to Wall, Warner Bros Entertainment GmbH, Moonlighting and BBC Production in association with HBO Films

c. HATFIELDS & MCCOYS 
HISTORY Thinkfactory Media in association with History

d.    THE HOUR
BBC AMERICA 
Kudos Film and Television/BBC America co-production

e.    POLITICAL ANIMALS
USA NETWORK Berlanti Productions and Laurence Mark Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television

22. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.    Nicole Kidman                     HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN

b.    Jessica Lange                     AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM

c.    SIENNA MILLER                     THE GIRL

d.    Julianne Moore                 GAME CHANGE

e.    Sigourney Weaver                  POLITICAL ANIMALS

23. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.    Kevin Costner                     HATFIELDS & MCCOYS

b.    BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH              SHERLOCK (MASTERPIECE)

c.    Woody Harrelson                 GAME CHANGE

d.    TOBY JONES                         THE GIRL

e.    Clive Owen                         HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN

24. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.    HAYDEN PANETTIERE                 NASHVILLE

b.    ARCHIE PANJABI                     THE GOOD WIFE

c.    Sarah Paulson                     GAME CHANGE

d.    Maggie Smith                     DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2

e.    Sofia Vergara                      MODERN FAMILY

25. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.    MAX GREENFIELD                 NEW GIRL

b.    Ed Harris                         GAME CHANGE

c.    DANNY HUSTON                     MAGIC CITY

d.    Mandy Patinkin                 HOMELAND

e.    Eric Stonestreet                 MODERN FAMILY

 

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