Rob Sheffield's 2012 Fall TV Preview

Your day-by-day guide to the 21 new and returning shows worth watching

'Homeland'

'Homeland'
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Showtime, Sundays Starting September 30th at 10 p.m.

The rookie season was a sensation, getting more intriguing as the Carrie vs. Brody mind games got deeper. It might have initially looked like a one-season mystery, but Homeland kept finding ways to push the narrative ahead. So as the second chapter begins, we still have to worry about terrorist mastermind Brody – and maybe also the fact that only loose-cannon CIA agent Carrie (Claire Danes) is crazed enough to keep up with him. She might not have a badge anymore: She got the axe, with a side order of electroshock, in the horrifying finale. But that just makes her more dangerous. In any event, Homeland has built up so much good will with its audience, nobody doubts this drama can keep the roll going.

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