Showtime has ordered new seasons of freshman drama The Affair and veteran series Homeland.
The Affair will have a second, ten-part season in 2015, while Homeland will return for a fifth season stretching across 12 episodes.
The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair from both male and female perspectives. Ruth Wilson plays Alison, a young woman waiting tables at a popular Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. Her husband Cole (Joshua Jackson), struggles to keep it all together, both with his wife and the financially-strained ranch that has been in his family for generations. Their emotionally-charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Alison begins an affair with Noah (Dominic West), a New York City public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate out on the island. Maura Tierney plays Helen, Noah’s college sweetheart, best friend, mother of his children, lover and wife of 17 years. Co-creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi executive produce with Jeffrey Reiner and Eric Overmyer.
The fourth season of Homeland sees Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) continue to fight the war on terror on the front lines while working as Chief of Station at the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The series also stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, Tracy Letts, Laila Robins, and Nazanin Boniadi.
Produced by Fox 21, the series was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series Hatufim (aka Prisoners of War) by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa, Gordon and Raff, the executive producers for season four are Alexander Cary, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Avi Nir, Ran Telem and Lesli Linka Glatter.