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'Homeland' Gets Two-Hour Return, 'The Affair' Premiering Early

Showtime's flagship drama will air back-to-back episodes on Oct. 5

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"Homeland"

Homeland is getting a supersized return.

Though the Showtime drama isn't getting a full two-hour episode for its season premiere, it will return with two back-to-back episodes on Oct. 5. That's also good news for incoming drama The Affair. The series is bowing on Oct. 12, earlier than originally anticipated.

“In the aftermath of Homeland’s stunning finale last season, there is such strong anticipation for the start of season four that we wanted to give Homeland fans an extra generous helping of Carrie and company,” said network exec vp originals Gary Levine. “Once we decided to premiere Homeland with a double episode, it made sense to use the momentum of that event to launch our newest series, The Affair, the very next week on October 12.”

Homeland has been beefing up its cast since the departure of lead Damian Lewis and recently released its first trailer. Showrunner Alex Gansa has promised a lucid Carrie (Claire Danes) — after several seasons of her suffereing with mental illness — being the focus of the first batch of episodes.

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