A 'Murderer's Row'

David Strick

The drama's six writers/executive producers at work on the Fox lot.

Alex Gansa: In addition to co-creating Homeland, the California-raised writer-producer, who got his start on such series as Spenser: For Hire, Beauty and the Beast and The X Files with Gordon, serves as showrunner.

Alex Cary: Cary, who ran Fox's Lie to Me, served seven years in the British military before moving to Los Angeles. He's able to keep Brody's behavior nuanced and accurate.

Meredith Stiehm: As the only female on staff, the Cold Case creator is relied upon for some of the more emotional Carrie scenes, including the cabin-set "Weekend" episode in season one. Like Carrie, Stiehm's sister is bipolar.

Henry Bromell: The former Homicide showrunner, whose credits include Northern Exposure and Rubicon, brings experience to the room as a veteran storyteller (of TV, film and novels) and son of a CIA station chief.

Chip Johannessen: Johannessen, a Harvard-educated guitarist, spent time on The X Files and 24 before running Dexter. Between the latter and Homeland, the writer best known for crafting thriller arcs got a law degree at UCLA.

Howard Gordon: Gordon, a New York-born writer, producer and novelist, was the ideal fit to adapt Homeland given his lengthy stint as showrunner on post-9/11 drama 24 and his passion for global politics.