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TCAs: 'Homeland' reveals

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, celebrate Emmy wins

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, celebrate Emmy wins for their roles in "Homeland." (Sept. 23, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

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The just-concluded "Homeland" presentation at the TV critic's tour is over, and from it we -- and now you -- learned this: Damian Lewis's Nicolas (needs no introduction) Brody will not --repeat --not appear in the first two episodes of the third season, which arrive on Showtime Sept. 20.

"Strictly a function of story," per co-showrunner Alex Gansa, because "there is so much transpiring on ground in Washington." (And no, this does not comprise one of those "spoilers" some readers find so annoying -- Gansa was even asked if this reveal was OK to mention).

And without getting too spoilery in this post, a couple of other notes: Both Gansa and Howard Gordon explained that the new season (in part) will be an exploration of the CIA post the terrorist attack that closed out the second season and also -- by the way -- a handful of key characters, notably David Harewood's David Estes.

Estes' death pushes Saul (Mandy Patinkin, and no, he was not in attendance here) into the driver's seat, which he occupies uncomfortably, or as Gansa puts it, "Saul finds himself in a unique position, sitting in the director's chair and all of a sudden finds himself having to make decisions and with the [future] actual existence of the CIA in question, he has to make to make choices ... he's not comfortable making. .... He's a man loath to make decisions and is forced to make the most important ones of his life."

Yup, the CIA is on trial in the third season and so is Carrie -- Claire Danes -- who was here, and we will get to her a little later in this blog, so you may want to check back.

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