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'Homeland': Best new show?

Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison and Mandy

Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in Homeland, an American thriller television series premiering on Showtime Oct. 2, 2011. Photo Credit: SHOWTIME

"Homeland" arrives at 10 p.m. Sunday on Showtime, and if you have Showtime, check it out.

My colleague Diane Werts has reviewed it for Newsday, and you can pick up her take here. My view? She's right on the money: This is a terrific new series, with a very (deceptively) simple through line: War hero returns from captivity in the Middle East, and may have turned, while a neurotic, obsessive CIA agent tries to prove he's gone over to the other side. That's it.

Yet within those parameters lies the best new drama of the fall. Watching it I began to wonder: Why would a show like this end up at Showtime and not Fox or (especially) NBC, which so desperately needs it? It's Howard Gordon's latest project, and while Howard -- "24" -- is a superb writer and producer, he's also got commercial instincts. This could easily play on a major network with some minor adjustments. In any event, lucky Showtime. 

Here's the trailer:

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