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Showtime Boss on 'Homeland' Season 4: Mandy Patinkin's Saul Will Be Central

January 17, 2014 (7:53 am) GMT
'The likely plan for next season is that we'll see [Carrie] on the ground in a foreign capital doing her job,' Showtime President David Nevins dishes on the concept for the fourth season.
Showtime Boss on 'Homeland' Season 4: Mandy Patinkin's Saul Will Be Central

"" will undergo a big "reset" in season 4. Following Brody's death that's considered a big game changer in season 3 finale, the upcoming season of the thriller may have a different concept.

"This is a show that is fundamentally about a field operative and we really haven't seen her," Showtime President David Nevins said during the TCA winter press tour, "with the exception of the very beginning of Season 1 and the end of Season 3 - we haven't seen her out in the field operating."

Nevins teased, "It's going to be different next year and you're going to see a different Carrie story next season." He went on dishing, "The likely plan for next season is that we'll see her on the ground in a foreign capital doing her job," adding that Carrie's new path may run the course of one season or two.

As for 's Saul who's no longer working for CIA, he said, "I expect that he will be central, he will be important."

Defending the third season, Nevins said, "There were certain things that didn't surprise me. I thought that this season was pretty brilliant in its architecture. I thought it was very clever and very audacious what they set out for. I thought it was a really interesting season, but we always knew that we were heading towards a major reset."

Also during the panel, Showtime announced series pickups for 's comedy "" and 's drama "". The former is described as a dark examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.

"" actor Hoffman plays 42-year-old Thom Payne, who gets different advice from his colleagues about life. His wife Lee Payne, portrayed by , is looking for a larger goal, a purpose, a meaning when the best anyone can hope for is to be "happyish."

"The Affair", meanwhile, features "" alum Jackson as Cole, a tough cowboy who manages a ranch on the eastern tip of Long Island that has been in the family for many generations. He is married to Allison (), a young woman working in a pancake house who is trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy.

Their emotionally charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Allison begins an affair with Noah (), a good husband and devoted father of four whose settled, comfortable world is about to implode when he meets Allison, whom he thinks is his soul mate. stars as Noah's wife of 17 years who, over time, will swing back and forth from understanding to furious, and from forgiving to vengeful over his infidelity.

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