Well, this took longer than we expected, but alas, Homeland, the espionage series that beat Mad Men for Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy’s, is getting another pick-up. Showtime has officially renewed the show for a third season of 12 episodes.

Homeland‘s second season recently premiered to outstanding numbers. According to Deadline, that opener was up 60% from its Season 1 premiere, delivering 2.07 million viewers for the night.

The show was inspired by the Israeli TV series Prisoners of War, and developed by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. Claire Danes stars as former CIA operative Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis plays Nicolas Brody, a formally capture Marine-turned-al-Qaeda hostage and terrorist.

Besides ending Man Men‘s four year streak of winning the top-prize at the Emmy’s, Danes and Lewis won for their respective roles.

Showtime’s President of Entertainment, David Nevins said in a statement:

“The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season… The writers, cast and crew of Homeland continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audience weeks after week.”

Last night, the show delivered its most watched episode to date. 1.75 million people tuned in to watch. Sure, it’s nice for the show to get awards and recognition, but for executives, the numbers are what’s important. And Homeland just happens to be delivering on both fronts. If the show’s makers keep it up, Homeland could live for a long time. Thus far, the show has kept up with the action and suspense. We’re only four episodes into the second season, and already we’ve seen Claire Danes’ Cry Face like a million times.

Homeland‘s third season will begin production next spring.

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