“In its fourth season, ‘Homeland’ has brilliantly reinvented itself. It continues to capture the attention of a devoted fan base, and has provided an enviable platform for the successful launch of ‘The Affair,’ ” said Showtime Networks prexy David Nevins. “With thought-provoking, relevant and addictive storylines, both series have been embraced, dissected and much debated week after week. We’re excited to see more from these complex shows in 2015.”
“Affair” bowed last month to critical raves. Series led by Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Maura Tierney examines the unfolding of an extramarital affair from the male and female perspectives. Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi co-created the show and exec producer with director Jeffrey Reiner and Eric Overmyer.
Homeland will return for a 12-episode fifth season in 2015. The drama remains Showtime’s biggest draw even after it blew itself up in Season 3, eventually killing off one of its central characters. However, the show’s ratings have declined in Season 4, as not everyone is feeling the show’s reinvention, which thus far as been uneven, to say the least.
Critically adored freshman The Affair will keep the infidelity going in a 10-episode second season, despite never topping 700,000 viewers in overnight ratings. But the good news is that the show’s audience grew considerably over the course of its first four episodes (ratings data for Sunday’s fifth episode was unavailable as of this writing), indicating that positive word-of-mouth—The Affair has frequently been named one of the best new shows of the fall—is having an effect.