Hit TV drama-thriller Homeland will be back for a fourth season in 2014.
Showtime officially announced that the popular series, which airs on Network Ten in Australia, will return for another 12-episode season.
"Homeland continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television's most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows," Showtime president David Nevins said in a statement. "It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons."
Starring Claire Danes as bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathieson and Damian Lewis as former Iraq prisoner-of-war Nicholas Brody, Homeland currently draws an average of 6.5 million viewers in the US.
In Australia, this week's Monday night episode of Homeland rated a lowly 404,000 viewers. Still, that number excludes those watching it later on Ten's new time-shifting catch-up website Tenplay.
Fans and critics have given the third season a hard time for its slower pace and a game-changing plot twist in the latest episode "Game On". We won't spoil it for those who haven't watched yet, but let's just say it involves a rather far-fetched change of perspective involving Carrie and Saul (Mandy Patinkin).
The show's co-creator Alex Gansa assured fans that the season will amp up from this point.
"This season will begin to pick up pace now," Gansa told Entertainment Weekly. "By the time we move into the last five episodes, we'll be back in breakneck speed again. In the writer's room, we've been playing a long con too."
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