Homeland signed for third series

  • Critically acclaimed U.S. television series Homeland has been given the green light for a third season by the American cable network, Showtime.

    Production on 12 new episodes of the Emmy award-winning drama will begin in spring 2013 and will air later in the year.

    "The evidence seems to be that more and more people are coming to the show," Showtime's David Nevins said on Tuesday.

    Homeland, which stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, picked up six Emmys earlier this year, including for outstanding drama series and outstanding lead actress and actor in a drama series.

    The U.S. return of Homeland on September 30 was watched by 1.7 million, a 60 per cent increase compared to the first episode of the first season.

    Viewership has been rising with 1.75 million tuning in for the fourth episode on Sunday night.