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James Rebhorn
TV Review: 'Homeland,' Season 4

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Meet the new, improved "Homeland." After two disappointing seasons, the Showtime series' dramatic culmination of its original story has shifted the focus squarely onto Claire Danes' complex CIA operative, and simultaneously allowed the producers to shed more irritating elements (see Brody, Dana). What emerges, then, in a two-episode premiere and subsequent hour is a show that lacks the initial kick the program delivered, but plays like a smart, spare thriller -- "24," without the James Bond-style super-heroics. "Homeland" might never be a truly great series again, but if it stays on this path it will be an eminently...

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