Here's something unusual from a Sunday morning news show: A preview of one of TV's biggest dramas.
On ABC's "This Week" this weekend, Martha Raddatz got a "Homeland" season preview from executive producer Alex Gansa. He spoke from North Carolina, where the show just resumed production. "Homeland" starts its third season in September on Showtime.
"The issue in this season is what happens if it were learned that a major attack on the United States was sponsored by a state … the biggest piece of all is you know the aftermath of a second 9/11 attack … there is this interesting question which is, the CIA has proved in our show incapable of protecting itself. How can it be expected to protect the country? ... These are the big concerns we are going to deal with in the first sweep of episodes," Gansa told Raddatz.
The CIA headquarters was blown up in the second season finale, and many lives were lost at a memorial service for the U.S. vice president.
Gansa also provided more details about the new season: "And then there’s the big question of where Brody is. Does anybody know that Carrie helped him get out of the country? And will they ever see each other again?" Gansa told Raddatz. "And there's a couple of more surprises down the pike. I feel like I spoiled it a little bit already."
Executive producer Howard Gordon said producers "do feel some responsibility" to viewers in handling sensitive topics. "We do absolutely search our consciences as a group, as a group of writers and say, 'If this is untrue in some way, or if this is a dangerous idea or an irresponsible idea? If the story is better told that way, or more incendiary that way, are we being incendiary for the sake of being incendiary?' "
ABC's "This Week" will air after midnight Sunday (early Monday) this weekend on WFTV-Channel 9. The show was preempted in its regular 11 a.m. Sunday time slot for coverage of the Indianapolis 500.