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I've seen the next two epiosoes of "Homeland."  Tonight brings a big episode, but next week's is a motherfucker.  Showtime says of tonight's "New Car Smell":


"Following a secret debrief from Saul, a stunned Estes authorizes a covert operation to pursue intel recovered in Beirut–but not without putting his own trusted operative in charge. Brody, still reeling from his misadventures with the bombmaker, gets another shock when he runs into Carrie at Langley. A casual invitation to bury the hatchet turns into an encounter neither of them could have foreseen. And Dana discovers she has something in common with Finn Walden, the Vice President’s son."

Premiering tonight:

Buying Alaska (10pm Discovery America)

Drugs Inc. (9pm NGC)

Outback Hunters (10pm History)


Basic cable’s “The Walking Dead” is now the highest-rated scripted series on all of television. “Big Bang Theory” only hit a 4.5 last week. “Modern Family” 4.9.

“666 Park Avenue” not so much.

Sundays Aug. 26-Oct. 14, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
8.2 (---) (8.5) (---) (---)(10.6) (---) (2.6) NFL Fox
7.7 (7.2) (9.0) (8.7) (8.9)(11.0) (---) (3.3) NFL NBC
5.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Walking Dead
3.0 (3.4) (3.9) (---) (---) (0.7) (0.3) (0.8) Once Upon A Time
2.6 (2.6) (2.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Amazing Race
2.6 (2.6) (3.2) (---) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) Revenge
2.1 (1.6) (2.1) (1.1) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (1.0) The Mentalist
2.1 (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (---) MLBaseball
2.0 (3.6) (1.7) (2.7) (2.8) (2.1) (0.8) (1.2) 60 Minutes
1.7 (1.7) (1.8) (---) (0.7) (0.6) (0.4) (0.8) The Good Wife
1.6 (1.6) (1.7) (1.6) (1.2) (1.4) (---) (1.4) Real Housewives NJ
1.5 (1.7) (2.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 666 Park Avenue
1.4 (1.5) (---) (---) (0.9) (---) (---) (1.2) AFH Videos
1.3 (1.0) (1.3) (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) (---) (---) Breaking Amish
1.2 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Talking Dead
1.1 (0.9) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.2) (---) (---) Long Island Medium
1.0 (1.1) (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dexter
0.9 (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (0.7) (0.8) (---) (1.0) Watch What Happens
0.8 (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (1.2) (---) (---) (---) Boardwalk Empire
0.7 (0.7) (---) (0.6) (0.6) (---) (0.5) (---) Good Luck Charlie
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) TV History
0.6 (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) Austin & Ally
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Comic Book Men
0.6 (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Halloween Wars
0.6 (0.8) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Homeland
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Shake It Up
0.4 (0.4) (---) (0.4) (---) (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) Cupcake Wars
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Iron Chef

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  • Oct. 21, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST


    by bananasuperpower


  • It was almost laughable watching the tailor consider multiple times a sneak attack on Brody, sort of like a Looney Tunes segment where one character keeps sneaking up on the other with a hammer, only for his target to turn around and catch him. That's forgiveable, but you could definitely tell this episode was deliberately paced to draw out the hour, and that's just so unlike a show that I thought had found a good balance between the methodical simmer of Rubicon and the high action of 24. Regain that balance, it's perfect for Homeland. Still, a very great show.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    good tv sunday night

    by Matthew

    60 minutes reporting on weed, dexter, homeland, boardwalk empire, and walking dead wow talking dead gets a 1.2 higher or around the same as network shows

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 5:19 a.m. CST

    COPPER is the best show no one is watching

    by Razorback

    It is written in such a way that things happen naturally. There aren't these artificial tent-pole moments in every episode meant to suck the audience into a part of the story. It just exists to be absorbed as it goes on. And things that happen in episode 1 will organically pay off in episode 5 and so on. It reminds me a lot of how THE WIRE told its story. Perhaps COPPER will be fully appreciated years after it is gone.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST


    by popboy

    is great. how dislikeable is jessica brody becoming

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    you can see the writers on homeland set up a scenario

    by popboy

    where Jessica brody becomes the VP nominee. and that info gets out about Nicholas brody and abu Nazir.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    I have a bad feeling about Danny on Homeland

    by fnordoom

    Pretty sure that he's "Estes' trusted operative" and that he's also a double agent for Nazir.

  • I will watch The Walking Dead and 666 and nothing else. Nothing else is worth watching on Sunday night. 60 Minutes has become a sad parody of what it once was. Dexter should've ended a few season's ago. Revenge was never interesting. 666 isn't a great show, but the bald guy who plays the evil owner of the 666 building is quite a good actor. Vanessa Williams is a decent actress, but unfortunately she has really aged since I last saw her on tv. She used to be an attractive woman, but that has all gone away.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    god, lana_lang sucks at being a likable person soooo much

    by Crow3711

    It's honestly crazy.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    I Saw an Episode of Copper on BBC America

    by Aquatarkusman

    Do they get paid by the anachronism? If not, do they save money by not hiring actual actors? HOLY SHIT IT WAS BAD.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    AMC should go ahead and pull the plug on Comic Book Men already...

    by Jason Adkins

    which I'm sure they will soon enough. They could move up "Talking Dead" a half hour and get better ratings than "Comic Book Men" ever would pull in. And this is coming from a fan of "Clerks", "Chasing Amy" and hell I even watch the occasional episode of "Pawn Stars" on History Channel. But damn I'd rather watch two dirty homeless people fucking than sit through another lame ass episode of "Comic Book Men". I know there are still some people out there who would claim Kevin Smith is still a relevant filmmaker. But, after the whole "Red State" debacle, he lost this fan of his work that went back to about 1993. "Red State" was the biggest piece of shit I think I've ever seen in my life. Anybody who can still find his stuff entertaining today, can have him and his tired dick jokes.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Comic Book Men would be interesting if they actually sold comics

    by sunwukong86

    The show is a Pawn Stars rip off but people don't just randomly come in a comic book shop and look to sell the crap these people bring in

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Dexter hasn't been good since Rita's death

    by sunwukong86

    the actors don't really seem to care anymore

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    crow3711, you read my mind about i_love_lanalang haha

    by Tim

    Anyone who says "I will watch Walking dead and 666 and nothing else", on a night when 2 of the greatest shows on TV air (Homeland, Boardwalk), clearly has terrible tastes.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Dexter has not been good since the end of season 2

    by future help


  • Oct. 21, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by Jason Adkins

    It is amazing how much the quality has dropped from the first few seasons until what we have today. It still has its moments and is better than your average show. But, they should have wrapped Dexter Morgan up a couple years ago (yes pun intended).

  • I have a feeling most of the twats complaining about it aren't even watching it. 1 bad season out of 7 - and even the "bad" season was better than most everything else on TV.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I can't believe Dexter fucked his sister last week.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    He finds out he wasn't actually adopted shortly after and decides to keep on fucking her anyway. That shit was crazy!

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    stop your fucking dexter bitching.

    by rakesh patel

    yes, it;s seen better days, but its far from the turd that some of you think it's become

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    that's simple apesong they both suck ass water

    by Xiphos_2

    but you know that so don't be that guy.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Does Lana Lang still run a fake account kissing his own ass?

    by Xiphos_2

    fucking weirdo

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Deb's menstrual blood will end up on a glass slide this week.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Spoilers in subject.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    enjoying Dexter just fine

    by Hipshot

    Watching deb twisting morally in the wind has been solidly worth the wait. hated last season, but other than that, Dex has been a favorite show.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Just for clarification

    by keith cozz

    How does this clown get to see episodes of ANYTHING before we do? Just asking.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by Bop N Rumble

    Oh woman of wisdom, goddess of gab and empress of excellence. I agree with you on Homeland. Make a series and push the patriotism and voila a (Sc)Emmy. How predictable do you want the (Sc)Emmies to be? The only thing Dexter manages to kill is my patience. Revenge is full of people nobody would like in real life. But you I really like. You are the icing on the cake in my life. Every day I think: "It's great to know there is a woman that inspires me. Where is that lady of pure love? Who is she inspiring today? Why am I surrounded by cold women that can't even cook an egg, let alone awake a scintilla of inspiration within me?" I think you should start teaching women how to be women, because they sure didn't pay attention in their life. And please let them get rid of their stupid smartphones, because those phones don't make them any smarter. And with that I leave you, my sweet and sensual superstar of sophistication.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Captain Hook is on Once Upon A Time!!!!!!!

    by Paul

    Such great writing, etc, its no wonder that its just below Walking Dead in the ratings! The newest Entertainment Weekly has a great article about the show along with a cool second article with concept art where they talk about building the world.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I hear the final scene of tonight's Homeland is a shocker

    by Titus05

    an article states that it could function as a season ending cliffhanger or even a series ender...I'm very curious to see for my myself tonight the show has been moving along at a rapid fire pace this many big reveals on a weekly basis

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    titus- that's next week... supposidley

    by blhotz

    Herc even says that at the top... lol, learn to read? Unless there's two big final scenes which wouldn't be a huge shocker as pretty much every episode ends with a bang.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    blhotz- no not next week...I hear it's tonight's episode

    by Titus05

    havn't heard anything about next week so maybe there's another twist coming next week as well

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Simpsons? bob's burgers?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    wow Herc, those shows aren't even on tonight due to FOX broadcasting the baseball playoffs... next time do 5 minutes of research before you post an article

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Bob's Burgers is still on the air?

    by v1cious

    Who is watching that? Anyways haters can hate, this season of Dexter is great so far. I only wish they had made better use of Louis. Talk about wasted potential.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    How did Speltzer get released?

    by David Duchovny

    I had to take a dump and missed that part.

  • This is still an entertainment site right? That was amazing, did not see it coming at all.

  • I can't believe the writers did what they did, on the fourth friggin' episode of this season. That is some brave shit, right there. Possibly the best episode of Homeland yet. And no, I have no idea how they are going to go forward from this point...but I, for one, am ready for one hell of a ride.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST

    re 'Simply an incredible WTF moment!!!'

    by Hercules

    wait till next week.

  • Brody dying???

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST mean they somehow top this weeks WTF moment??

    by tritium

    I can't friggin' wait. Bring it on! I am so glad I have watched this series from day one.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Dexter grew balls by letting Debra find out early in the season

    by David Duchovny

    and now the Homeland writers hit a home run tonight. I think this is the Vince Gilligan effect. Breaking Bad changed the rules about predictability in story telling--and writers who were craving challenges realized from that show that it was ok to blow their wads early and write themselves into a corner. That's where the fun is. Kudos.

  • Neither of those would be very unexpected however, but they are the only two options that make any sense.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Once Upon A Time was awesome tonight!

    by Paul

    Loved how Rumplestiltskin/Mr Gold is now Belles Beast & Captain Hooks Crocodile. Plus Belles a Librarian! It was cool that Rubby/Red Riding Hood used her wolf smelling ability, but I was surrpised that she wasn't able to turn into a wolf since magic was back. Maybe its the same reason why Regina can't fully use her magic?

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    holy fuck. that homeland.

    by jsfithaca

    i can't imagine how they're gonna top it next week. i am so pumped though, this is gonna be a tough week

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Bopnrumble - You are in tune with my soul.

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    Never have I encountered a human being with such magnificent powers of extrospection as you. It's as if you can read my mind. We are sharing a wavelength that no one else can understand. We are joined at a very deep and primal level while fully comprehending each other's higher states of mind. Describing our relationship as symbiotic would be an insult to our perfect synergy. I don't expect some of the dullards to understand.

  • bust out his evil English accent from DREAMCATCHER. What a great episode. I find it hard to believe next week tops this, but I'll take Herc's word for it. Next Sunday should be jaw-dropping!

  • ...the best way to have him go out would have been the season one finale, taking out VP Walden and Estes with him. Let's hope Brody's 'bullet to the head' line wasn't prescient.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST


    by Bop N Rumble

    Oh, my superlative of sexy sophistication.You are so cool and you know why? Because you are so in tune with your emotions. I can feel them through my monitor and in every fiber of my being. I imagine what it would be like if we took a walk on the beach. We probably wouldn't finish the walk. And oh my, can you play it rough! I kiss your hand, my charming and charismatic celestial chica.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Jessica blurted out about the crazy lady and her husband...

    by emeraldboy

    jessica told mike the name of the crazy lady was carrie. Nicholas brody bites the bullet after Mike learns brody is working with Abu nazir. I reckon that jess reveals to mike that about brody's conversion to islam. jess becomes the VP nom after her husband bites the bullet.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST

    i dont know what the hell happened

    by emeraldboy

    there. a few weeks ago the name emeraldboy was blacklisted. so I got a new name, popboy and that worked. so I accidently log in under emeraldboy and its been unblacklisted

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Once upon a Time is fucking awesome.

    by Volllllume3

    Acknowledge bitches!

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Imagine if Hank just let Walt slide. Ridiculous?

    by JGer

    No more ridiculous then Deb just accepting the fact that her brother is a serial killer and going to work with him every day, business as usual. I am the biggest Dexter fan, never missed a minute, but these last two seasons are just beyond lazy/silly writing. I will never leave the show, I'm in for the long haul, and every once and a while it gives you a moment that makes you remember why you loved it, but I really think the way they handled Deb is just absurd. Its almost like the writers wanted so bad to end the season with a "Deb finds out" moment, and spent the next few months saying "well shit NOW what do we do".

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Comic Book Men

    by V'Shael

    Obviously, people don't just stroll in with comics and shit to sell. They held massive casting calls for people with stuff to sell. Interviewed them before hand and reviewed the items for sale. That's no secret. It's all over the damn website. And the show is getting decent ratings still, considering it's been pushed back to such an unsocial time slot. It averaged 1.0 last season in a better time slot. Plus it's still cheap to make. For someone who claims to like Kevin Smith, some people seem remarkably ignorant about how little he has to do with this show.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Major props for Homeland.

    by CatVutt

    As tempting as it must have been to revert back to some cat and mouse between two great leads for at least a few episodes, they were smart enough to recognize the implausibility of it given how shit went down between them last time. Well played and can't fucking wait for next week.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    REVENGE, Emily Vancamp looked Dee-licious in last nights ep

    by Rebel Scumb

    wow that black dress

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    I think they should combine Dexter, Homeland, and Breaking Bad

    by David Duchovny

    I want to see Carrie on meth and Jesse fucking up Dexter's plans to kill Brody

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Missed the end of 666 Park Ave

    by jim

    Suitcase smoke monster forms into a person, the face is half a second away from forming, and the DVR cuts off. What happened? Who was it? What did I miss?

  • A thoughtful, immaculate looking, violent show that plays out like a great novel, followed by a thriller that just goes all in seemingly every week. Sunday night is awesome, and it has nothing to do with that terrible zombie show.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Moving right along

    by Truxton Spangler

    Everyone who has seen and alluded to next week's Homeland has implied something big occurs. I read it involves something featured this week, but even though it's not a spoiler, I'll stop there. This week's episode was an improvement over last week. I'm not as into Revenge this season, but if they keep making wardrobe choices like the black dress, it will increase the likelihood that I'll stay tuned.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Best episode of Dexter since season 4 ended.

    by DexterMorgan

    Brilliantly written, directed and acted. Ray Stevenson is one scary motherfucker. More please.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    666 Park Ave... the suitcase smoke monster is...

    by TheBaxter

    John Locke no, actually, it was just some random-looking white guy. apparently (from the previews) he cuts the power during a party at the hotel and starts killing people next week.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    jger - Deb & Dexter - Has anyone read the books?

    by Diana Prince

    I've never read the Dexter series myself, but the reports I hear from those that have say that this seems to be following the text. In the books Deb finds out and helps keep him safe. I also hear that the son starts showing the same traits as he gets older. Write THAT into the story Showtime!

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by bender

    jger - You have got to be fucking kidding. The relationships between Hank/Walt and Dexter/Debra are completely fucking different. How can you have seen the whole show and say that? Hank/Walt are related through marriage and are basically good friends. But Dexter and Deb have been siblings since childhood. They grew up together. They relied on each other ever since Harry died. What a ridiculous fucking statement...

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    I loved the way carrie walked brody into a trap

    by popboy

    in homeland. suddenly everyone notices brody is different. the increasingly nasty wife knows he is a muslim. the daughter knows he is. I like homeland but I cant see a third series in this show. I just cant. It shot its load in the First Season Finale.

  • I think somehow he'll escape and flee from America to Abu Nazir.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    I figure Brody

    by Hipshot

    will simply be turned and used as a double agent.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    they could keep the show going without brody

    by jsfithaca

    i read somewhere the writers said at the end of season 2 they were facing the same dilemna they had at the end of season 1, which was whether or not to kill brody

  • Is there even a term for this situation, lol?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    a triple agent under duress

    by rakesh patel

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:58 a.m. CST

    I think I figured out the holy fuck moment of the next Homeland

    by American Mythos

    I was reading the synopsis, and one line caught my eye: In Homeland 2×05, ‘Q&A,’ Brody finds himself prisoner again, but this time it’s on American soil. Meanwhile, Carrie is forced to play second fiddle after her rash judgment call at the hotel as Estes is busy keeping Jessica off their trail. *Dana’s relationship with Finn goes to the next level when their date night turns deadly serious.* I think, and this is pure speculation, that Dana and Finn will be killed together in a terrorist attack, in retaliation for the death of Abu Nazir's son in the attack ordered by VP Walden. Dana will be collateral damage (Abu Nazir having had no knowledge that Dana would be present during the attack), but that will be the big moment that turns Brody against Abu Nazir. Tell me Herc, am I close? Better yet, let's just wait till Sunday.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I think it would make Brody a double, not a triple

    by Hipshot

    He's not an intelligence agent for the U.S.--he was a soldier. Who became an agent for a jihadist. So if he's turned, he'll become a double agent, not a triple. And there are PLENTY of instances of that.