‘Homeland’ Gets Season 3 Pickup From Showtime

Production on new "Homeland" season will begin in spring 2013

"Homeland" has received a third season from Showtime, the network said Monday.

The 12-episode season of the Emmy-winning terrorism drama will begin production in spring 2013.

The pickup comes a day after "Homeland" reached a ratings record. Sunday night's episode of the series drew 1.75 million total viewers with its 10 p.m. airing, a high for the series that edged out the Season 2 premiere's total viewership of 1.73 million. The Sept. 30 season premiere was up 60 percent from its series premiere, drawing 2 million viewers over multiple airings.

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"Homeland" has been a critical hit as well, picking up six Emmy Awards earlier this year, including for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series.

“The Emmy wins for 'Homeland' have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” Showtime Networks' president of entertainment David Nevins said. “The writers, cast and crew of 'Homeland' continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week.  We can't wait for our viewers to experience what unfolds through the rest of season two."