Showtime Renews 'Homeland' and Freshman 'The Affair'

The hit thriller is going to return for a fifth season, while the new drama is given a second season order.

AceShowbiz - Showtime has handed out new season orders to two of its shows which are currently airing, "Homeland" and "The Affair". The political thriller from Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa is renewed for a 12-episode fifth season, while the rookie drama is set to return for a 10-episode sophomore run.

"In its fourth season, 'Homeland' has brilliantly reinvented itself," says Showtime President David Nevins. "It continues to capture the attention of a devoted fan base, and has provided an enviable platform for the successful launch of 'The Affair'. With thought-provoking, relevant and addictive storylines, both series have been embraced, dissected and much debated week after week. We're excited to see more from these complex shows in 2015."

The fourth season of "Homeland" has been averaging 6 million weekly viewers so far, while rookie series "The Affair" draws 3.9 million weekly viewers. The former show airs Sundays at 9 P.M. ET on Showtime, followed by the newbie at 10 P.M.

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