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"Homeland" is must-see TV tonight; More on TWC's Showtime deal

By Alan Pergament

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I've been more than a little disappointed in the third season of Showtime's "Homeland."

Other than the episode that revealed a major twist dealing with the relationship between CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and CIA director Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland" hasn't been as compelling as it has been in its first two seasons.

There has been too little of Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) and his wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and too much of their teenage daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor), who has psychological damage from discovering her father is a domestic terrorist. Saylor is a terrific young actress, but this sub-plot is sub-par.

But tonight's episode is must-see TV. It airs at 9 p.m. on the pay-cable channel.

It has multiple twists and a powerful ending.

The episode also includes another appearance by Bill Sadler, the Western New York character actor. He plays the president's chief of staff, though that wasn't exactly clear until this episode.

It also isn't exactly clear where he is from in WNY. A few weeks ago, I called him Hamburg's Bill Sadler. However, a few readers said he actually was from neighboring Orchard Park. I interviewed him years ago at his home in California and he said he was from Hamburg. So I am sticking with that.

I watched tonight's episode of "Homeland" on a media website that Showtime uses to allow critics to see previews.

Until Friday, that was the only way I could see Showtime.

But on Friday, I signed up for Showtime after getting an email from Time Warner Cable offering the pay-cable channel for $3 a month for a year. It normally is $12.95 a month.

I thought that deal was as crazy as Carrie is sometimes.

I was surprised when a reader advised me that he couldn't get the deal because he didn't get the TWC email. After all, I had confirmed the deal Friday with a TWC press representative. So I called TWC and was told by a customer service representative that anyone who asks for the deal should get it. 

When I advised that reader about that, he said he still wasn't able to get the deal.

If anyone else has had the same problem getting the deal, plus email me at the address below.

At 8 tonight, Fox (WUTV in Buffalo) finally gets around to air the pilot of "Almost Human," the latest drama from J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Alias.") Here's what I wrote about it in my fall season premiere of Fox series.

 "Almost Human": Set 35 years in the future, the latest series from the prolific J.J. Abrams follows a damaged part-machine cop (played by Karl Urban) who practices police brutality and is trying to remember who ambushed him 17 months earlier. He is partnered with the one thinking part-human android (Michael Ealy) who is considered to be flawed because he has feelings. The cast includes Minka Kelly of "Friday Night Lights" fame. It is intense, futuristic, suspenseful.  And did I mention it co-stars Minka Kelly. Rating: 2 and a half stars



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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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