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Sophmore Seasons

October 4, 2012

I finally watched the second season premier of Showtime’s Homeland and it got me thinking about second seasons. When a show has a successful first season, it’s kind of like the old metaphor of capturing lightning in a bottle. This is especially the case for network shows which have an incredibly high attrition rate. Once a show gets renewed for a second season, it probably enters equally dangerous territory. The reason I feel this is that the show’s writers and producers are now handling a treacherous balancing act. They want to maintain the ideas that made the show popular initially in an attempt to draw in even more viewers but, at the same time, they have to introduce new elements (characters and/or story) to keep the second season from being a total repeat of the first in order to hold onto the audience they already have. Given the number of shows that don’t make it past season two, again largely in network-land, it looks like this is not a trivial task. So, how was Homeland’s sophomore season intro? It looked promising but, we’ll have to see the rest of the season to see how well the series handles the balancing act.

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