Pop Security: 'Homeland' scores for Showtime
November 1st, 2011
08:39 PM ET

Pop Security: 'Homeland' scores for Showtime

Editor's note: This is the first story in a new Security Clearance blog series called "Pop Security" which looks at how national security is addressed in popular culture

by Senior National Security Producer Suzanne Kelly

The slogan is "Sunday nights just got dangerous," which might help explain why Showtime is making a killing with the new espionage drama "Homeland" from "24" executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon.

The psychological thriller follows the homecoming of Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis) after being an al Qaeda prisoner for eight years. But CIA Officer Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes) follows a hunch and tries to determine whether the returning hero has actually been "turned" and is planning to carry out an act of terror at home on behalf of the terrorist organization.

Critics are raving about it. Newsweek calls it "the most addictive show of the season". Showtime has renewed for season two. "Homeland" executive producer Alex Gansa is pretty happy about that, too, though speaking on his cell phone from a trailer on the set of the Fox lot, he admits that at first he was a little worried about creating another "war" show.

"That was always the concern. Even when we were first approached about the idea, we wondered, 'Do viewers have "war on terror" fatigue?'" said Gansa.

Apparently, the answer is no. Gansa thinks he knows why. FULL POST

Filed under: CIA • Homeland Security • Intelligence • Iraq • Living With Terror • Pop Culture
Osama bin Laden raid gets comic book treatment
October 18th, 2011
04:31 PM ET

Osama bin Laden raid gets comic book treatment

By National Security Producer Jamie Crawford

You can soon add a new medium to the heavy volume of historical accounts chronicling the raid that killed Osama bin Laden – a comic book.

"Killing Geronimo: The Hunt for Osama bin Laden," a graphic novel about the hunt and killing of the world's most wanted terrorist, will be produced by Bluewater Productions, an independent comic book publisher. In the deal announced Tuesday, Bluewater was commissioned by publisher Simon & Schuster to document the events that culminated in the infamous May 2 raid by a Navy SEAL team in Abbottbad, Pakistan.

The title of the project comes from the code name used for bin Laden during the operation.

"This an epic story nearly ten years in the making," Jerome Maida, one of the projects co-authors, said in a press release announcing the project. "It's like a true to life Jason Bourne novel. And like those Ludlum books, it's a complex labyrinth of intrigue, danger and politics culminating in an action-packed ending." FULL POST

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