Watch the First Footage from Showtime's Homeland (VIDEO)

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Showtime has released two scenes from its upcoming political thriller, Homeland, which stars Claire Danes as a CIA agent who suspects that a newly rescued American POW who's just returned from the Middle East is actually an al-Qaeda terrorist plotting an attack on domestic soil. It’s based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War, and was adapted by 24 vets Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Mandy Patinkin also stars as Danes’ boss and mentor. This one owes a lot more to the underrated Sleeper Cell than to the quirky, female-centered shows that have been the cable network's mainstay in recent years. I’m in!

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