'Homeland' produced by '24' alums
Claire Danes has migrated from HBO to Showtime, where she will star in the drama pilot “Homeland.”Danes will play a CIA officer battling personal demons while investigating the disturbing mystery surrounding an American soldier who had been held prisoner for years in Iraq. Danes won an Emmy earlier this year for her starring role in the HBO telepic “Temple Grandin.” “Claire is an amazing actress with an intense and varied body of work,” said Showtime entertainment prexy David Nevins. “We feel incredibly lucky to have drawn someone of her talent and accomplishment to what promises to be an extremely important project for us.” Former “24” exec producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who worked with Nevins when he was TV topper at Imagine Entertainment, have created the series with Gideon Raff, based on Raff’s Israeli TV series “Prisoners of War.” The Fox 21 production will be directed by Michael Cuesta (“Dexter”), with production beginning in January. The male lead role remains to be cast.