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'Homeland' gets a 'major reset' for Season 4
'Homeland' gets a 'major reset' for Season 4

Perhaps no other show on the air has experienced such whiplash-inducing extremes of praise and criticism as "Homeland," a program that's become a cautionary tale about the dangers of creating ambitious television in an era of relentless scrutiny and ever-increasing expectations. A critical darling and instant sensation when it premiered in 2011, the Showtime series had, by the end of its third season last year, become a pop culture punching bag, thanks to plot twists that occasionally strained credulity or were, according to some, executed in bad faith. Not only did the critics howl, but the awards suddenly dried up: In 2012, "Homeland" swept the Emmys, including...

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