Sunday Spotlight: Inside 'Homeland'

"Homeland" co-creators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa discuss their hit show.
5:15 | 05/26/13

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Transcript for Sunday Spotlight: Inside 'Homeland'
And now, our "sunday spotlight" shining on the creators of showtime's hit thriller "homeland." A high-stakes drama that plots parallel many of the security issues we have been talking about this week. From drone strikes to terror threats at home howard gordon and alex gansa reveal how they came up with those fascinating story lines. Plus, a sneak peek at season three. My name is nicholas brody. And I'm a sergeant in the united states marine corps. What story could possibly animated an american soldier in captivity or not to become a trr. The idea of brody of having gotten close to his captor's son. A drone missile hit and destroyed part of a compound in the mountains of northern iraq. For that son to be killed among children in a drone strikes, we felt that's something that may take somebody and think twice about who is good and who is bad. You have clear views about -- I don't -- my only strong personal view is that it's a very complex issue. And there are no answers to it. War is a messy business. I'm only a television writer. So, I don't pretend to be an analyst. I'm grateful some of these choices aren't mine to make. You say you're a writer of television. But it's pretty profound television. I think, absolutely. We love to present the complexities. Not in a reductive way and not as propaganda to present the issue and let people do their own thinking and bring to bear their own thinking about a subject. There's this moral ambiguity in a lot of these issues. Yes. Two returning soldiers, we took from that the idea of how come there's no soldier returning from war on american television? Who's not -- perfect hero. The perfect hero, or a dark, broken guy who's sort of some vigilante on the street of new york. You have "homeland" and so many other shows like it, any part of you that worries, the only place they'll see is it on television, do you feel some responsibility? Yes, we do feel some responsibility. We do absolutely search our consciences as a group of writers. Untrue in some way? Is this a dangerous idea? Or an irresponsible idea? If the story is better told that way, are we being incendiary for the sake of being incendiary? Do you ever think president obama is watching? We don't go into the room saying, what do we want to tell the president? We just hopes he likes it. Alex gansa is co-creator of the show. He spoke to us from north carolina. Where the team has just begun shooting the highly-anticipated third season. We also tend to be real -- we love to talk about it. We like to debate world events. Than talking about the "homeland" story. Bombmaker told me an american prisoner of war had been turned. The reason it's been successful is because of claire danes and damian lewis. Somebody actually came up with that language. I think those actors are so engaging and so committed, they're hard to take your eyes off. Going forward, I know that you're not going to give away plot lines, anything you want to say for next season? I'll let alex do that. What happens in this season is, if it were learned that a major attack on the united states was sponsored by a state? These are the big concerns that we're going to be deal with in the first sweep of episodes. And then there's the big question about, where brody is. Back in the woods. Seems to be our place. Does anyone know? And where will they ever see each other again? You're not coming, are you? There are other surprises down the pike. I spoiled a little bit already. Our thanks to howard and alex. "Homeland" premieres in september on showtime. And now, we honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. This week, the pentagon released the namehree soldiers killed in afghanistan. That's all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your sunday with us. Check out "world news" with david muir tonight. We leave you on this memorial day weekend with images this morning from washington's world

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