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'Homeland' could survive without Damian Lewis, says Showtime boss

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Homeland could survive without Damian Lewis, Showtime's David Nevins has claimed.

Speaking at the TCA press tour, the cable network's President of Entertainment refused to confirm if Lewis would return for the drama's third season, but admitted that he could imagine the series continuing in his absence.

Homeland S02E12: 'The Choice'

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"Everything on that show is vigorously debated, but if, after the end of that vigorous debate, [his absence] made sense, storywise, I could conceivably say yes to that," said Nevins.

Asked about Lewis's current status, he replied: "It's perfectly fair to ask, but how fun would it be if I gave you any of those spoilers?"

Lewis revealed last month that he has signed a seven-year Homeland contract, but insisted that his deal did not guarantee a future on the series.

"That [contract] doesn't mean anything," he claimed. "They can kill me whenever they want."

Homeland S02E11: 'In Memoriam'

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The actor's co-star David Harewood also argued that his character - CIA operative David Estes - was "justified" in targeting Brody for death.

"I think he had to go," Harewood explained. "I mean, this was a guy who put on a suicide vest. This was a guy who was prepared to blow up half the American administration - including me!"

The character of Brody was last seen going on the run in Homeland's season two finale after being framed for a terrorist attack.

The show's third season will premiere on September 29 in the US and will air on Channel 4 in the UK.

> Homeland's Claire Danes wins Golden Globe: 'Our writers didn't buckle'
> Homeland's Damian Lewis: 'Golden Globe award is a great perk'

Watch Homeland win the award for 'Best TV Series, Drama' at last night's (January 13) Golden Globe awards:



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