'Homeland' premiere leaks online

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Could this be the work of Abu Nazir’s ghost?

Homeland fans — and Showtime — were taken by surprise yesterday, when a pirated version of the drama’s third season premiere leaked online. The episode is set to air at the end of the month.

TorrentFreak writes that within hours of the file’s posting, 100,000 people had downloaded it — not surprising, considering Homeland was one of 2012’s most-pirated TV shows. Though Showtime has distributed press screeners of the episode, Deadline notes that the leaked episode is reportedly a workprint missing both visual effects and opening credits, indicating that it may not have been ripped from a screener. (Update: NPR writer Linda Holmes says that Showtime’s  press screeners did lack effects and credits.) The cable net has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment.

Homeland returns to Showtime Sept. 29, seven days after the 65th annual Primetime Emmys — where last year’s Best Drama is up for 10 awards.


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