Magazine article Variety

Scribe's Legacy Looms Large over Homeland

Magazine article Variety

Scribe's Legacy Looms Large over Homeland

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ATRIBUTE

Henry Bromell was pivotal player behind slew of prestige dramas

ANYONE WHO watched the last season of Homeland remembers the Interrogation.

Unfolding nearly halfway through the episode Q&A, the 15-minute scene finds Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison masterfully breaking down Damian Lewis' POW-turned-congressman Nicholas Brody piece by piece, until he admits he's a would-be suicide bomber. Her only weapon in the intense confrontation? Words. Alternately devastating and delicate, the scene stands as a hallmark of the talent of Homeland exec producer Henry Bromell, who died March 18 at age 65 of a heart condition.

"That was a very challenging episode, closer to a play in some ways than a TV script," says Homeland exec producer Howard Gordon. "Henry understood just how gripping two people in a room talking could be, and he really lived and breathed it until he nailed it."

Three months after his death, the Homeland writers' room is still grappling with the loss of Bromell.

A novelist and former short-story contributor to the New Yorker, Bromell had a distinguished run on such dramas as Northern Exposure, Homicide: Life on the Street, Chicago Hope and I'll Fly Away.

Homeland struck a particularly personal chord for Bromell, whose father had been a CIA station chief in the Middle East during the 1950s.

"The fact that this was Henry's last job kind of brought everything full circle," said UTA managing director Jay Sures, Bromell's longtime agent. "He loved every moment of being able to write (about) the world where he got so much of his inspiration from. He'd never been happieT at any point in his career."

Landing the Amherst-educated New York native for the writers' room at Homeland was a coup, according to exec producer Alex Gansa, who credits Bromell with such "out-of-the-box" ideas as the season-one episode that finds Brody taking his family on a road trip to Gettysburg and making a pit stop to pick up his suicide vest. …

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