EXCLUSIVE: With Brody headed out of the country in the second-season finale of Showtime’s Homeland, Carrie won’t have to rely as heavily on her off-the-books snoop extraordinaire Virgil. David Marciano has played the role since the pilot, recurring in Season 1 and promoted to regular in Season 2. Now I’ve learned the actor won’t return to the Emmy-winning series as a regular next season. though he may still appear on the show as a recurring guest star.
Marciano is the second Homeland cast member who won’t continue as regulars on Season 3, alongside Diego Klattenhoff. Three other regulars in Season — David Harewood, Jamie Sheridan and Navid Negahban — are leaving as their characters got killed off. The five shared in Homeland‘s best drama series ensemble SAG nomination this year. The rest of Homeland‘s regular cast, led by Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin, will likely return in their previous capacity. As for where Brody (Lewis) is headed, while he was last seen crossing the border into Canada, rumor is he may surface in Venezuela in the opening episodes of Season 3.
Meanwhile, as a writer-producer, Marciano has been developing a cable drama with his writing partner, comedian Steven Pickman aka Sarge, the duo’s manager, Craig Dorfman, and producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The project, which is expected to be taken out to networks shortly, is based on a real criminal enterprise that operates out of a prison. The drama is not envisioned as a starring vehicle for Marciano, though he may take on a role. Marciano recently drew attention for his guest-starring role in the heavily publicized “legitimate rape” episode of Law & Order: SVU.