EMMYS: 'Homeland's Henry Bromell Gets Posthumous Writing Nomination

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage

Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon this morning called the nomination of Henry Bromell for the intense “Q&A” episode of Showtime’s political drama the “sweetest moment” of the Emmy nominations. “It was a terrible loss,” he said of executive producer Bromell’s death in March of a heart attack at 66.

In an earlier interview, executive producer Alex Gansa called the “Q&A” episode “the heart of Season 2. It’s the episode where Clare has to turn Brody, to deprogram him. They’re in a windowless room together, hashing out the truth. The interrogation was originally written as three separae sequences, but Henry, the actors and director Lesli Linka Glatter decided to shoot it in one continuous scene. The first take lasted 26 minutes. It became this chamber piece, a play.” He added: “Henry was the humanist heart of our writing room. I don’t think anyone else could have found so much vulnerability is what was basically a procedural scene between a CIA officer and a terrorist. Henry could really drill down to the heart of a show — this relationship between two very damaged people in a post 9/11 world.”

Bromell had been a member of Homeland‘s writing-producing staff since the beginning of the Fox21-produced CIA drama, first as a consulting producer, and shared in its best series Emmy win last year. In his work on the suspense drama, Bromell drew on some personal experience — his father worked for the CIA. His previous TV writing credits included working on the critically acclaimed Homicide: Life On The Streets, Brotherhood, I’ll Fly Away and Rubicon.

Said Gansa: “I think “Q&A” echoes Henry’s time on Homicide, a brilliant show that always seemed to deal with violence in this very unexpected, disarming way. We were so lucky to have Henry’s voice on Homeland for two seasons and miss him terribly.”

  1. The “Q&A” episode was MAYBE one of the best dramatic turns ever on a television show.

    So deftly written, acted and directed . . . if you saw it, you will absolutely remember how powerful it was.

  2. Henry was a good family friend of ours. The interrogation scene is pure mastery. Alex Ganza spoke about it at Henry’s funeral too beautifully for me to try and recreate here.

  3. I’m sorry but Homeland was terrible last season. The Emmy love is not all surprising, but definitely uninspiring.

  4. “The Emmy love is not all surprising, but definitely uninspiring.”

    THE EMMYS ARE DOMINATED BY UPSCALE PREMIUM CABLE CHANNELS CERTAINLY NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR OVERALL ARTISTRY (A BRILLIANT 3-PART PBS DRAMA LIKE THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE FAR SURPASSES ANY OF THEM THIS LAST SEASON) BUT, SIMPLY PUT, AS A MARKETING PLOY TO SIGN UP MORE HIGH PAYING SUBSCRIBERS FOR THEIR OVERPRICED ELITIST FARE…

  5. John Doe and Feedback, show some respect please. This is a forum about a beloved friend and mentor to many. One who deserves these accolades for his work. He is missed universally.

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