Saturday, November 2, 2013


I'll bet you think I forgot about you.... Oh not so!  Have been busy wrapping and wanted to be able to give this my full attention.

Hard to believe that we have finished the 3rd Season of HOMELAND!!  It seems like only last week that I was meeting many of you for the first time, and that many of you had never worked on a series.  Well, we have all come a long way, picked up many newcomers, and made many friends along the way.  The show has had wonderful success and that is, to a great degree, due to all of you!!

I wish that I could thank each and everyone of you personally for your commitment and dedication, for your passion about the show, and for your untiring efforts to show up with the things that I keep requesting.  But this blog site, once again, will just have to do.

Whether it is a mental hospital or the CIA, a Senate Committee Hearing or a No-Tell Motel, you guys just keep delivering.  It's amazing!  We would all have to work harder and longer if we didn't have you guys on our team!

For all the times that you took time away from your "real" life and families, for all the early mornings and late nights, for the many, many times that you each emptied your closets to bring them to us, we are incredibly grateful!

I have said since the first season that this group of Background Players is one of best groups with which I have had the pleasure to work.  I still stand by that.  The last couple of weeks of shooting when I had Ms. Rhonda Keaton here to assist me in finishing the year, she confirmed it for me once again.  Having worked on several shows herself, she continued to tell me time and again how professional, prepared and nice everyone is!  You guys impressed her as much as you have always impressed me.( And thanks for being so great to her!! )

I could ramble on but then I would have nothing to say at the end of another season. :-)  Know that you are all fantastic and I consider it my great privilege and pleasure to work with each and every one of you!  Here's to a wonderful break and a happy holiday season for everyone.  I'll look forward to seeing you all again.... On the Set!


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  2. Working with you and your staff on Homeland Seasons 2 & 3 (so far) has been a fantastic experience!! You are the ultimate professional and it clearly shows on the screen! Have a great "off-season" and I look forward to working with you again soon! Best regards, Kevin O'Connor (Secret Service & CIA Suit) :)

  3. The feeling is mutual! Thanks so much, and hope to see you next season.

    Mark N Jackson

  4. guys were a pleasure to work with and extremely helpful! Thanks for all you do! David Russell

  5. Thank you too Stephen for being the Consummate Professional. It has always been a pleasure working with you on the Homeland set. Have a SAFE and Glorious Holiday(s) ahead!

    Richie C. Colon

  6. Thank you, Stephen. Back at you. Loved working with "ya'll ". Excited for next season. Patti Merkel

  7. Yes Stephen it was a banner season this year. Totally epic. I think back to the first I first time I filmed on Homeland for the pilot episode and we had our first encounter at the lunch line. I knew nothing of the etiquette and I was in full marine mode so I jumped the line and almost slammed your hand while I was shutting the food container LOL (sorry about that by the way) It's hard to believe that was in the summer of 2011. I've learned so much and participated in some great scenes scenes since. And throughout the process I've never been disrespected or treated in an unkind way. Quite the opposite has happened. I've always felt a spirit of graciousness and generosity from everyone on Homeland.

    I continue to be amazed by the show and all of the cast, crew, writers, assistant directors, directors and producers who work on it. There is no way for me to describe in words how thankful I am for the opportunities I've had to film on Homeland and to work with people such as yourself, Kelly, Pam and Candace. From end to end the production of the show is pure class. It is a gold standard for television. I wish everyone at Homeland a happy holidays and I hope to see you for Season 4.

    Best Regards,

    Dennis Gooch

  8. Stephen, as always it has been my great pleasure to work with you on Homeland. Has it really been three seasons already? Time has really flown, as I guess it does with all good things. I hope the off-season from the show brings you many good things, and I look forward to seeing you again (either on set or not).

    All the best,
    Michael LeBard