- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) - The hit TV series “Homeland” is heading home _ to Israel.

Showtime says its Golden Globe-winning thriller will film part of its second season in Israel. It’s adapted from the Israeli drama “Prisoners of War.” The network says “Homeland” is its highest-rated new drama series ever.

It tells the story of an American soldier released from captivity in Iraq and a CIA officer who suspects him of being an al-Qaida turncoat.

“Homeland” is one of several American TV shows inspired by Israeli programs in recent years.

The network says the second season of “Homeland” will premiere on Sept. 30.

Small parts of the first season were also shot in Israel. Showtime spokeswoman Chloe Comins said Tuesday that most of the second season will again be shot in Charlotte, North Carolina.