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    Critic’s corner: Sept. 30

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    By Sarah Rodman

    Homeland 10 p.m., Showtime

    “Mandy Patinkin, holla!” After an interminable wait, this year’s Emmy winner for outstanding drama series returns for a second season, and much has changed. Or has it? Carrie (Emmy winner Claire Danes, pictured) finds a way back into the intelligence game. But Brody is on the rise in politics, his nefarious agenda festering. Emmy winner Damian Lewis, who plays Brody, told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour recently that he was excited about the new season. “Brody made a mission statement at the end of the first season saying he wanted a nonviolent political subversion of American policy. He would like to think he’s in control of his own destiny. He absolutely won’t be is my prediction for this season, and I think he will live in a state of heightened anxiety and paranoia and uncertainty.” Sounds like “Homeland.”

    Call the Midwife
    8 p.m., Channel 2


    Will this British import be the next “Downton Abbey”? It was a huge hit across the pond and the actors are already signed for a second season.

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    The Simpsons
    8 p.m., Channel 25

    Season 24 kicks off with a fiesta of distaff voices including Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Silverman, Natalie Portman, and Anne Hathaway.

    Revenge 9 p.m., Channel 5

    Jennifer Jason Leigh shows up to wreak some havoc as Emily’s mom.


    The Good Wife
    9 p.m., Channel 4

    Marc Warren shows up to wreak some havoc as Kalinda’s husband.