The Hollywood Reporter -- "Homeland" executive producer Henry Bromell died
Monday of a heart of attack. He was 65.
The acclaimed writer-producer had been part of the Emmy-winning drama's
six-member writing staff since its first season. In addition to a rich résumé,
which includes "Northern Exposure," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Chicago
Hope," "Rubicon" and Showtime's "Brotherhood," Bromell brought with him personal
experience as his father had worked for the CIA.
"We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years," studio
Twentieth Century Fox TV and Fox 21 said in a statement Tuesday morning. "He was
a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever
meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on 'Homeland.' Our hearts and
prayers go out to his wife and children."
In recent months, Bromell had been particularly involved in luring new staff
members to the 'Homeland' writers room ahead of the show's third season. Among
the hires: James Yoshimura, who had worked with Bromell on 'Homicide' during the
"We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear friend Henry Bromell, who has
been a part of the Showtime family for over a decade," the premium network said
in a statement. "Henry was an immensely talented and prolific writer, director
and showrunner, and his work on 'Brotherhood' and 'Homeland' was nothing short
of brilliant. His passion, warmth, humor and generosity will be greatly missed.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife and family."
Like much of the Homeland's pedigreed staff, he had been blown away with the
show's breakout success, which included a string of awards show acclaim for the
series as well as its cast.
"When we were writing the first season, we had no idea this would hit the
zeitgeist," he told The Hollywood Reporter during a 2012 set visit for the fifth
episode of the show's second season, which Bromell had written. "We were trying
to write a really good television show. The last time this happened to me was on
'Northern Exposure.' First it was the reviews, and then it was 'President Obama
is watching.' It's cool, but then it's 'Oh God, now we're going to let everyone
He noted at the time that his "secret fantasy" was that the episode -- titled
"Q&A," in which Brody (Damian Lewis) is brutally interrogated by Quinn
(Rupert Friend) and later Carrie (Claire Danes) -- would win Lewis an Emmy.
Bromell shared an Emmy and a Golden Globe last year as a producer of
"Homeland," which was named outstanding drama series and best TV drama at the
respective trophy shows. He also earned a 2012 WGA Award for "Homeland." Bromell
earned another drama series Emmy nom for "I'll Fly Away" in 1993. That NBC drama
also earned him a Humanitas Prize in 1992.
Bromell is survived by his wife, Sarah, and two sons.