HOMELAND Star Mandy Patinkin Regrets Time Spent on CRIMINAL MINDS

The Golden Globe-winning drama series Homeland, which stars Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis, is scheduled to begin it's second season on Sunday, September 30th, at 10:00 PM ET/PT exclusively on Showtime.

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Homeland is a one-hour drama series that tells the story of Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer dealing with bi-polar disorder, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Nicholas Brody, a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed dead for eight years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al-Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.

Mandy Patinkin left CBS' crime thriller series Criminal Minds after the second season and has since resurfaced on the award winning Showtime series Homeland. The acclaimed stage and screen actor has now revealed that he considers his time on Criminal Minds to be his biggest career mistake:

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"The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality.

"I’m not making a judgment on the taste (of people who watch crime procedurals). But I’m concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn’t what you need to be dreaming about."

Based on the original Israeli series Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff, and developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, Homeland stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, David Marciano, Navid Negahban, Jamey Sheridan, Morgan Saylor, Jackson Pace and Mandy Patinkin. The series will air Sunday nights on Showtime.