Showtime sets date for return of 'Homeland' and 'Dexter'

The wait’s far from over, but at least now fans of Showtime’s “Homeland” and “Dexter” have a date to mark on their calendars: Sept. 30.

That’s when we can expect to see the second season of the fall’s breakout hit — premium cable division — about the cat-and-mouse game between a U.S. Marine (Damian Lewis) who returned from captivity as a hero and the bipolar CIA agent (Claire Danes) who suspected he was a terrorist.

“Homeland” episodes will premiere at 10 p.m. Sundays, preceded by the seventh season of “Dexter,” which stars Michael C. Hall as a sympathetic serial killer with a code of conduct all his own.

Production on both begins this spring, according to Showtime, with “Homeland” shooting in North Carolina and Israel — where the show that inspired first aired — and the Miami-set “Dexter” continuing to film in Los Angeles.