LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Showtime recently announced plans to air a fourth season of “Homeland,” an Emmy Award-winning TV series filmed in Huntersville and Mooresville.

The series will return in 2014 with 12 one-hour episodes.

The network’s top-rated series, “Homeland” continues its growth trajectory in season three with 6.5 million weekly viewers, up 26 percent from its second season in the same time frame (vs. 5.1 million).

“Homeland” airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m.

The show’s renewal comes as Cinemax announced plans to premiere  the 10-episode second season of “Banshee” on Jan. 10. The show was filmed in Mooresville.

The pilot episode won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.

New guest stars this season include Zeljko Ivanek (HBO’s “True Blood”) as Jim Racine, a chain-smoking, renegade FBI agent who has been tracking Rabbit for 15 years; Tatanka Means (“The Host,” “Tiger Eyes”) as Hoyt Rivers, head of security for Alex Longshadow; and Julian Sands (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “24”), as Rabbit’s younger brother, a brilliant, devout and amoral Ukrainian priest.