Watch My Show: Prisoners of War's Gideon Raff Answers Our Showrunner Survey
by Michael Schneider
Prisoners of War
Before there was Homeland, there was Prisoners of War, an Israeli TV drama about three soldiers, two of whom — Uri (Ishai Golan) and Nimrode (Yoram Toledano) — return home after 17 years in an enemy prison. Gideon Raff created the show and went on to help American producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa adapt it for Showtime as Homeland. Seasons 1 (10 episodes) and 2 (14 episodes) of Prisoners of War are now available on Hulu’s streaming service. Raff filled out our showrunner survey to explain why viewers may want to hunt for Prisoners of War.
TV Guide Magazine: I’ve got room in my life to watch one more show. Tell me why it should be yours.
Gideon Raff: It worries me that you only have room for one show in your life. Is there anything I can do to help with that?
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
Raff: You, your friends, your family and everyone who has room in their life for one more show.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don’t watch?
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for your show.
Raff: The Bourne Identity squared, plus all the cool parts of Taken times three Brodys divided by Oz minus two dragons from Game of Thrones.
TV Guide Magazine: What’s the best thing anyone has said or written about Prisoners of War?
Raff: Stephen King said that it’s one of the best shows he’s seen and I’m a huge fan of his.
TV Guide Magazine: What’s the worst thing?
Raff: I haven’t heard anything bad. Why? What do you know?
TV Guide Magazine: What’s an alternate title?
Raff: The Homecoming
TV Guide Magazine: Come up with a premise for the spin-off.
Raff: The three Israeli POWs meet Homeland‘s Brody on the Canadian border and they join a bikers club called Sons of Anarchy.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you prefer we forget?
Raff: I regret writing John Lennon’s “Imagine.” I gave too many people too much hope.
TV Guide Magazine: Tell us something about your amazing cast.
Raff: The three guys had to lose 25 pounds each to portray the broken men that come back from captivity.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: “If you like _______, you’ll love our show.”
TV Guide Magazine: Pick a show, any show, with which to start a fake feud.
TV Guide Magazine: What show would you like to do a crossover episode with and how would that go?
Raff: The three prisoners of war are transferred into the New York Women’s Correctional Facility, where they meet “Crazy Eyes” from Orange is the New Black.
TV Guide Magazine: If you weren’t producing this show, what series would you most like to be an executive producer on?
Raff: Is it too late to executive produce Breaking Bad?