Homeland executive producer Henry Bromell has died of a heart of attack.
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 resume, which includes Northern Exposure, Homicide: Life on a Street, Chicago Hope, Rubicon and Showtime’s Brotherhood, Bromell, 66, 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. 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," studio Twentieth Century Fox TV and Fox 21 said in a statement Tuesday morning.
In recent months, Bromell had been particularly involved in luring new staff members to the Homeland’s writers room ahead of the show’s third season. Among the hires: James Yoshimura, who had worked with Bromell years earlier on Homicide.
"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," Homeland network Showtime 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 award 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. 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 down,’” he told The Hollywood Reporter during a 2012 set visit for the fifth episode of the Emmy-winning drama’s second season, which Bromell had written.
He noted at the time that his “secret fantasy” was that the episode would win star Damian Lewis an Emmy.
Bromell is survived by his wife, Sarah, and two sons.