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Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, the stars of the Showtime series Homeland, arrived in Israel on Wednesday, where the hit show will film parts of its second season.

The Showtime series is based on an Israeli television series called "Hatufim" (Kidnapped), which chronicles the lives of IDF soldiers held in enemy captivity.

In it, Claire Danes plays a CIA operations officer who follows a U.S. Marine suspected of spying for al-Qaida.

The show's first season earned glowing reviews from critics. The second season is slated to be aired in the U.S. in the fall.

Following her last visit to Israel, Claire Danes told late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien that Tel Aviv was the "most intense party town" she had ever been to.

"I realize, because it is very stressful there, you know, it's rather fraught and people are kind of tense and they need to blow off some steam - and they do," she added.

Referring to her experience filming parts of the series in Israel, Danes said: "It was wonderful, I loved it."