By Dan Snierson
Updated August 11, 2014 at 06:29 PM EDT

Showtime is doubling up on Homeland‘s premiere night.

The network announced that it will air the first two episodes of the CIA thriller’s fourth season on Oct. 5, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Set in Islamabad and Kabul, the new batch of episodes will feature several new faces, including Suraj Sharma, who plays a Pakistani medical student whom Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) encounters, Laila Robins as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, and Corey Stoll as the CIA chief of station in Pakistan.

Showtime also has decided to move up the premiere of The Affair a week to Oct. 12 at 10 p.m., following Homeland. Starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Josh Jackson, Maura Tierney, the drama explores the emotional and psychological impact of an extramarital fling between a teacher/aspiring novelist (West) and waitress (Ruth Wilson) on their respective marriages.

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