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Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Homeland boss: “We’re going to start fresh in season 8 ... and put any Trump parallels behind us"
Showrunner Alex Gansa previews what is expected to be his final season, even though Showtime has yet to say whether Homeland will end with Season 8. "Season 8 will be overseas somewhere," he says. "We get to play a story with larger national stakes in season 7 and we’ll go back to a smaller intelligence-based season in 8. We get to pull out all the stops this year and then get to the emotional heart of things in season 8.”
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Claire Danes says Homeland will end with Season 8, but Showtime hasn't made it official
In an interview with Howard Stern this morning, the actress was asked if Season 8 will be the end of the Showtime series, as has long been expected. She responded, "yeah, that's it." Showtime has yet to confirm that Homeland is in fact ending. Danes said she's conflicted about ending the series. "She’s a lot, this Carrie-freakin’ Mathison character," she said. Showrunner Alex Gansa has said he expects Season 8 to be his last year, which would coincide with the expiration of the casts' contracts. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime hasn't made a decision on the show's future, adding that "there's been talk with keeping the show going with a new showrunner and new cast." Danes also revealed to Stern that she's pregnant with her second child, but Homeland won't be impacted because the show isn't expected to go into production on Season 8 before the end of year.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Russian-born actor Costa Ronin is pulling double duty as a Russian spy on The Americans and Homeland
Homeland boss Alex Gansa says he's grateful the FX series is "sharing" Ronin, who has become TV's go-to actor for Russian spy roles. “Tall, dark and Russian — he’s the perfect villain for our times," says Gansa.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
In Season 7, Homeland feels overtaken by current events
Despite a timely storyline of a presidential administration at war with the intelligence community, Homeland returns for Season 7 feeling “more like the mere stuff of spy novels, lacking the urgency and hyper-relevance that characterized and energized the show at its peak -- when President Obama, among others, proclaimed it his favorite TV show,” says Brian Lowry. He adds: “Indeed, the series about the war against terrorism and, increasingly, the sacrifices made on the altar to it at home has gone from paralleling current events -- at one time the show felt eerily prescient, as if current events were going out of their way to promote it -- to in many ways being overtaken by them. Even the latest plot, driven by an overreaching female president, somehow feels relatively pallid compared to the shenanigans playing out in Washington.”
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Homeland boss: When we talk to intelligence officials, real life feels much scarier than what we’re writing
“There are intelligence officers we met in D.C. who say what they do every morning is wake up and check their phones to make sure Seoul, South Korea, is still there,” says executive producer Alex Gansa. “When you’re facing that kind of uncertainty it’s difficult to parallel in our Homeland world. It felt much scarier in real life than what we were writing. It’s the situation the country finds itself in and as storytellers what we find ourselves in.” Gansa adds that “we’re telling a bit of a parallel story to what’s happening in the real world. Obviously the Trump administration is a little embattled and a little isolated and facing their own difficulties with the national security establishment and what they call ‘the deep state.’ Our administration, the Keene administration, is facing much the same issues but from the reverse…”
Posted Thursday 8/24/17 at 6:15PM EDT
Homeland creator responds after fans take out a “#NotOurHomeland” full-page ad
The ad in The Hollywood Reporter is from "a group of passionate Homeland fans representing thousands of aggrieved viewers and fans who have banded together in protest to found #NotOurHomeland.” The fans specifically take issue with what happened to Peter Quinn in the season finale. "Why have you relentlessly and brutally tortured the veterans you depict on the show?” the fans wrote. “And why did you ultimately render Peter Quinn incapable of both loving and being loved?” Co-creator Alex Gansa responded: “It is painful to hear that that even a small segment of our devoted audience is disappointed in Homeland. Until now, I have refrained from commenting publicly on the death of Peter Quinn, believing that Rupert Friend's heart-wrenching performance should speak for itself. I have not changed my view. Suffice to say that I mourn the loss of Peter Quinn as much as anybody and that the character was created not to denigrate but to honor the men and women who devote their lives to keeping America safe. In my eyes, he died a hero.”