Homeland will not be coming to an end anytime soon. Showtime is deep in talks with series producer Fox 21 Television Studios for a further two-season renewal for the CIA drama, network president David Nevins revealed on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday evening.
Nevins also revealed that as part of the renewal talks Claire Danes, who plays lead character Carrie Mathison, and showrunner Alex Gansa are also signed through to the eighth season. Additionally, the exec revealed that Homeland will be moving out of its traditional Fall berth, with season six now set to premiere in January 2017. Shameless will assume Homeland’s Sunday night slot this October.
The decision to shift the new season to January is the result of what is being described as a “highly altered” production schedule, which has allowed Alex Gansa and the show’s writers more time to break the stories for this sixth season. Due to that altered schedule, production is not set to enter full swing in New York until August, making a October premiere somewhat unfeasible.
With this two season renewal deal, Homeland is poised to become one of Showtime’s longest running series, tying the record held by the likes of Dexter and Weeds. That said, the network is not ready to call time on the series just yet, with David Nevins stating that “Homeland has shown an uncanny ability to reinvent itself which makes us supremely confident that this show will remain as distinctive, relevant and cutting edge as anything on television for as long as these producers want to continue.”
“Just because I’m not thinking that far ahead doesn’t mean Alex Gansa and his team aren’t”, he added. “It’s changing itself pretty dramatically each season. I think more than most, this show has an open-ended expiration date. That said, I’ve been focused on getting this deal done and not really asking what happens beyond this deal.”
As TVWise previously reported, Homeland‘s sixth season will be relocating the action back to the United States after the past two seasons took place in Pakistan & Germany and will tackle the after effects of the U.S. presidential election, with the entire season taking place between election day and the inauguration. It’s a strange, transitional time in the halls of government filled with anxiety and different competing interests, where a very fragile and complex transfer of power takes place between the outgoing president and the incoming president-elect.
Homeland was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for season six will be Chip Johannessen, Lesli Linka Glatter, Patrick Harbinson, Michael Klick, Gideon Raff, Avi Nir and Ran Telem. Returning cast members include Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn, Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson and F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal.