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‘Homeland’ Showrunner and Cast Discuss Picking a Fight with Alex Jones, Plans for Season 7 at Emmys Fyc Event

4 April 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With a female president in office for Season 6, it may look like “Homeland” was betting on Hillary Clinton to win the election. But that doesn’t mean Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama lost out when the Democratic nominee came up short.

“The election of Donald Trump made everyone in the writers’ room sit up in our chairs,” showrunner Alex Gansa said. “We realized we were going to have to adjust and change the narrative a little bit.”

Gansa, speaking after a screening of “Homeland” (Episode 11, “R Is for Romeo”) at the Television Academy’s first official For Your Consideration event of 2017, sat alongside directing showrunner and executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter and cast members Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, and Elizabeth Marvel. The group discussed the unexpected relevancy of the drama’s politically charged new season, starting with how Trump’s election night victory changed the course of Season 6.

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- Ben Travers

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'Homeland' Showrunner Discusses Fake News, Timely Tweaks And Not Killing Off Rupert Friend

30 March 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Homeland barrels towards its April 9 finale, again mirroring so many current events that it's almost uncanny.

There's a newly elected president butting heads with the establishment, threats of homegrown terror far different than those across the globe and more fake news than your second cousin could ever hope to share on Facebook. Showrunner and co-creator Alex Gansa says the skeleton of this season's story was always there, but the writers have made abundant tweaks in the wake of 2016 election and the ensuing unforeseen political climate.

[Spoilers ahead for anyone not up-to-date on the sixth season of Showtime's Homeland]

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- Michael O'Connell

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‘Homeland’ Recap: Carrie Learns to Say No in Episode 10, ‘The Flag House’

26 March 2017 7:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not seen the March 26 episode of “Homeland.”

Carrie Mathison learns an important lesson in “The Flag House,” as Season 6 of “Homeland” heads into its final two hours.

Peter Quinn, Dar Adal, and President-elect Elizabeth Keane have flashier moments in the 10th episode of the season, but there are two big Carrie moments that are revealing about this most complicated character, limned to near perfection by Claire Danes.

For one, we get the extraordinary sight of Carrie Mathison telling the next president of the United States: “I can’t.” With her daughter Franny already a pawn of the larger conspiracy, Carrie can’t risk charging ahead with her plan to go on the record about CIA honcho Dar Adal’s past shortcomings as a way to stop his maniacal campaign against President-elect Keane. This tells us that Carrie took the words of her court-appointed counselor seriously two episodes back when »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Homeland’ Trouper Shaun Toub Talks Return of ‘Charming’ Psychopath Javadi

4 March 2017 11:54 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

One of the intriguing twists of “Homeland” this season has been the return of high-ranking Iranian intelligence officer Majid Javadi, the Saul Berenson frenemy that we first met in season three.

Javadi, played by Shaun Toub, did all kinds of heinous things in season three, from savagely killing his estranged wife and daughter-in-law to being revealed as the mastermind of the CIA bombing that was blamed on Nicholas Brody.

Saul and his CIA protege Carrie Mathison wound up turning Javadi into a CIA asset who becomes an advocate for moderation in the Iranian high command. Javadi helped sell the top brass on the agreement to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for the easing of United Nations sanctions. The question of whether Iran is cheating on this Faustian bargain is a central storyline of season six.

In Toub’s hands, Javadi is a compelling psychopath. You can’t trust a word he says, and »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Homeland’s Eighth Season Could Be Its Last, According To Showrunner

17 January 2017 9:24 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Part and parcel of Homeland‘s enduring appeal is the show’s uncanny ability to tap into the current political landscape for narrative inspiration – a trait that is on full display in season 6, which largely takes place between Election Day and inauguration.

Carrie Mathison is back on home soil following her harrowing time in Berlin, and with a further two seasons already in the pipeline, Showtime is confident that its flagship political thriller can remain a fixture of the small-screen landscape for years to come. But according to showrunner and series producer Alex Gansa, Homeland may well bow out after its eighth and final season – not unlike HBO’s current plan for Game of Thrones. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; so often we see shows peter out as they begin to overstay their welcome, and though some feared the absence of Damian Lewis would sink Homeland, Showtime’s »

- Michael Briers

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‘Homeland’ Ep Talks Carrie’s Mission, Quinn’s Vulnerability, Filming Challenges in Season Premiere

15 January 2017 9:17 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Quinn, wounded warrior.

The season premiere of “Homeland” makes it clear that the mental and physical rehabilitation of the cunning CIA operative played by Rupert Friend will be a major focus of the show in its sixth season.

At its core, “Homeland” has sought to examine all sides of the fallout from 9/11 and the war on terror. So a deep dive into the trauma of those wounded in battle — wherever it may take place — was a natural focus for the show, says exec producer-director Lesli Linka Glatter. Quinn ended last season in a coma after suffering near-fatal exposure to chemical weapons inflicted by a terror cell in Berlin.

“To see someone like Quinn, who has been at the top of his game, out in the world trying to fight for the greater good, and then to be in a whole different state where he’s not capable of doing the most normal things on his own »

- Cynthia Littleton

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'Homeland' Showrunner Talks Post-Election Adjustments and Writing the President as a Foil

15 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

For anybody still holding out hope for a female U.S. president in 2017, at least there's Homeland. The Showtime drama returned for its sixth season Sunday night — and while the timely narrative focuses on a presidential transition, those who tuned in found out the person in question is neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump.

[Spoilers below from the Homeland season-six premiere, "Fair Game"]

Homeland showrunner and co-creator Alex Gansa seems well aware of the unique path his series is on this season. The surprising results of the 2016 election happened months »

- Michael O'Connell

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Homeland season 6 episode 1 review: Fair Game

15 January 2017 6:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Jan 23, 2017

The Homeland season 6 premiere is more prescient than ever as an intelligence community and a new president cross paths...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.1 Fair Game

Not since perhaps its first year has a Homeland season premiered at a more appropriate time. Debuting in the shadow of Osama Bin Laden’s death, which had in turn released a massive cultural sigh of relief after the anxiety that haunted the Bush years, season 1 of Homeland came out a time when Americans were taking some perspective on the incomprehensible tragedy that was 9/11, and deciding they wanted to turn a page as the Obama era came into full-swing.

With its freshman effort, Homeland provided a »

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‘Homeland’ Ep On Season 6 Debut, How Claire Danes Drama Will End & U.S. Return

15 January 2017 6:13 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Spoiler Alert: This article contains details of tonight's Homeland Season 6 debut on Showtime. "After the election, our initial concern was could Homeland dramatize anything as scary as what's going on in the real world, and we'll just have to see whether it is scary or whether it's business as usual," says executive producer Alex Gansa of the tripwire situation the Showtime series finds itself debuting its sixth season tonight in the age of Donald Trump and a fast… »

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‘Homeland’ Review: Season 6 Premiere Answers the Quinn Question and Poses Many More

15 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Homeland” Season 6, Episode 1, “Fair Game,” contains spoilers.]

Immediate Reaction

Quinn is alive! …and boy is he in trouble. Our immediate elation over Rupert Friend’s return to “Homeland” (following a cliffhanger ending in Season 5 that left his well-being very much in doubt) was slowly reined in over the course of the hour-long premiere. Severely inhibited mentally and physically restricted, Quinn has all but given up at this point in his journey. He’s throwing his money away on prostitutes and drugs, searching for any kind of reprieve from the agony plaguing his mind and body. By episode’s end, Carrie takes pity on his living situation, but it will likely be a long road to back to proper health for the fan favorite.

Read More: ‘Homeland’ Review: Season 6 Makes You Wait for the Big Moments, But There’s Reason to Believe in Carrie Again

Such a scenario would be fitting given how relatively quiet things were in »

- Ben Travers

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‘Homeland’ Review: Season 6 Premiere Answers the Quinn Question and Poses Many More

15 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Homeland” Season 6, Episode 1, “Fair Game,” contains spoilers.]

Immediate Reaction

Quinn is alive! …and boy is he in trouble. Our immediate elation over Rupert Friend’s return to “Homeland” (following a cliffhanger ending in Season 5 that left his well-being very much in doubt) was slowly reined in over the course of the hour-long premiere. Severely inhibited mentally and physically restricted, Quinn has all but given up at this point in his journey. He’s throwing his money away on prostitutes and drugs, searching for any kind of reprieve from the agony plaguing his mind and body. By episode’s end, Carrie takes pity on his living situation, but it will likely be a long road to back to proper health for the fan favorite.

Read More: ‘Homeland’ Review: Season 6 Makes You Wait for the Big Moments, But There’s Reason to Believe in Carrie Again

Such a scenario would be fitting given how relatively quiet things were in »

- Ben Travers

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Homeland Season 6 Review

15 January 2017 1:42 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One episode was provided prior to broadcast.

Season 6 of Homeland premiers later tonight and its opening episode, “Fair Game,” is a canny mirror of political tensions in America today. The action picks up in New York, where Carrie (Claire Danes) is lending her help to a law firm intent on improving the lot of Muslims unfairly targeted by the system. Several months have passed since season 5, and Carrie is clearly keen to give back.

Claire Danes, as ever, does a terrific job in the role, imbuing the character with a burning intensity that borders on the unhinged. At turns caring, genial and manic, there are layers of complexity here that lesser actors would fail to pull off and without Danes, Homeland would surely sink.

Carrie’s turn in New York coincides with a new President being readied for her inauguration; a president at odds with the intelligence system. Step forth Elizabeth Keane. »

- Edward Love

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‘Homeland’ Season 6 Comes Home to Eye of Political Storm

14 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In this stormy political season, leave it to “Homeland” to adroitly land in the eye of Hurricane Trump.

Producers of the Showtime drama series, which returns on Sunday, chose New York as the setting for its sixth season more than a year ago. They’ve been working for months on a storyline examining the post-9/11 fallout for the civil rights of Muslims in the U.S. and upheaval in the national security community caused by a transfer of power in Washington.

But as much as the “Homeland” team as proven their ability during the past few years to predict headlines, showrunner and exec producer Alex Gansa admitted that the writing staff had to work through what felt like an existential crisis on Nov. 9.

“After Election Day we all came into the story room and wondered if ‘Homeland’ had just become counterfactual to the point of irrelevance,” Gansa told Variety.

The new season takes place during that nebulous »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Homeland’ Star Elizabeth Marvel: ‘It’s a Wonderful Time’ to Be Playing the President-Elect

13 January 2017 4:43 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When “Homeland” returns for its sixth season on Sunday, a few changes will be in store. Not only will the series be set in the United States for the first time, but the commander-in-chief about to be sworn in will be a woman. Executive producer Alex Gansa has said he didn’t, however, model the character on former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. And Elizabeth Marvel, the actress who plays the Peotus, says she had some very different politicians in mind as she prepared for the role.

Here, Marvel tells Variety why she channeled former President George W. Bush, what to expect from President-Elect Elizabeth Keane this season, and why it’s important for our leaders to pay attention to the intelligence community.

What made you want to take on the role?

Who wouldn’t want to play the leader of the free world? It’s a fascinating compliment to play the president-elect. The »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Homeland hits New York City: 'Things are very disrupted here at home'

13 January 2017 9:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The producers of the hit thriller’s sixth season talk about the decision to relocate Claire Danes’ Carrie to the Us which, as in the real world, has a new president

It may seem inevitable that Homeland would eventually find its way to New York City but the show, which returns for its sixth season on 15 January on Showtime, initially relocated its narrative there for more practical reasons than the city’s deep history with terror threats. Each year showrunner Alex Gansa and the producers meet with a group of national security experts in Washington DC to get a sense of what’s happening in the world and where it’s taking place. This year, although that week of meetings was very useful, the story didn’t arise from those sessions. It turned out that the show’s star, Claire Danes, wanted to spend more time at home.

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- Emily Zemler

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‘Twin Peaks’: Showtime Boss on the Revival’s Launch Plans and How It’s ‘Pure Heroin’ David Lynch

9 January 2017 3:48 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Showtime is bracing for the “Twin Peaks” effect.

Network president/CEO David Nevins expects to see a tremendous surge in sign-ups for Showtime’s streaming service come May 21, when “Twin Peaks” premieres, and hopes to capitalize on that interest.

Showtime is expected to see its over-the-top service explode that day, given that episodes 3 and 4 will be available on the service the same day as the show’s two-hour linear premiere. Beyond that, the show will roll out in a traditional weekly fashion.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Release Date Announced For David Lynch’s Iconic Series

“More or less it will be once a week,” he said. “We’re not breaking it into two seasons. David really believes in the drip of weekly television.”

He also believes in keeping the show hush-hush ­­ – so much that a proper “Twin Peaks” trailer probably won’t be released before premiere. “You’ll see film pieces come out, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Twin Peaks’: Showtime Boss on the Revival’s Launch Plans and How It’s ‘Pure Heroin’ David Lynch

9 January 2017 3:48 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Showtime is bracing for the “Twin Peaks” effect.

Network president/CEO David Nevins expects to see a tremendous surge in sign-ups for Showtime’s streaming service come May 21, when “Twin Peaks” premieres, and hopes to capitalize on that interest.

Showtime is expected to see its over-the-top service explode that day, given that episodes 3 and 4 will be available on the service the same day as the show’s two-hour linear premiere. Beyond that, the show will roll out in a traditional weekly fashion.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Release Date Announced For David Lynch’s Iconic Series

“More or less it will be once a week,” he said. “We’re not breaking it into two seasons. David really believes in the drip of weekly television.”

He also believes in keeping the show hush-hush ­­ – so much that a proper “Twin Peaks” trailer probably won’t be released before premiere. “You’ll see film pieces come out, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Homeland’ Review: Season 6 Makes You Wait for the Big Moments, But There’s Reason to Believe in Carrie Again

9 January 2017 12:54 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It all comes down to trust.

In the opening two episodes of “Homeland” Season 6, an ample number of suspicious storylines emerge for a series built on spycraft: Carrie (Claire Danes) is working out of New York for Otto During, the billionaire philanthropist introduced last season in Berlin. But is she there for the right reasons? Is he? Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is still working closely with Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham), as the two vet the new President-Elect (Elizabeth Marvel) for the CIA. Yet her true motivations — personal and political — are kept in the dark, at least to the two men looking for the light. Meanwhile, a young black Muslim named Sekou Bah (newcomer J. Mallory McCree) is busy recording passionate videos chronicling terrorist attacks around New York City. Is he a legitimate terrorist threat or just a politically active kid?

Oh, and in case anyone cares, the Quinn question hanging »

- Ben Travers

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‘Homeland’ Review: Season 6 Makes You Wait for the Big Moments, But There’s Reason to Believe in Carrie Again

9 January 2017 12:54 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It all comes down to trust.

In the opening two episodes of “Homeland” Season 6, an ample number of suspicious storylines emerge for a series built on spycraft: Carrie (Claire Danes) is working out of New York for Otto During, the billionaire philanthropist introduced last season in Berlin. But is she there for the right reasons? Is he? Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is still working closely with Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham), as the two vet the new President-Elect (Elizabeth Marvel) for the CIA. Yet her true motivations — personal and political — are kept in the dark, at least to the two men looking for the light. Meanwhile, a young black Muslim named Sekou Bah (newcomer J. Mallory McCree) is busy recording passionate videos chronicling terrorist attacks around New York City. Is he a legitimate terrorist threat or just a politically active kid?

Oh, and in case anyone cares, the Quinn question hanging »

- Ben Travers

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