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What the 'Homeland' Creator Learned on His First Trip to Trump's Washington

Since Homeland came to Showtime in 2011, showrunner and co-creator Alex Gansa has annually touched base with the U.S. intelligence community to ensure his national security drama was never too far afield. So when time came to prep the series' seventh season, which premiered on Sunday night, he headed back to Washington, D.C., and found things quite different than in previous years.    Gansa recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, and said that intelligence officers and journalists were uncharacteristically chummy when he spent time inside the beltway in 2017. He also discussed the decision to make the...
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Alex Gansa

There’s not much on the internet about Alex Gansa as far as a biography goes. What you can find out really needs to be divined from the articles and interviews he’s given to various sites, meaning it’s more of a fact-finding mission than anything to discover anything pertinent about him. That’s kind of amusing really when you consider just which shows he’s had a hand in during his long and successful career in TV. You’ll find it a little more amusing once you keep reading I’m sure. 5. He’s the showrunner for Homeland. Is it sinking in yet? The man

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Alex Gansa
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Homeland: Everything You Need to Remember Before Season 7 Premieres

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Homeland is about to return to Showtime for its seventh season, moving the action to Washington DC for the penultimate season - creator Alex Gansa revealed in 2016 that the eighth season would most likely be its last, and star Claire Danes has a very specific idea for how it should end. But that is still a year away! When things pick up in season seven, Carrie Mathison is no longer working for President Keane and is instead quietly fighting to free the 200 members from various intelligence agencies who were arrested on Keane's orders. In case you need a refresher course before season seven premieres, here's how season six ends. Related10 Shows That Will Finally Return in 2017
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‘Homeland’ Review: A Riveting Season 7 Asks If the World’s Too Crazy for Even Carrie to Save

‘Homeland’ Review: A Riveting Season 7 Asks If the World’s Too Crazy for Even Carrie to Save
Just over a year ago, “Homeland” elected a female president, and today it’s still the most relevant modern-day spy series on television. Season 7 sees an administration as brutally divided as its country, a revolution on the rise, and government officials willing to take drastic efforts to preserve whatever version of America they believe in. The first episode (all that was provided in advance for critics) sees the president called “a fascist,” described as “thuggish,” and leading a vengeful witch hunt inside her own agencies.

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Creating a compelling narrative from real-world parallels has always been a specialty of the Showtime drama, but this year feels particularly aggressive. Everyone is on edge. Politics have invaded every sphere of society, including the home life, and what really resonates after the first hour
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‘Homeland’ Boss on Season 7’s Trump Inspiration, Alex Jones and Rip Peter Quinn

‘Homeland’ Boss on Season 7’s Trump Inspiration, Alex Jones and Rip Peter Quinn
“It’s going to be an interesting Homeland season,” warns Alex Gansa, showrunner of “Homeland,” which returns for its seventh (and penultimate) season on February 11.

Last season ended in an ominous, cataclysmic fashion, with Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) sacrificing himself to save then president-elect Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) — who then went on an all-out mission to protect herself and root out her would-be assassins. That meant her former ally Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) was frozen out of her White House access, and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), among others, was behind bars.

When the new season picks up, it’s nearly two months later, and the situation is ever more dire with Keane increasingly paranoid.

Gansa says he was inspired by the headlines coming out of Washington, D.C. and the election of Donald Trump.

“I’m just addicted to MSNBC, Fox and CNN every night,” he says. “Donald Trump didn’t win an Emmy for ‘The Apprentice,’ but
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Homeland: James D'Arcy to Play Agent From Carrie's Past in Season 7

Homeland: James D'Arcy to Play Agent From Carrie's Past in Season 7
For her latest mission, Carrie Matheson is getting a key assist from Agent Carter’s trusty ally.

James D’Arcy — who co-starred as Edwin Jarvis, sidekick to Hayley Atwell’s Ssr agent, on the late ABC series — is joining Homeland in a recurring role, EW.com reports. The actor will play a cocksure former special ops agent who went to The Farm with Claire Danes ex-CIA agent.

PHOTOSHomeland: Quinn Will ‘Color Carrie’s Every Thought’ — 2018 First Look

As previously reported, Homeland Season 7 pits Carrie against President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel), whose assassination attempt at the end of Season 6 led to
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Homeland: Quinn Will 'Color Carrie's Every Thought' — 2018 First Look

Homeland: Quinn Will 'Color Carrie's Every Thought' — 2018 First Look
Yes, Quinn is gone. But forgotten? Pshaw. Not by a long-shot.

When Homeland returns with Season 7 on Feb. 11 (9/8c, Showtime), “Quinn’s death and Carrie’s grief for him are everywhere – coloring her every thought,” shares co-creator and showrunner Alex Gansa of Rupert Friend’s dearly departed, death-defying hitman, who perished in the Season 6 finale. Gansa adds that the loss of Quinn will also inform Carrie’s “contempt for President Keane” and “push her to reassess what’s really important in her life.”

VIDEOSHomeland Season 7 Trailer Shocker: Saul Is the New [Spoiler]

Speaking of Homeland‘s first female Potus, Carrie’s
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Homeland season 7 episode 2 trailer and synopsis

Den Of Geek Feb 19, 2018

Here's a preview of the next episode of Homeland, which is now airing on Channel 4...

Against all speculation about its fate, Homeland recaptured its previous glory during a dynamite sixth season, even offering a finale that left fans reeling. Will season 7 continue the trend of bringing Homeland back to 'must-watch' status? We shall see.

Here's the trailer for episode 2, 'Rebel Rebel'...

And here's the very brief synopsis...

Carrie makes a discovery; Wellington protects Keane; O'Keefe continues to broadcast.

More as we have it.

Homeland season 7 release date

Season 7 of Homeland began on Channel 4 on Sunday 18th February. Episodes will now arrive weekly.

In other news, it sounds like season 8 is also a go. Last June came the first reports that the show was given a two-season renewal that is expected to conclude the series' run. That was confirmed later in the fall, with showrunner Alex Gansa
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‘Homeland’ Heads to Virginia for Season 7

‘Homeland’ Heads to Virginia for Season 7
Homeland” has settled on Virginia as the filming location for its seventh season.

The drama series starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin will begin lensing in the Richmond area in the fall for a 2018 debut, Showtime and Fox 21 Television Studios said Tuesday.

Homeland” showrunner Alex Gansa gave no hints about the storyline for upcoming season in announcing the decision to stay in the U.S., following the New York City setting for Season 6.

Homeland” revolves around Washington, D.C.-based CIA operatives and alumni engaged in counterterrorism and national security operations. The Virginia setting suggests the show’s storylines will be staying close to home again for the coming season. Season 4 was shot in South Africa while the fifth season was lensed and set in Berlin. The show’s first three seasons were largely shot in North Carolina, which doubled for the D.C. and environs.

“We’re thrilled to bring the production of ‘Homeland’ to the
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Homeland Season 7 Setting Revealed — Plus: Who Will (and Won't) Be Back?

Homeland Season 7 Setting Revealed — Plus: Who Will (and Won't) Be Back?
Carrie Mathison’s New York minute is up.

Homeland is staying put in the U.S. in Season 7, but production will relocate from the Big Apple to Central Virginia. This will mark the second consecutive season that the Showtime thriller will shoot at home after spending several years abroad.

RelatedHomeland Star Reacts to Tragic Finale Twist: ‘I Empathize With the Fans’

Meanwhile, in addition to series stars Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, Elizabeth Marvel’s President Elizabeth Keane is expected back, as is Linus Roache, who last season guest-starred as Potus’ right-hand man. It’s unclear if F. Murray Abraham
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Music From ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Homeland’ Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert

The range and diversity of music in current television was vividly showcased in a live concert Thursday night at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Nearly 600 attended “Words + Music: A Concert Celebrating Music Written for Television.”

From “Empire” to “Luke Cage,” “Feud” to “Fargo,” the performance of songs, themes and score excerpts gave composers and songwriters a rare opportunity to emerge from their studios. As “Stitchers” composer Kurt Farquhar quipped at the start of the show, “we’re always in a dark, windowless room for 16 hours a day.”

Actors and showrunners, introducing many of the tunes, were complimentary about the music-making behind the scenes. Actress Chrissy Metz talked about Siddhartha Khosla’s evocative scores for “This Is Us,” Gabourey Sidibe cited the contributions of hip-hop producers Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins to “Empire,” and “Homeland” executive producer Alex Gansa regaled the crowd with tales of composer Sean Callery as if he was a more
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Exclusive: How Real-Life Political Twists Kept Claire Danes on Her Toes

Exclusive: How Real-Life Political Twists Kept Claire Danes on Her Toes
Never a stranger to tackling hot-button topics and explosive political situations, the Showtime drama Homeland found itself in the middle of a real-life plot twist so good it was impossible to ignore -- the 2016 presidential election and its cultural and political aftermath.

While in the middle of the series’ sixth season, showrunner Alex Gansa began writing new scripts and retrofitting scenes into already shot episodes that reflected America’s current political climate, placing a greater burden on the series’ star, Claire Danes, in her role as Carrie Mathison.

“The onus is on the writers to make the show as relevant and reflective of what’s happening as possible. I’m interpreting their work, so it’s fun for me,” Danes tells Et, explaining that it’s the actor’s responsibility to be flexible and responsive to the ever-changing nature of their work. “That’s true of television in general; you’re airing as you’re filming, as you
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Emmy Race Gets Topical This Year as Dramas Double Down on Reality

Emmy Race Gets Topical This Year as Dramas Double Down on Reality
Escapism dominates at multiplexes. But on the small screen, dramas are channeling the zeitgeist in increasingly novelistic ways.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mr. Robot” and “The Americans” have all tapped into unease about government activity, joining “Homeland” and “House of Cards” in that preoccupation, while “Orange Is the New Black” and “This Is Us” tackle social issues head-on.

Even “The Crown,” a period drama rife with political intrigue surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s ascendancy to the throne decades ago, has added resonance in the deeply politicized and sexually regressive Trump era. “Underground,” is based in the 19th century, but doesn’t seem dated when viewed against the backdrop of Black Lives Matter protests.

Thanks to these shows, and the fact that HBO heavyweight “Game of Thrones” is out of the running due to its production schedule, the Emmy race could get a lot more topical this year. As the late-night ratings attest, substance
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TV Adjusts to New Creative Challenge: Constant Trump Drama

TV Adjusts to New Creative Challenge: Constant Trump Drama
The socio-political Tasmanian devil known as President Trump has thrown cultural works of every stripe — from tentpole movies to operas — into chaos since Election Day, everything. But if one single medium has a clear opportunity to interpret for mass audiences the experience of living in these Trumpian times, it is television.

Unscripted comedy and news series have already risen to the challenge, hitting a higher level of ratings and relevance since November. “Saturday Night Live,” late-night broadcast talkers, and shows on Comedy Central, TBS and HBO have all scored by taking meaningful sips from a firehose of daily material.

Scripted drama series, on the other hand, face a far trickier task: mining this turbulent era without alienating precious viewers or risking obsolescence given the lightning clip of the news cycle. The current Emmy season doesn’t feature any one definitive Trump era show, but rather a field of hopefuls that is responding, bit
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Alex Jones Is Too Crazy For TV: Why Shows Can’t Pull Off Conspiracy-Theorist Characters

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Alex Jones Is Too Crazy For TV: Why Shows Can’t Pull Off Conspiracy-Theorist Characters
Conspiracy talk-show host Alex Jones is such a dangerous cartoon that even parodies on TV series like “The X-Files” and “Homeland” can’t capture his lunacy.

The characters on those shows feature some depth, and offer more anger (they at least got that part right) than outright madness. Compare that to the Jones we see barking into the microphone on “Info Wars.” This week, the question of whether or not Jones is actually playing a frothing-at-the-mouth, tinfoil-hat salesman became a centerpiece of the host’s child custody dispute.

“I’m concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress,” said ex-wife Kelly Jones at a pretrial hearing, referencing a profanity-laced recent rant about Rep. Adam Schiff. “He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.” However, according to Jones’ attorney, Randall Wilhite, “He’s playing a character,” Wilhite told the court. “He is a performance artist.
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'Homeland' Actor Discusses His Fate After Season Finale

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2017-04-10T16:05:18-07:00'Homeland' Actor Discusses His Fate After Season FinaleIt may have happened one season later than originally planned, but Peter Quinn is officially out of the picture on Homeland. The character on the Showtime drama, played for the past five seasons by Rupert Friend, went out in a blaze of glory — gunned down by police while speeding Carrie (Claire Danes) and a besieged president-elect to safety. For Friend, it marks the end of a long gig that originally saw him start as a taciturn hitman guest star and ultimately assume leading man status as the show's moral center. His absence sets the stage for a much-changed version of Homeland when it next returns. But, for now, Friend hopped on the phone with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss his final season — including the conversations he had with showrunner Alex Gansa about getting killed
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‘Homeland’ Season 6 Finale Scores Big Ratings Bump Over Premiere

‘Homeland’ Season 6 Finale Scores Big Ratings Bump Over Premiere
The “Homeland” Season 6 finale delivered a big ratings boost to Showtime series on Sunday, improving dramatically over the season premiere back in January.

The finale drew 1.9 million total viewers airing at 9 p.m, according to Nielsen data. The premiere drew 1.1 million, meaning the finale improved on the premiere by approximately 72% in total viewers. In addition, the finale was up 37% in total viewers compared to the episode that aired last week (1.3 million). This season is averaging 5.5 million viewers per week across multiple platforms.

Season 6 picked up several months after Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) thwarted a terrorist attack in Berlin, with Carrie living in Brooklyn and working at a foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the U.S. The season tackled the after-effects of the U.S. presidential election, which in the “Homeland” universe ended with a woman elected to the office for the first time in the country’s history. The
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‘Homeland’ Star on Finale Death: ‘His Time Had Come Up’ (Spoilers)

‘Homeland’ Star on Finale Death: ‘His Time Had Come Up’ (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the Season 6 finale of “Homeland,” titled “America First.”

The season finale of “Homeland” was a chilling one — and though President-elect Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) did make it to the White House, a beloved character made the ultimate sacrifice to get her there.

Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) had cheated death once before on “Homeland,” but this time, there would be no saving him. Whether he knew it was a suicide mission driving a bulletproof car into a lineup of armed soldiers, Friend says Quinn always put the country first.

Here, Friend tells Variety about Carrie’s “sociopathic” tendencies, Quinn’s abusive past with Dar Adal, and what’s ahead for him.

How did you find out you were going to get killed off — again?

(Showrunner) Alex Gansa told me. He’s quite practiced at this. He’s had to kill off multiple characters over the years. I
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‘Homeland’: An Ode to Rupert Friend’s Quinn After a Divisive Finale

‘Homeland’: An Ode to Rupert Friend’s Quinn After a Divisive Finale
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Homeland” Season 6, including the finale which aired Sunday night.]

Peter Quinn died as he lived: charging headfirst into a mess created by Carrie Mathison, saving her and killing himself in the process. As infuriating as it sounds at the onset, Quinn’s death in the Season 6 finale of “Homeland” fit because it mirrored his mentality so well. Quinn spent much of his time on “Homeland” ignoring his own well-being in order to protect Carrie’s, dating all the way back to when he refused to kill Brody because Quinn knew doing so would hurt her. That’s why driving kamikaze-style into a hail of gunfire, with Carrie crouching behind him, is as apt an ending as it is tragic, maddening, and final.

We wanted more for Quinn, but it always felt like too much to hope for, especially after his near-death in Season 5. While some may believe he should’ve been put out of his misery then, Season 6 clarified
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Critic's Notebook: 'Homeland' Closes Repetitious Season 6 With Death, Paranoia and Sadness

[This story contains spoilers from the complete sixth season of Homeland, including Sunday's finale.]   "You've gotta let me go!" Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) wailed in last week's penultimate episode of Showtime's Homeland.    Textually, he was speaking to Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), eternally determined to protect Quinn and use her support for Quinn to atone for what she did to him last season and what she's done to so many people she's loved over the years.    Subtextually, I like to believe Quinn was speaking to Alex Gansa and the...
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