Five Things You Didn’t Know about Alex Gansa
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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
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
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
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.”
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Speaking of Homeland‘s first female Potus, Carrie’s
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
“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
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
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.
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
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
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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