At five years old, Showtime's Homeland is as nimble and versatile as ever in the care of showrunner Alex Gansa and star Claire Danes . The Emmy-winning series wraps up it most recent season Sunday night, having already been renewed earlier this month for a sixth season. Executive producer and director Lesli Linka Glatter spoke with The Wrap about this season's exercise in emotional chaos coupled with a fresh, exciting espionage story, just ahead of Sundays finale. TheWrap: The series has really found a rhythm now, leaning on a sort of franchise but changing up the world for these characters each year. Lesli Linka Glatter : For me, by changing locales, by dealing with different world events and content, it keeps it very fresh. Its one thing if youre always in an emergency room. There's lots of dramatic things that happen in an emergency room because thats life or death, but for us the challenge is were almost rebooting the series every year. Read More...
During a year when so many returning series suffered serious audience erosion, Showtimes Homeland and The Affair wrapped their respective seasons Sunday in decidedly strong shape. Final numbers incorporating encore showings and delayed viewing wont be in for a few weeks, but early data suggests Homeland will at worst match its year-ago ratings, while The Affair may be that rare 2015 sophomore series which actually grew its audience. That means that while HBO's The Leftovers deservedly drew raves for its stellar second season, its Showtime rivals reached more viewers this fall (despite HBO being available in more homes). Vulture caught up with Showtime president (and soon-to-be CEO) David Nevins last week to talk about his Sunday successes, whats ahead in 2016 and how Showtime is evolving to meet the challenge from new streaming rivals such as Netflix. And yes, we also asked him how things were going on the Twin Peaks revival. (Spoiler: Its looking good.) Lets talk about Homeland , which will have aired its finale when this interview posts. It was definitely a positive season for the show, both in terms of ratings and buzz. The series seems more focused than its been, maybe a bit less of a soap opera and more of a tense thriller. How did you and the producers manage the transformation, if thats the word? After Brody, the last two years have really been about Alex and the writing staff committing to the idea of this show as a very real-world spy thriller, and trying to tell the story of Americas place in a very complicated world in the 21st century. The show has become much more researched-based. They take a two or three-week trip to Washington, D.C., in January and sit down with a ton of national-security people, CIA people some current, some former and hear what they're concerned about, what they see happening over the course of the next twelve months. Read More...
Call it a Tale of Two Allisons. Or is that Alisons? Not only do the season finales of Homeland and The Affair air back-to-back Sunday night on Showtime (9-11 p.m.), but the shows female leads have vital storylines heading into these heart-pounding episodes. On Homeland, Allison Carr (Mirando Otto) an American-born Russian spy masquerading... http://nypost.com/2015/12/18/sunday-showdown-for-allison-homeland-and-alison-affair/
Eerie parallels between news events and the plot of "Homeland" have prompted "soul searching" by the show's writers. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/12/17/why-fiction-mirrored-grim-reality-on-homeland-this-season/?mod=WSJBlog
When New York Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke today about the email bomb threats sent to schools in the countrys two biggest cities that shut down all Los Angeles public schools, he semi-seriouslydescribed the potential suspect based on they wrote. In reviewing it, the instigator of the threat may be a Homeland fan, basically watching Homeland episodes; itmirrors a lot of recent episodes on Homeland , he said in dismissing the threat as a hoax, possibly influenced by http://deadline.com/2015/12/homeland-school-threats-real-life-isis-terrorism-season-5-berlin-1201667354/
Showtimes Homeland wrapped Season 5 on Sunday night with 2.07 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, up 13 percent and a tenth week-to-week to hit season highs. Homeland was up a tenth from its year-ago finale to mark its second-highest rated season ender. TVLine readers gave the episode an average grade of B-.  http://tvline.com/2015/12/22/homeland-season-5-finale-ratings/
Warning: This story contains a major spoiler from the season finale of Homeland . Peter Quinn is the new Jon Snow. The current TV trend of wait, so are they dead or not? story lines claimed another victim on Sunday night when Showtime's Homeland seemed to be on... http://feeds.ew.com/~r/entertainmentweekly/tv/coverage/~3/v7glHnHDfdQ/homeland-peter-quinn-dead
There are six hours to a terrorist attack on Homeland Season 5 Episode 11 and it appears as if the only way to get viable information about it is from Peter Quinn. Peter Quinn, however, is in a medical coma. He's barely alive. His system sustained major damage due to the sarin gas. To pull him out of the coma could be the end of him. The doctor tells Carrie and Saul he will be happy to let them know the very second Quinn wakes up. He doesn't appear to be joking about the severity of Quinn's situation. Read More... http://www.tvfanatic.com/videos/homeland-season-5-episode-11-preview-what-are-the-risks/
The political thriller and the infidelity drama will return for a sixth season and a third season respectively next year. Read More... http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00092057.html
Homeland remains secure and The Affair is not ending. Showtime on Wednesday officially renewed the Sunday dramas for a sixth and third season, respectively. The pickups come as both shows head into the homestretch of their current seasons (their finales air Dec. 20). Thoughts? Which renewal are you more excited about? Which series is currently http://tvline.com/2015/12/09/homeland-renewed-season-6-showtime/