It was Showtime’s turn at the Television Critics Association press tour today and network CEO David Nevins has confirmed that the upcoming eighth season of “Homeland” to air in June 2019 will be the show’s last.
Nevins stresses Homeland’s end was not due to cancellation, but a decision of showrunner Alex Gansa and those involved in the series, thus allowing the show to reach a “proper conclusion”. Gansa previously said this would be his last year on the series regardless of whether Showtime wanted to continue the show without him.
The same can’t be said for “Shameless” which is now drawing eight million viewers a week as it heads into its expanded ninth season – making it the longest-running drama on premium cable and also the No.1 show on premium cable in 2018 so far.
President of programming Gary Levine says: “That show defies gravity, our feeling is that the Gallaghers can live on. I don’t mind having them on the air for years to come.” Ultimately he adds it will be up to the producers and actors like Emmy Rossum and Bill Macy as to when the series will end.
There is no formal decision yet by Showtime if Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial “Who Is America?” will be back, but the network reportedly wants more. They also confirm the Daniel Craig-led series “Purity” remains on hold due to the actor’s commitments to the next 007 film.
In terms of non-fiction series, the LeBron James three-part docuseries about NBA athletes in the current political environment has scored the excellent title of “Shut Up and Dribble,” and they have set Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to helm a docu-series based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner’s book “Enemies: A History of the FBI” with the first episode airing November 18th.
Levine also feels hopeful for further seasons of “Ray Donovan” beyond its upcoming fifth season with the change of scene from L.A. to New York reportedly helping out. That new season premieres October 28th and you can check out the trailer below.
Source: The Live Feed