Showtime CEO David Nevins announced earlier today that the network is in final talks with Fox 21 Television Studios to renew its flagship drama series “Homeland” for a seventh and eighth season – keeping it on the network through 2019.
The deal, should it be finalised, will also include star Claire Danes and showrunner Alex Gansa returning to the series which begins production of its sixth season this Summer in New York. Nevins also stresses that the news doesn’t necessarily mean that the show will end with the eighth season either:
“Just because I’m not thinking that far ahead doesn’t mean Alex Gansa and his team aren’t. It’s changing itself pretty dramatically each season. I think more than most, this show has an open-ended expiration date. That said, I’ve been focused on getting this deal done and not really asking what happens beyond this deal.”
The downside of this announcement? The show will not air in its usual fourth-quarter slot this Fall, instead it will premiere the sixth season in January. Normally production begins late Spring, but there was a longer break than usual this year so that Gansa and his writing team had more time to prep for the upcoming season.
The announcements come after a critical resurgence for the series which was highly acclaimed in its first season, fell quite far in its second and third, and has clawed its way back up to a strong level of respect in its fourth and fifth seasons.
Showtime has announced today that they have given a pilot order for the half-hour comedy “White Famous” about a rising young African-American comedian. That series will be executive produced by Jamie Foxx who will guest star in a recurring role.