Category: Alex Gansa

‘Homeland’ will end with season 8, Showtime confirms

‘Homeland’ will end with season 8, Showtime confirms:

What we had all predicted around here but lacked official (i.e., Showtime-provided) confirmation of is now clear. Season 8 will be the show’s last and will premiere in June 2019. Principal production on season 8 is set to begin in January. 

Gansa’s official statement:

Homeland has been the most joyful and rewarding experience of my career. Not many have been as lucky as me — partnered with the miraculous Claire Danes, supported to the ends of the earth by Fox and Showtime, and working in the company of some of the most gifted writers, actors, and filmmakers in the business. I am sad to see the journey coming to an end, but it is time.

Additional background and fodder: per David Nevins, Claire and Alex said that they wanted season 8 to be the last and he asked them to sleep on it. Cue the strange PR strategy during Claire’s Pod Tour of America. David Nevins was also adamant during the executive session at the TCAs that the show is not being canceled but rather coming to its natural conclusion. (For the show’s flagship series for the last eight years, this distinction makes sense. Apparently he also made a Dexter/lumberjack joke.)

Exclusive: ‘Homeland’ showrunner reveals ‘final season’ shakeup plan

Exclusive: ‘Homeland’ showrunner reveals ‘final season’ shakeup plan:

Hello! We missed this, from a few days ago. AG says:

[Season 7 arranges] all the pieces on the chessboard to make that a proper finale for the story we’ve been telling. We get to play this last season in D.C with the intention of taking us overseas for one last chapter. Season 8 will be overseas somewhere. We get to play a story with larger national stakes in season 7 and we’ll go back to a smaller intelligence-based season in 8. We get to pull out all the stops this year and then get to the emotional heart of things in season 8. We’re going to start fresh in season 8 and probably do a fairly big time jump between 7 and 8 and put any Trump parallels behind us. We’ll tell a very contained story, hopefully in Israel.

Showtime not confirming that season 8 is the last one is giving me horror flashbacks to the earlier days of this blog when we’d all wait anxiously for renewal news. MY HOW TABLES TURN. 

(Also re: above this sorta changes my opinion that Carrie is gonna be “captured” by the Russians in the finale because that doesn’t really seem like something you’d do a big time jump away from. But this super duper confirms my belief that we saw the last Carrie/Franny scene in “Clarity.”)

I can’t believe Homeland is trying to educate ME about memes. 

I can’t believe Homeland is trying to educate ME about memes. 

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Nothing here is actually that “secret” or new except Gansa says…

Nothing here is actually that “secret” or new except Gansa says that he had told Rupert Quinn was going to die at the end of season 5 but Rupert didn’t want to die until the end of season 6.

Ok. That sounds fake, but ok.

findmyrupertfriend: New and fantastic pics fr…

findmyrupertfriend:

New and fantastic pics from @daylightkaty and her friend who took many of these pics and is on IG: thelearnedcat.

Thanks so, so much, ladies! 

PS The body language in the second pic with Gansa’s shoulders up while Rupert is, like, “um, I’m trying really hard to take you seriously,” is amusing me greatly.

And no eyecontact while he is talking to G-man.

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

What the ‘Homeland’ Creator Learned on His First Trip to Trump’s Washington:

Most interesting/relevant questions/answers: 

Is it a break to not take so many real world cues, given how fatiguing the news cycle can be?

I hesitate to predict what an audience wants to watch, but I don’t think they want to watch a mirroring of what’s happening in the world right now. We’re telling our story of where Carrie Mathison is at this point in the trajectory of her life and honoring what we did last season. It’s been a relief, a little, sure. But at the same time, Homeland does always try to be relevant. So there are issues we are commenting on — the FBI or questions like “How do you remove a president from office?” These are ideas being discussed on a daily basis in the real world, and we’re also discussing them on the show.

What are some of the themes you wanted to explore this season?

We are definitely exploring Carrie’s bipolar disorder. One of the big themes of the year is that the divisions in her own mind are mirroring the divisions in our society. While she’s coming apart, so’s the country. Episode by episode, that’s what we are trying to articulate.

Some viewers were bound to be upset when Rupert Friend left the show, but did you expect an ad campaign to bring him back?

I think we were all aware that a part of our fanbase that was not going to be happy, but there are so many factors that go into these things. It’s so complicated. We felt that Peter Quinn’s tenure on the planet was over, and he was done being part of Carrie’s story. But, yes, we were expecting a backlash of some kind. People are always upset when a beloved character dies.

I have to say that while I’m relieved to know they’re not trying to mirror real-life events this season, for a group of producers who were “expecting a backlash of some kind” they sure handled it horribly.

How ‘Homeland’ Relates To Real Life

How ‘Homeland’ Relates To Real Life:

Here’s Alex Gansa on Morning Edition. Rachel Martin asks about and then they discuss:

  • How the season is about our “divided society” and how that makes America an easier target of foreign powers. 
  • Brett O’Keefe/Alex Jones (zzzzzzz)
  • Spy Camp
  • “The divisions in [Carrie’s] mind mirror the divisions in society.” 

You don’t need to listen. You’ve heard it all before.

ETA: I do appreciate Steve Inskeep’s closing snark about Carrie “trying to save democracy.” I always liked you, Steve! 

May I have a moment… ?

findmyrupertfriend:

Crazy day, right? Our in-box is overflowing so please be patient with us.

I went dark around 5:30 pm because by brain hurt with it all. I silenced my phone, brought a kid to gymnastics, went home and made dinner. Four hours later here’re my thoughts.

In one corner there is Rupert speaking at Mandy’s Walk of Fame ceremony which is no small thing for someone as old and sentimental and famous (in his own way) as Mandy Patinkin. We should all recall the Emmy promotion party days before 6.12 aired in which exactly one cast member hung back and did photos with him:

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In the other corner is the insufferable Claire Danes on CBS This Morning talking in detail about 6.12, and later The View and on Stephen Colbert, with no mention her FIVE YEAR TENURED co-star’s departure. 

Okay, Claire. Don’t let integrity hit you on the way out.

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In the third is Gansa jerking off to Saul and Carrie being the primary relationship on the show leaving absolutely no equivocation on his goal the whole damn time:

You’ve always said before that theirs is the core relationship of this show. Are we going to see them come back together? Is that going to continue to play out over the course of the season?

Especially with Peter Quinn gone, that is the first and foremost relationship on the show. And that is really what we’re going to be exploring in season 7 and season 8.

(Sara on HYH has a brilliant post delving into this. She’ll post it Tuesday.)

And in the last corner is us, the fans. 

Here’s the part that’s been said before: They don’t care. There’s something seriously rotten in the state of Homeland. Gansa is a hack, and Claire metaphorically sucks his dick in ways that are positively embarrassing for someone of her intelligence.

Here’s what’s new-ish: Rupert has landed key parts in four films and one lead in a TV series in record time. We needn’t spend any time wringing our hands for him. He’s just fine.

I spent the morning debating with two HYH blog members who kinda sorta continue to defend Claire/Alex/HL. Why? I don’t know. This is simply NOT a show for fans. I’m not even sure it’s a show for casual viewers. There are dozens (maybe even hundreds) of newbies replying with horror to SHO_HL’s promos and grieving/raging about Quinn. It’s not like we, the core fandom, made this shit up.

Homeland is a tribute to Gansa’s ego, full stop. The point is there’s no pay-back to be found here. Not in a ratings drop (nor will anyone care if there is), not in PR, not with wished-for words from Claire or Gansa which will never come, and likely not in canon.

Let’s focus on Rupert’s future projects. They’re pretty damn cool

This.

‘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:

Pretty interesting interview (comparatively) in which Gansa addresses the lack of reference to PQ in 7.01, and Russia’s involvement in the storyline, among other topics. 

You’ve always said before that theirs [Carrie and Saul’s] is the core relationship of this show. Are we going to see them come back together? Is that going to continue to play out over the course of the season?

Especially with Peter Quinn gone, that is the first and foremost relationship on the show. And that is really what we’re going to be exploring in season 7 and season 8.

But you don’t reference Quinn’s absence in the first episode. Is that going to come back and play a role?

Oh, he will definitely be referenced. He is not referenced in the first episode. But his absence will be addressed.