Category: Alex Gansa

Writers Guild Awards Announces 2019 TV Nominees

Writers Guild Awards Announces 2019 TV Nominees:

Alex Gansa was nominated for a WGA award for episodic drama for writing that abyss of hopelessness, “Paean to the People.” 

The Surreal World: TV Delves Into Paranoia, Anxiety and Misinformation

The Surreal World: TV Delves Into Paranoia, Anxiety and Misinformation:

Interesting article about a new wave of TV shows highlighting paranoia, mental illness, and characters’ relationships with an increasingly broken world. Homeland is mentioned and Alex Gansa says:

Even back then, 10 years after 9-11, we felt that [Carrie’s] bipolar condition really mirrored what was happening in the United States in terms of how polarized the country had become. But that just pales in comparison to the way things are now.

This kinda feeds into this thought I’ve had in the last few months, about Carrie being a hero trying to save a world that is profoundly broken. 

‘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!