Category: Howard Gordon

Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa Ink Big Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television Studios

Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa Ink Big Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television Studios:

Interesting. Thank to Julie for the tip! 

Homeland at Hayden Center: Espionage in Popular Culture

Homeland at Hayden Center: Espionage in Popular Culture:

Can’t get the video to embed directly here (it’s unlisted, maybe that’s why… damn spooks), but here’s the full video of the panel Lesli, Claire, Mandy, and Howard did with former CIA director General Michael Hayden. It’s quite long but also quite interesting. It’s a DC/academic/intelligence crowd, which drives a lot of the discussion and questions. Also it’s Mandy Patinkin at his Mandy Patinkin-est. 

Here’s a portion of the FYC event from the other night. There…

Here’s a portion of the FYC event from the other night. There are some truly wild stories in here about how Alex Gansa rewrote the Keane speech in the finale and Mandy’s most vivid takeaways from spy camp. 

From the Instagram account of @independentpublicrelations – a…

From the Instagram account of @independentpublicrelations – a picture from tonight’s panel in DC “Espionage in Popular Culture” event at the Hayden Center.

Just watched Howard Gordon for the hour on Oxford Union, a series of one-on-one conversations with notable guests. Fascinating if you’re a TV geek, especially X Files, 24, & HL (Cynthia?). The last 20 minutes are especially good with Q&A from the audience. Published on YouTube in September, but unsure when it actually took place.

Thanks for the heads up! The event took place June 15. Here’s the video for those who’d like to watch:

I’d love to know how many people actually showed up to watch 6.12 at UVA. First of all, why would you want to sit through it again? Second, if you’re not caught up, why watch the finale? Makes no sense to me.

I personally would have suffered through 6.12 again for the panel alone! 

The University of Virginia has an an incredible arts department, though, and it’s only an hour and change from Richmond… between students and people in the area involved/interested in filming, I have no doubt they’d be able to scrounge up a respectable audience. 

It’s just weird that I can find no information about it online! Anybody else having any luck?

Any intel on the America First view and discussion tonight? I’m guessing Ashley they are still pretending Q is dead? 😂

We haven’t received any reports as of yet! Preliminary searching has given me zero information. 

It’s interesting to me that Howard Gordon was actually at the panel, not Alex Gansa. Like I’d have given literally anything to be there… I mean, not enough to, like, go to Virginia, but actually I totally was looking up flights. (There are no nonstop flights from Boston -> Charlottesville, alas.)

A few months ago, I had a conversation with an actor who has worked extensively with Howard Gordon. I was talking to him about Homeland, and he informed that his only connection to the show is Howard — and that Howard actually has nothing to do with Homeland anymore.

Obviously you should take that with many grains of salt, but it’s just… interesting to me.

Howard Gordon’s popped up very sporadically over the past couple of seasons. First, he confirmed to us that Quinn was alive. Now, he’s at a panel for a screening of “America First.” Sans Alex Gansa, even. 

What does this mean? I don’t fucking know. Can somebody who went to the panel please, please, please fill us in? 

Sorry, Alex. It’s more than “just a small group of fans.”




#NotOurHomeland has banded Homeland fans together from across the globe to amplify and bring light to an already large segment of #Homeland’s disappointed viewers, their voices, concerns and outrage.

Unfortunately for Executive Producer and current Homeland showrunner, Alex Gansa and Showtime boss, David Nevins – the criticism of this past season of Homeland doesn’t begin or end with the current fan response.  Here are a few snippets of Season 6 reviews from television bloggers, critics, reporters, etc.

From The Hollywood Reporter:  

“…Alex Gansa and the executive producers of Homeland, who made a cottage industry out of torturing Quinn, putting him in near-death positions and then stringing the character and the audience along, refusing to just take him off narrative life support and let everybody (including Friend) move on.”

“…To me, the monkey thing was a nadir of a performance that could never feel grounded because the writing never let it feel grounded. The whole season’s arc became analogous, as far as I was concerned, to the show’s general failures with Quinn. He was a great character and Friend was giving a great performance when Quinn was a cold-hearted, badass killer, when he was the kind of operative who might even give Jack Bauer nightmares. When they tried to force romance and pathos and near-death after near-death after near-death on him, Quinn worked less and less. Although he was somewhat correct to blame Carrie for his weakened condition, he was also right when he tried reverting to the ruthless figure he was before, when he tried claiming he was too far gone to be changed. If only the writers had respected that a few years ago.”

From Entertainment Weekly:  

“…Homeland took a long, winding, and at times bewildering path…”

“…I’m disappointed to see the show couldn’t keep its emotional ball in the air long enough to make [Quinn’s] sacrifice sink in. Did we need an entire, drawn-out episode of Carrie just crying over his death? Of course not — and that wouldn’t have felt right for the character. But did her crying over his copy of Great Expectations (a novel with a classic, absolutely appropriate story of love and loss) six weeks later resonate the way her drawing a star for Brody did? To me, it just missed the mark.”

“And it missed it because it raced ahead to set up the next season. Homeland has always kept a fast pace, but the time jump, combined with that chilling, sinister shot of Keane shut in inside the Oval Office, felt like it came out of nowhere. Yes, we’ve seen Keane’s steely resolve slowly torn down over the course of the season, and yes, we’ve seen how she had been hurt before by those around her, especially when she had been kept at the compound, but we spent barely a minute with her after the assassination attempt to understand her thinking. The new chief of staff is also a question mark, and the new status quo feels too extreme, too bleak to be real.”

From IndieWire

“[Peter Quinn] who inexplicably survived a debilitating attack last season only to perish while trying to protect the President-Elect from the people who were supposed to protect her. Quinn was a beloved fan favorite, and his role in the show cannot be overstated. His death, however, felt anticlimactic and almost too blunt to be believed. After agonizing over his fate at the end of Season 5, a quick and inarguable resolution was appreciated. (Carrie immediately said he was dead, and his memorial was referenced after the time jump.) But it felt like delayed punctuation for a fate resolved a year ago.”

From The Atlantic:  

“The sixth season revealed a TV show trying desperately to keep up with the news, and sacrificing coherence as a result.”

“Part of the issue, too, is that Homeland is always waging an internal war between the erudite political drama it aspires to be and the extravagantly ludicrous and enjoyable thriller it actually is…”

“…trying to knit together fiction and nonfiction seamlessly means sacrificing something from either category.”

From AV Club:

“…more than anything, “America First” is such a deeply implausible and phony episode, a radicalized Carrie wouldn’t be any harder to believe than the crimes committed by Dar Adal and his treasonous “deep state” co-conspirators.”

“Quinn gets a send-off that would be fitting and poignant had it not grown out of such a profoundly silly plot. As much as Quinn will be missed, the decision not to write him out at the end of season five is more confounding than ever.”

“The grossest thing about this finale to me is how it returns Homeland to the neo-conservative fantasy it’s always threatening to become. If the president watched this show, I shudder to think what he would take away from a story in which a newly-elected Interrupter-In-Chief becomes a literal target of deep-staters intent on usurping his power. The ending seemed to condemn Keane’s actions, but there was, in fact, a far-reaching conspiracy to assassinate her. I don’t know that her arrest spree is that unreasonable a response under the circumstances.”

“I, your humble reviewer, will not be back next season. This season finally pushed me away and I feel comfortable parting ways with Homeland. Good luck and godspeed.”

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Gone is the series’ original vitality, replaced with predictable politeness.”

Not so small

Not small at all. I’d say, relevant…

If Gansa could’ve put his ego aside and said anything remotely sincere, he could’ve tempered this fan outrage. It’s pretty pompous to think that he can completely disregard the people who choose to consume his product. Someone should tell him that you get more bees with honey. ???

(Sharing that advice with the casting director might be wise too. #ShesClassy #NotReally)