Showtime Renews Homeland, The Affair

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ask a Show Runner: Submit Questions for Alex Gansa of ‘Homeland’.

Following major story changes during their present seasons, both The Affair and Homeland have been picked up for a third and sixth season respectively by Showtime.”Homeland,” which has won several Emmys and awards since debuting in 2011, received a SAG nomination Wednesday for an outstanding drama series, plus an outstanding female actor nod for Claire Danes.

“Homeland” has come a long way since its early days as a cat-and-mouse psychodrama between Carrie Mathison, Clare Danes’s erratic C.I.A operative, and Sgt. During The Affair’s second season, which is currently airing, the relationship drama expanded from two perspectives to four, with co-stars Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson getting screen time to flesh out their characters in addition to the show’s leads Ruth Wilson and Dominic West. The series also underwent another format change after enduring first-season complaints, so that there are at most only two scenes each episode that overlap from multiple characters’ retelling, rather than the multiple which ultimately slowed the pace of season-one events. The two shows, which are set to air their respective season finales on Dec. 20, are the top two rated currently airing scripted series on premium television. star was just nominated for the Screen Actors Guild’s Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Drama Series for the fourth year in a row.

Several weeks back, Vanity Fair’s James Wolcott declared Homeland revived from its fourth-season slump thanks to a much-needed plot change especially relevant to our present crises with terrorists and counterterrorists. Homeland is set to wrap up season five at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, with Carrie (Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) racing to stop a terrorist attack on Berlin after discovering a barely alive Quinn (Rupert Friend), who was tortured by the terrorists planning the attack. A special 70-minute edition of The Affair will follow at 10 p.m., which promises to answer plenty of long-held fan questions—including who killed Scotty Lockhart. Gansa was a writer and producer on series ranging from “24” to “Dawson’s Creek.” He was also one of many acclaimed TV creators who came through the “X-Files” shop in the 1990s (see also: Vince Gilligan, Frank Spotnitz, et. al).

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