Showtime Nears Deal on Two-Season ‘Homeland’ Renewal

Series will move to January for Season 6, while “Shameless” lands its fall time slot

Last Updated: June 1, 2016 @ 1:52 PM

Showtime and 20th Century Fox are close to a two-season renewal deal for “Homeland,” which is being moved to January. So, beyond early 2017’s Season 6, that means Seasons 7 and 8 are likely coming, too.

Meanwhile, “Shameless” will take the spy show’s fall time slot.

“Homeland” Season 6 will return to the United States for production in New York City; Showtime’s flagship series spent the past two years filming overseas.

Here are some plot details for the upcoming run, all in Showtime’s own words:

After she thwarted a terrorist attack in Berlin, Season 6 picks up several months later and finds Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) back on American soil, living in Brooklyn, NY. She has begun working at a foundation whose efforts are to provide aid to Muslims living in the United States.

Season 6 will tackle the after effects of the U.S. presidential election, with the entire season taking place between election day and the inauguration. It’s a strange, transitional time in the halls of government filled with anxiety and different competing interests, where a very fragile and complex transfer of power takes place between the outgoing president and the incoming president-elect.

“We are proud that ‘Homeland’ has been so consistently recognized for its excellence with awards and critical acclaim, but we are in awe of how the series fearlessly mines the geopolitics of our complicated world and translates that into compelling human drama,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “Under Alex Gansa’s brilliant leadership, ‘Homeland’ has shown an uncanny ability to reinvent itself which makes us supremely confident that this show will remain as distinctive, relevant and cutting edge as anything on television for as long as these producers want to continue.”

“Homeland” was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series “Prisoners of War” by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for Season 6 will be Chip Johannessen, Lesli Linka Glatter, Patrick Harbinson, Michael Klick, Gideon Raff, Avi Nir and Ran Telem.