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Homeland Isn’t Returning Until 2017, But Don’t Worry, It Looks Like It’s Getting Renewed for Two Additional Seasons

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We’ll have to wait a little longer to see Carrie Mathison and her corkboards. Homeland will be returning to Showtime in January 2017, shifting its usual fall premiere date to a winter one. The network announced that the drama’s production will begin filming in the United States in August after two seasons extensively shooting abroad. The sixth season will find Mathison living in Brooklyn several months after the events of the fifth season finale, where she has begun working at a foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the U.S.; it will also tackle the aftereffects of the presidential election, with the whole season taking place between election day and the inauguration.

Additionally, Showtime boss David Nevins told reporters Wednesday that the network is in final discussions to renew Homeland for a seventh and eighth season. Nevins said that he hasn’t had time yet to consider whether Homeland might call it quits after eight seasons, nor has he considered an endgame for the show. Still, “Just because I’m not thinking that far ahead doesn’t mean [showrunner] Alex Gansa and his team aren’t,” he said. Either way, Nevins doesn’t feel Homeland needs to plot out its future just now. Unlike series that have the same story line from season to season, “Homeland is constantly reinventing itself … and changing itself dramatically,” he said. “It has an open-ended expiration date.”

Additional reporting by Josef Adalian.

Homeland Not Returning Until 2017