Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War (Original Hebrew title Hatufim, literally “Abductees”), which was created by Gideon Raff.
The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder, and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Mathison had come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was “turned” by the enemy and poses a threat to the United States.
The series is broadcast in the U.S. on the cable channel Showtime, and is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios (formerly Fox 21). It premiered on October 2, 2011.
The first episode was made available online, more than two weeks before the television broadcast, with viewers having to complete game tasks to gain access.
On October 22, 2013, Showtime renewed Homeland for a fourth season, which premiered on October 5, 2014.On November 10, 2014, Showtime renewed the series for a 12-episode fifth season that premiered on October 4, 2015.On December 9, 2015, the series was renewed for a sixth season.The sixth season will debut on January 15, 2017.The series has also been renewed for a seventh and eighth season;the eighth is expected to be the series’ final.The series has received generally positive reviews, and has won several awards, including the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, and the 2011 and 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, as well as the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, respectively.In September 2016, Gansa announced that he would be crafting the eighth season as the series’ last. He pointed out that the decision would ultimately fall on Showtime, but that he would be moving toward an eight season close. He also stated that it would be his desire to film the final season in Israel, where Homeland’s source series, Prisoners of War originated.Production for the fourth season took place from June through November 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa,while the fifth season moved production to Berlin, Germany.The sixth season began production in August 2016 and is filming in New York City and Morocco.
U.S. President Barack Obama has praised Homeland and is known to be a fan of the show.
Taking place several months after the previous season, Carrie is back in the United States, living in Brook15lyn, New York. She is now working at a foundation whose efforts are to provide aid to Muslims living in the United States. The season features a presidential election, and takes place between election day and inauguration day.
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