Executive Producer Alex Gansa Talks HOMELAND, Critical Reaction to Season 3, Filming in South Africa, the Rebooted Nature of Season 4, and More

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When it premieres on October 5th, Season 4 of the Showtime drama series Homeland will be something of a reboot for the series, with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) back in the field in the Middle East and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) working as a private contractor.  While at the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producer/writer Alex Gansa talked about saying goodbye to one of the shows favorite characters, how much the criticism of the show hurt, why they’re filming this season in Cape Town, South Africa, Carrie’s grieving period, getting the chance to comment on what is happening in the world, the status of the Brody family, and how they would define the show’s identity in Season 4.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

First HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer: Carrie Shifts Her Focus to Pakistan

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Showtime has released the first Homeland season 4 trailer, offering a glimpse at how the drama series plans to continue after the events of the season 3 finale.  Homeland has always been a quick-to-evolve show, running through about three seasons worth of material in its first 12 episodes.  Though the quality of the subsequent episodes failed to match that blissful first run, showrunners Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have never been afraid to swing for the fences.  This debut trailer actually offers up a hefty amount of footage from season 4, promising that we’ll get to see Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison working extensively in Pakistan this time around.  The addition of Corey Stoll and Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma to the cast is encouraging too, so hopefully the significant story shift makes for some interesting new character dynamics.

Hit the jump to watch the Homeland season 4 trailer.  The series also stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, and Nazanin BoniadiHomeland season 4 premieres on Showtime Sunday, October 5th.

HOMELAND Season 4 to Film in South Africa

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Homeland is moving to Capetown, South Africa.  At least, that’s where season four will base its production from mid-June through November of this year.  The new season finds “Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror.”  Co-stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, and Nazanin Boniadi also return when the award-winning Showtime series returns this fall.  Hit the jump for more on the Homeland filming schedule for season four.

Showtime President David Nevins Talks PENNY DREADFUL, HOMELAND Season 4, THE AFFAIR, HAPPYISH, and Why They Didn’t Pickup THE VATICAN

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Showtime, Entertainment President David Nevins took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up.  During the interview, he talked about how far into production their new horror series Penny Dreadful (from screenwriter John Logan) is in Ireland, what viewers can expect from their newest series, The Affair (with Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Josh Jackson and Happyish (with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans), what fans can expect from Season 4 of Homeland, the criticism of Season 3, and what led to The Vatican not getting picked up.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

F. Murray Abraham Talks INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, What It Was Like Working for Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, and More

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Now playing in theaters is one of the best films of the year: Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis.  The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships.  Loaded with incredible performances, an all-star cast (featuring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John GoodmanGarrett HedlundF. Murray AbrahamAdam DriverStark Sands and Max Casella), and a fantastic soundtrack (put together by T-Bone Burnett), Inside Llewyn Davis should not be missed.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with F. Murray Abraham.  He talked about what it was like working for the Coen brothers, whether the script changed during shooting, how his process of getting ready for a role has changed during his career,  what it was like working for Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Returning TV Series of 2013

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In addition to a bevy of new and fantastic shows debuting in 2013, there were also plenty of trusted favorites to keep up with as well.  While BBC America and Sundance provided most of the best new content of the year, stalwart HBO dominates the list of returning programming.  Unlike the list of new series, the returning shows category features a few comedies, an acknowledgement that often it takes comedy series a little longer to get off the ground.  Bottom line, a good show is a good show regardless of format or genre.  Hit the jump for, in no particular order, the list of Top 10 Returning Series of 2013.

HOMELAND Season Three Finale Recap: “The Star”

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For all of the complaints about Homeland this season, “The Star” was a really great ending to a season that, in so many ways, felt like a series finale.  The show has positioned itself in a way to make options wide open for its fourth season.  It’s mostly an exciting prospect, but then again, had the show ended here it would have felt finished.  Homeland also could have ended after its first season, and it’s taken two years to figure out how to fix the fact that it kept going.  “The Star” did that, and provided emotional catharsis for those onscreen, and probably some of us offscreen as well.  Hit the jump for more.

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Leads with 4 Nominations

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The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and unsurprisingly, 12 Years a Slave led the pack with four nods including Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o).  The surprises came with the snubs.  The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, and Inside Llewyn Davis missed the cut, and it’s clear that The Weinstein Company was a heavy hitter by getting multiple nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler and August: Osage County.  Arguably, the biggest snub was Robert Redford for All Is Lost.  Not only is it an acclaimed performance, but also part of his momentum is supposed to be based on the respect he’s accumulated for his long career.  Keep an eye for Oscar Beat as Adam breaks down what the nominations and snubs mean in the long run. [Correction: Adam tells me Wolf of Wall Street was ineligible because it missed the SAG voting deadline, so it's not really a snub]

Hit the jump for the full list of nominations including the ones for television shows.  The winners will be announced on January 18th.

HOMELAND Recap: “Big Man In Tehran”

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What made Homeland so engaging in its first season was the question of whether Brody was really a traitor or not.  There were atrocities committed by both sides, but whether he could be brainwashed against his own country — and even regardless of that, could he ever really come home? — ruled the season.  Since then, the show has returned to this question a few times, even briefly regarding Carrie’s loyalty (which we now know was all a trick).  But in the third season’s penultimate episode, the show once again returns to this founding tenet in a definitive hour.  Hit the jump for more.

HOMELAND Recap: “Good Night”

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The big question left after Brody’s return last week on Homeland was how the show would reintegrate him back into the fold.  For most of this season, Homeland has done just fine without him — thrived, even.  His return confirmed the show’s belief that we still care about him, but also seemed to suggest there would be a plan for him moving forward.  In “Good Night,” we saw how that plan might begin to manifest, and while most of the action was predictable, it did give us the opportunity to see Brody acting like a marine again, rather than a basket case.  Let the healing begin.  Hit the jump for more.

HOMELAND Recap: “One Last Time”

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Homeland went from being more of a spy thriller in the last few weeks to two thirds of a weird romance miniseries in “One Last Time.”  Not that it literally went beyond its hour-long design, but it bizarrely jumped in time and covered a lot of emotional ground.  After all of the buildup we’ve gone through this season to set up the many reveals of this episode, Homeland seemed to shoot them down one by one, in rapid succession, before pivoting on to the next thing.  For more on this crazy ride, hit the jump.

HOMELAND Recap: “A Red Wheelbarrow”

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Last week, Homeland made it easy to separate the spy thriller from the soap opera.  That distinction allowed pretty much everyone — myself chief among them — to say that the soap should be scrubbed.  While pre-natal visits may not be what anyone signed up for with Homeland, “A Red Wheelbarrow” at least started making the personal drama an integral part of this season’s plot.  Kinda.  Saul and Mira’s marital problems, for instance, now have bigger implications than just their own emotions.  And most importantly, Carrie’s baby drama is now part of the larger Javadi plot.  Kinda.  Hit the jump though for why I still don’t think we need it, though.

HOMELAND Recap: “Gerontion”

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Do you know what was special about Homeland this week?  There were no Brodys!  “Gerontion” was about spying — the good, bad and ugly of it.  Better yet, it used Saul as the lynchpin, with some nice moments from the often overlooked Quinn.  “Gerontion” is also the name of a T.S. Eliot poem about the views of an old man, something the episode focused on both generally and specifically with Saul.  It was very different from what we’ve seen lately on the show, and that’s not a bad thing.  Though Homeland tried to shoehorn in some soap this week, it was mostly free of it, to what should be the delight of skeptical viewers.  Hit the jump for more.

HOMELAND Recap: “Still Positive”

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Isn’t Homeland just so much better without Brody?  I’m sorry Damian Lewis, I like you a lot (too much, probably — ask me about my unhealthy devotion to his portrayal of Dick Winters some time).  We even support the same football club.  But since the start of Season Two, the show doesn’t know what to do with you.  So, here we have a series now that is essentially a spy thriller, with some great acting performances.  I’m ok with that, but I understand why other people aren’t.  It isn’t necessarily what we signed up for, but it’s what we’ve got.  In light of that, “Still Positive” was a great episode.  However, remnants of the Brody plot are still spoiling the fun.  Hit the jump for why, “This is just the fucking beginning.”

HOMELAND Recap: “The Yoga Play”

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Whether you loved or hated Homeland‘s big twist last week, there were still plenty of questions about it that needed to be answered.  “The Yoga Play” let Peter Quinn addressed most of them in the first few minutes.  After that, things shifted.  Showrunner Alex Gansa was quoted last week saying how the writers have conceived of this season in blocks of four, which means “The Yoga Play” is the beginning of a new cycle.  It makes sense, and the show is still keeping us on our toes.  Gansa has even promised that the Dana stuff matters.  If there’s anything you wouldn’t trust Homeland about at this point, it would be that.  Luckily though, “Carrie Mathison is a huge fucking draw.”  Hit the jump for more.

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