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Showtime Is Keeping “Homeland” Fans Waiting for New Season


L-R: Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, Claire Danes in “Homeland”; Jim Fiscus/SHOWTIME(LOS ANGELES) — A new season of Homeland will keep you warm in the winter next year.

Showtime announced Wednesday that its hit drama, starring Claire Danes, will return next January for season six. It’s a scheduling change for the show, which had been airing in the fall.

The sixth season of Homeland will be set in the U.S. and will begin production in New York starting in August. Danes’ Carrie Mathison will be living in Brooklyn, in the wake of a presidential election, and working at a foundation that aims to assist Muslims living in the United States.

Seasons four and five were shot in South Africa and Berlin.

Showtime CEO David Nevins told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that the cable network is close to deal for a seventh and eighth season of Homeland, Variety notes.

A few other tidbits to come out of Showtime on Wednesday:

— Showtime has picked up the limited series Purity, starring Daniel Craig and based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Franzen. It’s described as a “morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder.” Production begins next year.

— The network has ordered a comedy pilot from Jamie Foxx titled White Famous, about a young African-American comedian who deals with crossing over to “white famous” status, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Foxx will executive produce and have a recurring role in the project.

— Showtime has set return dates for three of its popular series. Masters of Sex will kick off its fourth season September 11; Shameless debuts its seventh season on October 2; and The Affair is back for its third season November 20.

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