Showtime Sets Final Season of Homeland


Showtime has confirmed that the eighth season of the hit drama Homeland, debuting in June 2019, will be the last for the series.

Production on the final 12 episodes will begin in early 2019 in a yet-to-be-determined location. “Homeland has been a game-changing series for Showtime, as provocative about the world we live in as it is prescient,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks. “This project, arriving right at the beginning of my Showtime tenure thanks to Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and brought to life by a remarkable cast led by Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, is a richly written character study that is now ready for its natural conclusion. Viewers will be rewarded by the way Alex brings Homeland home.”

The network also announced that the ninth season of its hit comedy series Shameless will expand to a 14-episode order. It will air in two parts, this fall and in winter 2019. The first seven episodes will begin airing on September 9 at 9 p.m., with a midseason finale on October 21 at 9 p.m. The second half of season nine will premiere on January 20, 2019, at 9 p.m.

Showtime will premiere a new documentary series from Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning director Alex Gibney tentatively titled Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI. The series will provide an in-depth look into the long history of conflict between American presidents and the FBI. The four-part doc series will premiere its first installment on November 18 at 8 p.m.

Also in the way of unscripted, there’s a new three-part documentary series, Shut Up and Dribble, coming to the network in October. Executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, the series will take an inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA.

Additionally, season six of the hit drama series Ray Donovan will launch on October 28 at 9 p.m. The new limited series Escape at Dannemora will debut on November 18 at 10 p.m.