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On Friday afternoon, Showtime invited all the reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour to a Homeland-themed lunch and stuffed them with Middle Eastern food, probably because when we're full, we're less likely to ask mean-spirited questions about Dana Brody. 

Showrunner Alex Gansa kicked off the event by delivering a live press release, announcing that Homeland's fourth season will debut on Sunday, October 5 at 9pm. 

He also took the opportunity to release the first real trailer for Season 4, which looks pretty good and appears to be hitting the reset button by sending Carrie back into the field with no romantic entanglements keeping her back:


And then it was time for a panel discussion with Gansa as well as executive producers Meredith Stiehm and Alex Cary. Here are the highlights:

– Former executive producer Howard Gordon isn't part of Season 4, but Gansa said that Gordon hasn't really been part of the show's day-to-day process since the pilot. Gordon is currently overseeing Tyrant for FX.

– How believable was it that Carrie was able to secure a promotion in light of her struggles with mental stability? "Emotionally, she has stabilized," Gansa said, and then Stiehm chimed in to add, "I think there are some people who are so talented that you forgive past deeds, and Carrie Mathison is one of those people." Gansa pointed out that what Carrie and Saul were able to pull off in Season 3 was incredible: they were able to get two countries to talk who hadn't spoke in decades. He said he views their actions as a success, and that it's plausible that Carrie would be rewarded with a promotion. 


– Speaking of Carrie and Saul's long con, which infuriated many viewers, the producers remained steadfast in their defense of the storyline. "That was a twist that was long in the works and we worked incredibly hard to deliver it in a believable way," Gansa said. "If people didn't read that while they were watching, then okay." He said Carrie and Saul weren't acting like themselves because they weren't acting like themselves, and that 95 percent of what Carrie was going through (when she was in the mental hospital and Saul was assassinating her character) was real. For what it's worth, I still think that whole story was horrible and a total rip-off

– What's the status of Brody's family? Gansa said it's currently hard to say, but they're "probably not" going to appear. 

– Gansa said the writers spent about two weeks seriously considering setting the show in Israel, but he's happy they didn't. Obviously.  

– There will be "five or six new characters" this season, including one played by Life of Pi's Suraj Sharma, who Carrie will try to 

– The actor who played Carrie's father, James Rebhorn, passed away in March. The show will honor him, but producers are not saying how. 

– Gansa said they "got a huge kick out of" Saturday Night Live's 2012 parody of Homeland

– What was the team's reaction to general viewer disappointment in Season 3? "We love our show," Gansa said. "We take criticism seriously and personally." He explained that Brody's participation in Season 3 was limited because the producers didn't feel like they had enough to do with him. Gansa couldn't seem understand how people could look at the last six or seven episodes of Season 3 and not think Homeland is one the best shows on television. Especially the last two episodes; he thought they were among the best the series has ever done. He also said he's hurt that Homeland didn't earn an Emmy nomination.  

– Now that Brody is out of the picture and the series is taking place primarily overseas, what's Season 4 all about? In one phrase, "The private and public costs of keeping America safe," Gansa said.


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AIRED ON 12/20/2015

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This guy is deluasational if he think Homeland season three could be nominated as the best drama.
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I hate when series don't stay true to what they delivered in the first season.
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Not sure if I wanna watch this season or not tbh, I still havent forgiven the writers for what they did to Brody.
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I Watched season 3 and are the writers serious???? Carrie dis obey's every order giving to here and she gets a promotion??? And her standing on a fence yelling FOR brody would have got her shot (rightfully so), And she is batty to boot??? having a terrorist's baby and after All that and they promote her??? Really..................Seriously really??? Are the writers on strike and they hired some escaped inmates from a mental institute to write this???
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Yay more Homeland! I never found season 3 such a disaster. Sure the Brody family drama was unwatchable and there was that one episode wholly sent in Caracas devoted to Brody misery that was pretty boring and self-indulgent but other than that, I still enjoyed this show than most others. And the second half of the season was brilliant and Brody's ultimate demise was perfectly plotted and executed (in my opinion).
At any rate, it will be good to see Carrie in the field again and I really hope they use more Quinn as a character but considering how much rubbish is on TV, I still find Homeland amongst the top shows.
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I think the way brody went out was a total rip-off. he should have suicide bombed the VP. the claim that showtime wouldn't allow it doesn't seem to hold water when they were allowed to kill him off a season later, and in a far lamer fashion. I could have more easily gotten behind capital punishment for treason or something. not killed for being white in the middle east or whatever it was. that disillusioned sort of "I'm making one of the best shows on TV" thinking has got to be one of the reasons why it is not what he thinks it is.

like the americans, it's slow and well acted and doesn't often reveal itself to be outright stupid (homeland has done this on the other hand) and so people think it's gold. in reality it's the TV equivalent of oscar-bait. as many shows now are. meanwhile legitimately all around well constructed shows are being cancelled (no I'm not talking about true blood.)

stupid audience, stupid showrunners. there's just no winning. I want a return to the quality of HBO shows past. deeply immersive and carried by brilliant dialogue. john hanna single handedly upped the caliber of spartacus season 1 and 1.5 from b/b+-grade to A. Justified went overlooked despite having the wittiest dialogue since deadwood. the newsroom got overlooked or scoffed at because politics and sorkin are apparently too divisive but the show delivered incredibly solid performances and writing and you are guaranteed dumber for missing it.

now it's all pseudo-softcore pr0n and pretentious wannabe-greats with no real story to tell and no regard for the potential betterment of the viewer.

I can't believe how slim my picking have become. the only way to maybe rectify (okay now that's one damn good show, thank goodness) it would be to go back to binge drinking so my IQ dropped as low as the rest of you, at least for the duration of the utter crap I'm expected to sit through if I want a current-TV fix.
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I forgot the gore porn that's become all the rage. that stuff is f*cking disgusting.
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The trailer looks promising. But if Gansa really is in that much denial about how horrible Season 3 was, I'm going to be wary of S4. Learning from your mistakes is pretty important for shows, no matter how young or old they are (Arrow, Supernatural, Defiance so far), and if you're not even willing to admit to some missteps, then you'll end up like Revolution. *Collective shudder*

What makes things worse for Homeland is that 24 came back this season with a vengeance and reminded everyone how absolutely fantastic it is. And that's without Gansa or Gordon, which is very telling in itself. While we don't know if there will be more 24LAD or not, the audience was reminded how great a show can be, which raises the bar for Homeland.

Fingers crossed S4 will be as good as S1 was. But in the meantime...

Let's all rejoice in not having to see Dana Brody ever again!!! Though I do feel bad for Morena Baccarin as she's a great actor who never truly got material worthy of her talents on Homeland. Hopefully her and Damian Lewis will join some solid projects.
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After seeing 24 come back, Homeland is clearly inferior to it. Season 3 was so bad (save for the finale) And this season looks just as unintersting
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I loved S1 and S2 and bought the DVD's, S3 didn't thrill me, wouldn't say I hated it, but just not thrilled. Will not buy 3 on DVD unless S4 is awesome enough for me to want to re-watch all of them, where I just accept S3 as a "bridge season", otherwise any re-watches will be just S1 and S2.
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What's happening with Carrie's baby? From what I remember she would have left it with her father and sister - but since Rebhorn's dead, I guess his character's as well. So how will this work out with her going back into the field?

I loved the Brody/Carrie relationship, but I'm going to give season 4 a chance.
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This shows turns increasingly into the 2010s' 24, with the main difference being that Homeland went downhill faster. You have quite a lot of similarities: people acting crazy, people doing absurd things without being caught, moles, conspiracies, massive action scenes, disposable characters (though sometimes lasting for more than a season).

This is naturally not surprising at all, given the extensive work that Homeland's producers have done on 24 - Gordon Howard was showrunner for seasons 5-8 and he wrote the story arcs for seasons 3 and 4, while Alex Gansa wrote for season 7. Still, it is disappointing that these two cannot create anything more original. I still wish they had left Homeland as a mini series, with Brody killed in the final scene - that would have been one to remember.
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Hoping Quinn gets more screen time in Season 4.
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I loved the show but without Brody it's going to have a hilariously pathetic death. Brody made the show interesting and watchable not Carrie in the slightest. Everyone I know that was obsessed with this show is done with it as am I.
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fuck. i loved the Carrie /Saul rouse. It was genius. i'm thinking S4 will kick ass. Brody is dead- needed to be. And Quinn is fabulous. Oh and ps. I like Dana, the actress is good. he suicide attempt was earnest and real.
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The trailer was okay, but then I read Gansa's comments, and then my hopes fell even lower.
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Yes, Danes is good but not that good. Her character soon became a one-trick pony of shaken-headed, swearing gibberish mush that acted as she saw fit. And not, more realistically, a subtle covert type with viper-like tendencies set in lands where women are not to be seen or heard.
If the show doesn't get it's self another stabilising male or female Brody for Carrie to interact with I, for one, am getting the freezer stocked with ice cubes for the lemon soon to be on tap.
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yeah the show runners should go and watch 24 and learn how to do a proper show. Season 3 was so bad I can't see myself watching season 4. Hope for the sake of others who still want to watch this show, they better make it awesome.
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It's nice to have 24 back on the air, but the last thing we need is for Homeland to turn into another 24. 24 uses an extremely convoluted and implausible story to squeeze in as many action scenes as possible. It's entertaining, but it's incredibly stupid at times. Homeland is supposed to be a much more serious show, with less stupid, and a much better story told at a slower pace.

What we need is for the characters to make decisions that make sense. I don't like that they had Saul and others act out of character for no reason in season 3, and I'm concerned about the fact that Gansa is defending that now. On the other hand, the only times I'm aware of when a showrunner admitted that what they had done didn't work, they weren't able to do much better later. So I would still have been concerned if he had admitted that they screwed up season 3.
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Actually, Howard Gordon, one of Homeland's showrunners, was the showrunner for 24 in seasons 5-8, so I think he has a very good idea about 24. The problem is that during his reign as 24's showrunner, the show really went downhill, even though it started off with a great season (5). It seems to be pattern with Gordon, since Homeland was indeed great in its first season, but went downhill after that.
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Did I see corey stoll? I thought hes playing the strain?
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I thought it was him too, but then I paused it, and I don't think it looks like him anymore. Uh...wait...I just looked him up at IMDb, and they say that he will appear in episode 4x01. He seems like too good an actor to only appear in one episode, and IMDb often don't know how many episodes an actor will be in before the season starts, so it's possible that he will be in many episodes.
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I love Homeland and I try to have faith they'll pull off season 4 properly...but the trailer still looked a bit 24-esque - I like 24 but I turned to Homeland for the realism and stealth, not excessive explosions :0
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This Gansa guy seems a little blind to his mistakes. Apparenty he is not capabe of looking at his work through the eyes of others.
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Anyone else's mind go straight to "Yay! Spooks Crossover!" when Raza Jaffrey popped up in the trailer in all his greatness?
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Here's a good test for whether producers know what they're doing - how do they react when there is general consensus that the last season was bad. If they're in denial (*cough* Dexter *cough*) then they're hardly going to learn anything going forward. These guys sound a little on the delusional side to me. I'm not confident. Plus surely the show will be less about Homeland security if it's set entirely in the field. We'll see.
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I certainly thought the season 3 second half were just riveting. TV drama at its best. The finale was the best of Homeland so far, damn near broke my heart . I was not disappointed by the Carrie /Saul deception in fact I took my hats off to the writers and actors. Homeland is best watched at a binge. It started really slowly and picked up speed. I have learned that. My only peeves are the too long stretch of Carrie being off her meds I hate those parts!!!!
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I am looking forward to season 4 and i actually liked season 3. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't the best either.
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Did the show really got better towards the end of season 3? All the negative comments about season 3 have made me hold-off on seeing it.
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SPOILERS (if you do not know how Season 3 ended)

Nearly everyone agrees Homeland got better towards the end of Season 3. The disagreement is how bad the first part of Season 3 was. I am in the minority that didn't find it SO bad but you'll have to judge for yourself. I do think critics went a bit over the top with the Homeland bashing last year but what do I know.... At any rate, I thought Brody's send off was executed brilliantly so just for that, it's worth checking Brody's final mission.
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I find many of the negative comments that were posted here extremely exaggerated. It's true that season 3 was a disappointment, and a pretty big step down from seasons 1-2, but it wasn't so bad that you need to stop watching it.
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By "here", I meant tv.com, not this page. In particular, I was thinking about the review articles and their comments.
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The only thing that was better was the lack of Dana on the 2nd half, but even that didn't help much.
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The endng parts of season 3 was the BEST of the show!You wont be disappointed....I wasnt.
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I will agree with "better". I give this show hell because I have such high expectations.

If you are a fan of Homeland...sticking with the 3rd season until the end pays of massively.
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Better is a strong word.
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Not really it was the weakest of all the seasons
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You took the words right out of my mouth. I haven't watched an episode of season 3. Loved season 1 and 2.
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