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Hot Mess 'Homeland' Nears 2 Season Renewal with Showtime

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Clarifying up front: this is good news.

Showtime and 20th Century Fox are close to a two-season renewal deal for “Homeland,” which is being moved to January. So, beyond early 2017’s Season 6, that means Seasons 7 and 8 are likely coming, too.

Meanwhile, “Shameless” will take the spy show’s fall time slot.

“Homeland” Season 6 will return to the United States for production in New York City; Showtime’s flagship series spent the past two years filming overseas.

I was a latecomer to the “Homeland” fan base, and ended up binge-watching the entire series last December. I was reluctant at first, having seen a very mixed bag of social media comments about it the last few years. Never have I spent so much time wondering if I wanted to quit watching a series, yet being unable to pull my eyes away from it. There were times when I was convinced that Claire Danes’ insistence upon moving her head with virtually every syllable of the script she delivers would make me either have a seizure or throw my coffee table at the television. Thank the television gods that Mandy Patinkin is always nearby to take the edge off of the Danesian frenzy.

Some of the plot lines seem drug-induced, some have Nostradamus-level prescience. The end of season five took a sharp turn into “Huh?!?!?” and left me briefly angry with the writers.

Not bored though.

Now I’m just curious as to how far off the rails it can go with three seasons to plan for. Maybe I should be careful what I wish for here, but if I made it through season two with both the coffee table and television intact, I’ll probably stick around no matter what.