UPDATED: Executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa are already deep in discussions on Season 4 of Homeland, and today Showtime entertainment president David Nevins gave a glimpse at what is in store for the show, which is going for a major reset following the game-changing third season finale. “Homeland is a show that is deeply about a field operative (Carrie), and we haven’t seen her much in the field,” he said. “In Season 3 you will likely see her on the ground in a foreign capital (Istanbul?) doing her job.” As for Mandy Patinkin,”I expect that he will be central, he will be important,” Nevins said. He also defended Season 3, calling it “pretty brilliant in its architecture” and “very clever and very audacious in its take on U.S./Iran relations. ”Showtime also unveiled its spring schedule that includes the May 11 debut of John Logan’s horror drama series Penny Dreadful. Climate change documentary series Years Of Living Dangerously will launch on Earth Day, April 13, following the openers of Season 6 of Nurse Jackie and the seventh and final season of Californication.
Nevins also addressed the decision not to go forward with drama pilot The Vatican. “The world changed on us,” he said. “That show was conceived and written when Pope Benedict was still in the Vatican and now would have been seen as very dated.” Nevins used the example to support the pilot model the network uses. “I believe in pilots, you learn a lot from them,” he said. He also stressed the benefits of the lengthy development and casting process on cable that sometime takes years, noting that it took a very long time to convince Philip Seymour Hoffman to do comedy Happyish but he “was totally worth the wait.”
After the session, Nevins said killing off the lead character of Dexter was never discussed and it still “remains to be seen” whether there will be a spinoff, which he said he wants to do with the Dexter character and star Michael C. Hall’s involvement. “I would want to do Dexter in a new concept and configuration,” Nevins said. As for Nurse Jackie, “I feel there is a lot of life left in the show and would like this not to be its last season.”