Showtime has closed a deal with Fox 21 TV Studios to lock its flagship drama series Homeland for 3 more seasons, starting with the already picked up upcoming sixth season, now in production for a January 2017premiere. Showtime Networks president and CEO David Nevins made the announcement at TCA on Thursday. The additional pickup, which Nevins first teased as being in negotiations in June, will be for Seasons 7 and 8 of the terrorism drama. Star Claire Danes and showrunner Alex Gansa are both set for Seasons 6, 7 and 8 of the series, executive produced by Howard Gordon.

Homeland was deserving of a multi-year pickup, and that’s what Howard has achieved with his enthusiasm,” Showtime’s programming president Gary Levine said.

As he did back in June, Nevins indicated that the thriller drama could conceivably go beyond 8 seasons.

Showtime LogoHomeland will return to the U.S. after spending the last two seasons shooting in South Africa and Berlin. The network revealed more details about the plot of the upcoming installment, which is set to begin production in New York starting in August. Like it did with its Europe-set fifth season, Homeland is poised to mirror reality, as Season 6 is set following the U.S. presidential election.