The eight-time Emmy-winning Showtime thriller “Homeland” will end its run after eight seasons, with its final season set to begin airing in June.
Production on the final 12 episodes will begin in early 2019 in a still to be determined location, the premium cable channel announced.
Showtime Networks Inc. President and CEO David Nevins called “Homeland” “a richly written character study that is now ready for its natural conclusion,” and “a game-changing series for Showtime, as provocative about the world we live in as it is prescient.”
“Homeland” won six Emmys in 2012 for its first season, including outstanding drama series, outstanding lead actress for star Claire Danes and outstanding lead actor in a drama series for Damian Lewis. Danes repeated her victory the following season.
Showtime also announced Monday:
— The ninth season of the comedy “Shameless” will expand to 14 episodes and will air in two parts. The first seven episodes will begin airing on Sept. 9, with a midseason finale on Oct. 21. The season’s second half will begin Jan. 20.
— The eight-hour limited series “Escape at Dannemora” will premiere Nov. 18. It is based on the 2015 escapes of two convicted killers who were aided by a married female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men.
Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano will portray the killers and Patricia Arquette the prison employee who aided their escape.
“Escape at Dannemora” will be directed and executive produced by Emmy-winner Ben Stiller.
— The sixth season of the drama “Ray Donovan” will be set in New York City and begin airing Oct. 28.
— A four-part documentary series with the working title, “Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI,” will premiere Nov. 18. Its executive producers include Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentary-maker Alex Gibney. It is based on the book of the same title by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner.
— A three-part documentary series on the changing role of athletes, focusing on NBA players, “Shut Up and Dribble,” will premiere in October. Its executive producers include LeBron James.
The announcements were made at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, which is being held in Beverly Hills.