In Breaking TV news, Showtime, the cable channel that screens Homeland, has announced that it will beginning production on the fourth season in South Africa.
Our Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama series Homeland will begin production in Cape Town, South Africa. Season four will find Carrie Mathison (Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes) assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror. The series will begin production in mid-June and shoot through November of this year. Homelands fourth season will premiere this fall on SHOWTIME.“We’ve been so lucky to work with one of the best crews in the business for the last three seasons in Charlotte,” said Homeland showrunner and executive producer Alex Gansa. “We knew going into season four that we would need to move the production overseas to tell the story of Carrie returning to the Middle East as chief of station. We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four production off the ground.”
This is great news for Cape Town and South Africa as a whole, which is frequently seeing itself as the prime location for some of the best TV shows. We now look forward to seeing if any local actors will be cast on the show, even if it's for cameo roles.
Season 4 is basically a reboot, after Brody was killed last season. Carrie has been assigned to the Middle East. We don't know how the baby she was carrying last season, will have an effect on the show, but we expect it will, just to keep the Brody link on the show.
But this is major for Cape Town and the Cape Town Film Studio has become world renowned for being a wonderful place to shoot. And I'm sure with the weak rand, this is an easier decision for many production companies to come shoot in South Africa.