Virginia is ready for its close-up — the Showtime spy drama “Homeland” will be filming its seventh season in central Virginia this fall.
The spooks-and-terrorists series, which is beloved by real-life homeland-security types (former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among its fans), will begin shooting this fall for a 2018 release, according to the network.
The series most recently was filmed in New York. It headed to South Africa and Berlin in its previous two seasons, per the storyline, which took brilliant-yet-haunted erstwhile CIA agent Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, abroad. The return to a domestic location, particularly in Virginia, is in line with the potential plot for the upcoming season — when we last saw Carrie at the end of the sixth season, she was contemplating a return to the Washington area.
“We are delighted to welcome this outstanding drama to the Commonwealth,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has long courted Hollywood productions and their big-spending ways, said in a statement. “The film production industry is a significant economic driver for our Commonwealth.”
And he’s ready to declare his state a happily drama-prone zone, citing other shows that have set up cameras in Virginia, including AMC’s historical spy drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies” and PBS’s Civil War series “Mercy Street.”
“It is clear that Virginia is a premier television production location,” McAuliffe said.