“Homeland” stars Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin recently headlined a “Homeland” event for hundreds of Emmy voters at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles with executive producers Lesli Linka Glatter and Howard Gordon (watch our exclusive video with Danes above). During the panel that followed a screening of the seventh season finale, Patinkin repeatedly praised the show for leaving on a “moment that really offers possibility and option to those that have lost the art of listening” (watch that exclusive video here).
Glatter explains, “We’re in a time where our country is as divided as it’s ever been and we have a president [on ‘Homeland’] who actually takes the higher road and does something to try to unite the country, which is resign because she knows she can never bring people back together. To have a politician do something that is selfless was kind of an amazing thing to be dealing with.”
Her 21st “Homeland” directing credit, the seventh season finale “Paean to the People” also represents Glatter’s submission for Best Drama Directing consideration at the Emmys this year. She further justifies her entry (watch that exclusive video here), “It’s the culmination of the season. There [are] so many story lines that come to a head.” A previous Best Drama Directing nominee for “Mad Men” in 2010 and a previous Oscar nominee for directing 1984 Best Short Film nominee “Tales of Meeting and Parting,” Glatter picked up her second Emmy nomination for her “Homeland” debut. Titled “Q&A,” the episode earned the show repeat wins in 2013 for Best Drama Writing and Best Drama Actress for Claire Danes. Glatter replaced Michael Cuesta as the show’s in-house director the next season and has since amassed five further Emmy nominations for “Homeland” — three in Best Drama Directing and two in Best Drama Series for her role as executive producer.
Looking ahead to next season, Danes says, “I’m enjoying playing Carrie as spy again. There were a lot of years where she was on the fringe and so I would like to continue to have her exercise her primary gift.” Patinkin adds, “I love the ‘Mission: Impossible’ aspect of moments that our amazing team creates and that’s just fun to do.”
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