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TV Blog Buzz: 'Homeland''s shocker scene explained; No 'Say Anything' remake

This photo released by Showtime shows Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in "Homeland," Season 4, filmed in South Africa. Last week's "Homeland" premiere certainly has people talking.In case you haven't seen it yet, there's a shocking scene involving Carrie and her young baby that reveals the extent of her struggles with being a mother.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Showtime, Joe Alblas
October 13, 2014 - 7:26 AM

Last week's "Homeland" premiere certainly has people talking.

In case you haven't seen it yet, there's a shocking scene involving Carrie and her young baby that reveals the extent of her struggles with being a mother.

Spoiler alert: skip ahead a few paragraphs if you don't want to know more.

Showrunner Alex Gansa told Entertainment Weekly the scene was intentionally crafted to let viewers interpret it their own way.

"We spent five days in the editing room making that scene what it was. We tried to leave it in the mind of the audience — did she actually put that baby underwater or not? That's left to the audience to decide," says Gansa.

"It went through a lot of iterations. Where we left it is in the eye of the beholder. Did she just contemplate it? Is it all in her head? Nevertheless, it terrified her, and I think Carrie's response where she yanks the baby out of the bath we realize how terrified she was."

Carrie's erratic behaviour is a reflection of her difficulty getting over Brody's death and the aftermath of a military mistake in the season 4 premiere, Gansa adds.

"She's compartmentalizing her grief, compartmentalizing her culpability. That has left her in a place where she can no longer deal with her own child ... she's in a situation where she's executing orders employing American power and doing it from the minute she gets up to the moment she's gone to sleep and its had somewhat an anesthetizing effect on her," he says.

"So I'm not sure she's a terrible person — she's carrying out orders, she's killing bad guys, but as Quinn was quick to point out, it's not particularly healthy."


For about a day, it looked like the 1980s film classic "Say Anything" was going to be reborn on TV.

NBC had signed a deal to turn the Cameron Crowe-directed movie into a show, but the plans were quickly killed after opposition was voiced by Crowe and star John Cusack.

Crowe tweeted: "Regarding the announcement of a 'Say Anything' TV show ... John Cusack, (co-star) Ione Skye and I have no involvement ... except in trying to stop it."

According to Deadline, Crowe might've agreed to the remake had he been consulted and given some input into it.


Don't count on a "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" reunion either.

Alfonso Ribeiro, a.k.a. sweater-loving Carlton, has been back in the spotlight lately since signing up for "Dancing With the Stars."

He tells E! News that without James Avery — who died in 2013 after open heart surgery — the cast doesn't feel right about doing the show again.

"Since the passing of my favourite dad in the world ... the chances of a 'Fresh Prince' coming back together will not happen. I don't think we feel as a cast that we would do even our fans justice," says Ribeiro.

"We all felt like he was the centrepiece or the nucleus of that show. Without him, it just doesn't work."

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