Showtime has followed through on its intentions to keep “Homeland” going for two more years.

The channel announced a two-season pickup for its flagship series Thursday at the summer TV press tour. Showtime said in January it was close to making the renewal deal, but there had been no word since then.

Also Thursday, Showtime set premiere dates for Season 6 of “Homeland” and Season 2 of “Billions,” both of which will hit the channel in the first two months of 2017.

Season 6 of “Homeland” arrives at 9 p.m. ET/PT Jan. 15. The new season will find Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) back in the United States a few months after the events of Season 5. She’s gone to work for a foundation that helps Muslims living in the United States. The season will be in the weeks between a presidential election and the winner’s inauguration and also delve into the transfer of power and the uncertainty it brings.

“Billions” joins the Sunday lineup at 10 p.m. Feb. 19. The show’s second season will continue to chronicle the power struggle between hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), along with an “existential threat” from the changing world around them.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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