‘Homeland’ writer’s Jerusalem-based show picked up by USA


Doesn’t a series about an FBI agent who, while investigating a murder in Jerusalem, stumbles upon a conspiracy intertwined with the ancient city’s history sound sort of awesome?  Well, good news: American TV bigwigs think so too.

“Dig,” penned by Gideon Raff, the Israeli writer behind “Homeland” and its Israeli counterpart “Prisoners of War,” has been picked up by Universal Cable Productions for USA Network, a subsidiary of NBC Universal.

Per the The Times of Israel:

Israeli TV shows have, for several years, been finding success on small screens overseas, but the six-episode deal struck by “Dig” creators marks the first time a US network has committed to an entire series of an Israeli-produced show without buying a pilot first.

Even more impressive, “Dig” won’t be shot somewhere like Malta, a la “World War Z.” The series, co-written by “Heroes” writer Tim Kring, will be filmed on location in Jerusalem.

“When we combine Hollywood’s creative potential with Jerusalem’s historic backdrop, it will result in the ability to connect hundreds of millions of viewers around the world to this unique and beautiful city,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a press release.

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