JERUSALEM (JTA) — Filming on a new American television drama series, “Dig,” began in Jerusalem.
The cast and crew of the NBC Universal series arrived in Jerusalem at the beginning of the week.
Featuring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, the show is scheduled to be aired at the end of the year.
The series is being produced by Gideon Raff, screenwriter of the Israeli series “Hatufim,” which is aired in the United States as “Homeland,” and is co-written by “Heroes” writer Tim Kring, a co-creator of “Homeland.”
“Dig” deals with an American FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a conspiracy while investigating the murder of an American archaeologist.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat raised hackles late last year when he announced that filming for the series would center on the City of David national park in Silwan, an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood that has been a flashpoint in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Some 400 Jews live there among 31,000 Palestinians.
The network later denied that it planned to film in eastern Jerusalem.