'Dig' moves production out of Israel due to unrest in the region

gideon-raff-jason-isaacs-dig-USA.jpgUSA's new limited event series, "Dig," which stars Jason Isaacs (above, left) and Anne Heche as FBI agents investigating the murder of a young archaeologist in Jerusalem, has pulled its production from Israel due to the current instability of the region.

"Given the current situation and after careful consideration, we are relocating the production of 'Dig' partly to Albuquerque and are continuing to explore other locations. Our experience filming in Israel was very positive and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to capture such an authentic landscape that will be threaded throughout the series," says USA in a statement.

At the 2014 TCA summer press tour panel for "Dig" on Monday, July 14, executive producer Gideon Raff (above, right) had expressed his hope the series could stay in Israel, after shooting the pilot on location in Jerusalem.

"We are on a pre-planned hiatus between the pilot and prepping the series," said Raff at the time. "So this caught us off guard, and we are assessing, and the studio and the network are looking at all options. And, hopefully, everything will calm down and we'll go back to what we planned. And if not, we'll sort it out. But Jerusalem is a key element in our show. We wanted and chose to shoot the show in Jerusalem because of all the history it has and the secrets underground. And kind of putting in a "Da Vinci Code" psychological, archaeological thriller in that city gives us a lot of possibilities."

Raff later added, "I, of course, was born and raised in Jerusalem. But we all spent a lot of time there recently, and our hearts go out to everybody in Israel and in Gaza over what's happening right now. And, hopefully, it will be resolved very soon."

This comes on the heels of "Tyrant," which is also set in the middle east and also counts Raff as an EP, moving its production out of Israel as well. FX's new drama has moved production to Turkey.

"Dig" is slated to premiere fall 2014 on USA.
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