Filming new USA series 'Dig' in Jerusalem 'exhilarating,' says executive producer Tim Kring

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    This image released by USA Network shows, from left, Co-Creator/Executive Producer Tim Kring, with actors Anne Heche, and Jason Isaacs participating in the "Dig" panel of the NBCUniversal Press Tour, July 2014 on Monday, July 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/USA Network, Chris Haston)

    FILE - This Oct. 3, 2011 file photo shows executive producer Tim Kring during the 27th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for Tv, Video,Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France. Kring is the producer of the new series "Dig," a six-episode thriller set in Jerusalem and airing on USA network this fall. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

    BEVERLY HILLS, California — "Dig" will arrive this fall on USA as a six-episode thriller set in Jerusalem, starring Jason Isaacs as an FBI agent and Anne Heche as head of the local FBI office.

    The pilot episode was filmed on location, an experience that executive producer Tim Kring called "absolutely exhilarating." But recent real-world turmoil has raised serious questions about whether "Dig" filming can return to Jerusalem.

    Speaking to reporters Monday at the summer TV critics' meeting, Kring explained: "My last two shows — 'Heroes' and 'Touch' — both relied extraordinarily heavily on creating worlds that weren't really here in Los Angeles, where we shot the shows.

    "For 'Heroes,' we shot scenes in Tokyo and Paris and Africa, and we never left a 35-mile radius of our office," Kring said. "We created everything with green screens and set extensions and CG (computer graphics). And so the ability to actually go someplace and set up a shot and point your camera and see that world was so fantastic. The number of extraordinary locations that have never been on television — it was a huge honor to do that."

    Scripts are currently being written, with production to resume soon. Kring said the show is following the real-life turmoil in the region with fingers crossed, and a "stand-in" location for Jerusalem is a possibility.

    "You CAN shoot other places, if you're clever," said the producer, who has made places look like other places many times before. "But we have every intention of going back."

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