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Go break out those behemoth copies of James Michener’s The Source, because Middle Eastern archeological thrillers are making a comeback. Heroes creator Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, creator of the Israeli series Prisoners Of War that forms the basis of Homeland, have inked a six-episode order at USA for Dig, an “archeological thriller about an American FBI agent in Jerusalem.” Dig is the first Israeli-made drama to be sold directly to series for American audiences, and it will film entirely on location in Jerusalem, with access already granted to the city’s historical sites. The show will center on »
The new show will be filmed in Jerusalem and is expected to debut on USA sometime in late 2014.
Dig follows the story of an FBI agent who's stationed in Jerusalem. While investigating the murder of a woman archeologist, the agent uncovers a conspiracy that's 2000 years old and that threatens to change the course of history.
What do you think? Does Dig sound like a show that you'll try watching? »
The co-creators of “Homeland” and “Heroes” are bringing an action adventure event series to USA Network. Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) announced Wednesday the six episode commitment for “Dig,” a drama from co-creators and executive producers Gideon Raff (“Homeland”) and Tim Kring (“Heroes”). The series, which was developed by Israeli media company, Keshet, in association with BermanBraun, marks the first project commitment since Jeff Wachtel was tapped for the newly created role of president and chief content officer and studio head for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Dig” tells the story of Peter, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of. »
- Tony Maglio
The show -- er, "event series" -- will film in Jerusalem and is set to premiere in late 2014. It tells the story of a Jerusalem-based FBI agent who investigates a murder and stumbles on a millennia-old conspiracy that "could change the course of history."
"We've been looking for a project that makes a statement," says Jeff Wachtel, the head of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "This team of storytellers has put together a smart, sophisticated and compelling show that will hit the market with a big bang and a lasting impression."
Jeff Wachtel is diving into the increasingly popular event series business.
In his new position as chief content officer, Wachtel's first major move is a six-episode event series commitment for Universal Cable Productions called Dig, an action adventure drama from Heroes' Tim Kring and Homeland's Gideon Raff. The series, which was developed by Keshet (Homeland) in association with BermanBraun, will air on Wachtel's former network, USA, in late 2014.
Story: Tim Kring Developing Conspiracy Drama
Dig explores the world of Peter, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history.
- Lacey Rose
USA has picked up Dig, a six-episode action adventure event series from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, co-creator of Showtime’s Homeland and creator of the Israeli series it was based on. It will be filmed in Jerusalem and premiere on USA in late 2014. Location scouting already is underway in the Israeli capital. Dig, which was developed by Keshet in association with BermanBraun, marks the first project commitment for Jeff Wachtel since he was tapped as President and Chief Content Officer and studio head for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Kring and Raff co-created the series and executive produce with Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir and BermanBraun’s Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. Dig is a production of Keshet Media Group for Ucp in cooperation with the city of Jerusalem. It tells the story of Peter, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archeologist, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The program, called “Dig,” is an archeological thriller about an American FBI agent in Jerusalem. In an impressive new notch for Israeli television, it is the first-ever Israeli-made drama to be sold directly to series for U.S. audiences. It is also the first project commitment from NBC Universal Cable production head Jeff Wachtel since he was tapped for the role in September.
“Dig” was developed by Keshet, the mega Israeli media company behind “Homeland” and its Hebrew-language predecessor “Prisoners of War,” in collaboration with BermanBraun. Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir and Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein of BermanBraun also serve as executive producers
- Debra Kamin
Body of Proof
Despite several weeks of exploration, ABC has decided not to renew "Body Of Proof" for a midseason order. Time has essentially run out with the various stars and producers already looking toward future projects. [Source: Deadline]
Catherine the Great
ABC is developing a limited series based on Robert Massie's best-selling novel "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman". Michael Cristofer ("Gia," "The Witches of Eastwick") will pen the script and executive produce alongside Debra Martin Chase ("The Princess Diaries").
The story chronicles the Russian empress' rise to become the world's richest and most powerful woman of her time. [Source: ]
USA Network has picked up the six-episode action adventure event series "Dig" from "Heroes" creator Tim Kring and "Homeland" co-creator Gideon Raff. The show will be filmed in Jerusalem and will premiere late 2014.
The story follows an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem, Israel who is investigating a murder of a female archeologist. »
- Garth Franklin
Bob Greenblatt, NBC Ent. chairman, is set to deliver the keynote at Keshet Media Group’s second annual Intv conference, the two-day confab taking place Nov. 4-5 in Jerusalem.
Hosted by Keshet’s CEO Avi Nir and Jerusalem major Nir Barkat, Intv conference will discuss the convergence of innovation and technology in the television industry.
“We are delighted to welcome Bob to Israel, and we are thrilled to have him share his valuable insight at this year’s conference,” said Keshet CEO Avi Nir. “Bob, with his extraordinary track record in creating quality groundbreaking content and his keen eye towards emerging trends in the TV industry, embodies the spirit of innovation that we hope to cultivate at Intv. We cannot think of anyone more qualified to keynote the conference, especially during such an exciting period of industry transformation and globalization.”
Keshet’s lineup of speakers includes Alex Kruglov, Hulu’s head of content acquisition, »
- Elsa Keslassy
After contributing to the unrelenting wave of Wizard Of Oz updates by selling Dorothy Must Die to The CW, another project under Heroes creator Tim Kring’s wing has found its way to the network. Kring will be one of three executive producers on Exp, a pilot script by Zach Craley (Kring’s assistant on Heroes) and Jarrett Lee Conaway. The script concerns a “foreign designer drug—engineered to make you faster, smarter, stronger, and better in every way...trafficked illegally into American high schools” that creates a story involving teens, police, and politicians—a premise that is essentially 21 »
Rebel Wilson's new ABC comedy "Super Fun Night" premiered on Wednesday night to a solid 3.2 rating, thanks in part to its "Modern Family" lead-in. That rating is about the same as last year's new comedy in the same timeslot - "The Neighbors".
On the flip side, NBC's new drama "Ironside" opened with a fairly dismal 1.4 rating but a decent 6.8 million audience. Still, that makes it the lowest ever NBC fall drama debut. It's also the second lowest drama debut of any show this fall - only a step in front of ABC's "Lucky 7" (1.3).
Amazon has unveiled three new comedy pilot orders for its Prime streaming service. First is Roman Coppola's "Mozart in the Jungle" stars Jason Schwartzman and deals with the world of classical music and all the vice that goes on behind the scenes.
Second is "The Outlaws" about a a professional football team »
- Garth Franklin
Series creator Lizzy Weiss tweeted the news on Thursday, and the network is now confirming the specifics: He’ll recur in the show’s upcoming third season as Campbell, a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works at the free clinic with Daphne (Katie Leclerc).
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
- Team TVLine
Fresh off his stint on Fox’s Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch, one-time Heroes creator Tim Kring has just sold a new show to the CW, Deadline reports. Exp centers around a foreign designer drug that makes users "faster, smarter, stronger and better in every way" – basically turning people into a Kanye song. It also explores what happens when the drug is "trafficked illegally into American high schools, weaving a morally and socially complex web that entangles politicians, law enforcement and teenagers looking for an edge in an ever-competitive and fast-paced world.” While that sounds more like the plot to a kiddie House of Cards, we trust the man behind Heroes to aptly deal with enhanced teenagers. »
- Delia Paunescu
Exclusive: Heroes creator Tim Kring is shepherding another drama project about teens with powers. The CW has put in development Exp, from Kring’s Tim Kring Imperative and Warner Bros. TV. Written on spec by up-and-coming scribes Zach Craley and Jarrett Conaway, Exp explores what happens when a foreign designer drug – engineered to make you faster, smarter, stronger and better in every way – is trafficked illegally into American high schools, weaving a morally and socially complex web that entangles politicians, law enforcement and teenagers looking for an edge in an ever-competitive and fast-paced world. Kring, Zak Kadison and Bradley Thomas executive produce, with Zach Craley and Jarrett Conaway co-executive producing. This is Kring’s second project at the CW. He also executive produces the Wizard Of Oz-themed drama Dorothy Must Die, penned by writing duo Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster. Kring, Craley and Conaway are with Wme. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The CW is getting “Seed”-y with its latest acquisition. The network has licensed the U.S. broadcast rights for the comedy “Seed,” which premiered on the Canadian network City in February. Also read: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Drama From Tim Kring Eyed by The CW The series, from eOne, stars Adam Korson as Harry, a single, an underachieving bachelor/bartender who is also a sperm donor. Harry reluctantly begins a relationship with three unique and separate recipient families — a laid-back lesbian couple with a 9-year-old son, a neurotically hopeful single mom-to-be, and an uptight, upper-class family with a rebellious teenage daughter — with whom. »
- Tim Kenneally
This has truly been the summer for projects based on The Wizard Of Oz. Yet another project has reached the spotlight as it enters into pilot consideration. The CW has taken interest in the upcoming young adult novel written by Danielle Paige called Dorothy Must Die. It’s a take on the world of Oz that I’ve yet to see and I’m firmly in support of this project. The pilot is taking the same name as the novel and comes from Heroes creator/executive producer Tim Kring, as well as fellow Heroes EPs Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster. Just wait until you here what’s in store for Dorothy Must Die.
While there are many ways you can interpret Wizard Of Oz, few would dare to put Dorothy in the role of the villain. According to Deadline, Dorothy Must Die, written by Armus and Foster with Kring supervising, »
- Brody Gibson
News Louisa Mellor 9 Sep 2013 - 07:42
Based on a forthcoming Young Adult novel, Dorothy Must Die is the latest in a line of Oz-inspired TV shows in development...
You know the old saying, you wait ages for an Oz-inspired TV show to go into development, and then three arrive at once.
Heroes and Touch's Tim Kring is reported to be developing a new show for The CW, based on Danielle Paige's forthcoming Young Adult novel, Dorothy Must Die. The 2014 novel sees a sixteen-year-old Dorothy Gale returning to Oz only to find it changed. "This time," goes the official blurb, "the yellow brick road leads her down a very different path. And before her journey is through, Dorothy will find that the line between wicked and good has become so blurred she's not sure which side of it she's on." Blimey.
Dorothy Must Die comes in addition to Syfy's Warriors of Oz, »
The series will be a revisionist and present day set take on "The Wizard of Oz" set eight decades after Dorothy Gale seemingly returned home.
In reality, the eternally youthful Dorothy has stayed in Oz, ruling over a now fascist fairyland with an iron fist and her henchmen - the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
It's at this time when another young woman from Kansas lands in this war-torn Oz and becomes the leader of a revolutionary underground of witches and enchanted beings determined to reclaim Oz from the power-hungry Dorothy.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Did you miss some of Deadline’s top TV stories of the week? Check them out here: CW In Talks For ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama By ‘Heroes” Creator Tim Kring By Nellie Andreeva - Exclusive: The summer of Wizard Of Oz continues with another sale of a high-profile Oz-themed drama project. Ryan Seacrest Booed By Broncos Fans During NBC’s NFL Pregame Show: Video By Lisa De Moraes - NBC continues its Overexposing Ryan Seacrest campaign — this time the network had The Man Who Can’t Say No open NBC’s regular-season NFL football franchise kickoff last night, in which he got loudly booed by Broncos fans in Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium. Were Consumers The Biggest Losers In The CBS-Time Warner Cable Dispute? By David Lieberman - It sure looks that way. Millions of Time Warner Cable customers lost CBS-owned stations and channels for a month, and will »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Supporting the belief that there are no new ideas in Hollywood, The CW is reportedly developing a drama project with "Heroes" creator Tim Kring based on "The Wizard of Oz," making that the third Dorothy story in the works at a broadcast network.
Deadline reports that the netlet is in negotiations for "Dorothy Must Die," based on the upcoming young adult novel of the same name from Danielle Paige. The story is a revisionist take on the classic story because Hollywood's modus operandi these days is to take something we love and "re-envision" it as something we hate.
Set in present day, 80 years after Dorothy supposedly left the land of Oz and returned to Kansas, it's revealed that the "magically-ever-youthful" Dorothy never left the Emerald City. She's become the ruler of the now fascist fairyland with the help of her henchmen the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. »
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