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Event series are the new backdoor pilots as producers use a compressed schedule and attractive shooting locales to draw in top talent. With the success of “Under the Dome” last summer, CBS was able to turn an “event” into a full series. FX has had critical and commercial success with the “American Horror Story” anthology series, and HBO received acclaim for “True Detective,” its eight-episode drama that found Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey originating roles that could be filled by other performers.  “We’re finding that these shorter, limited series do have the ability to attract people who may not want to sign their life away,” said Tim Kring, the creator of “Heroes” and “Touch,” among other series. Kring recently partnered with “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff to create “Dig,” a six-episode event series for USA Network that stars Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche. It shoots from June through the beginning of September in Jerusalem, »

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