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'Big Brother Israel' -- The Show Continues ... With Bomb Shelters

30 July 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

"Big Brother Israel" house guests have Much more to worry about than eviction -- producers have them running into a bomb shelter when the violence between Israel and Palestine gets particularly dangerous. The show has not stopped production since fighting escalated earlier this month, and has actually installed alarms in the house that alert house guests to seek shelter. They sounded twice during the first week of use.In one instance, contestants were seen scrambling »

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Us Television Productions in Israel Working Under Threat of Rocket Attacks

10 July 2014 1:39 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Israeli Defense Forces launched Operation Protective Edge on Tuesday, and while the escalating military actions have not yet impacted American television productions in the region, they are allegedly under threat of rocket attacks. Israel's highest-rated show, “Big Brother Israel,” which films near Jerusalem, evacuated its contestants into a safe room during Tuesday's broadcast. Also read: ‘Omar’ Review: Palestinians Chafe Under Israeli Occupation in Oscar-Nominated Drama The FX series “Tyrant,” by “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff, is in production outside of Tel Aviv. While it has  been the target of rocket attacks by the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, those rockets have all been successfully intercepted. »

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