USA’s ‘Dig’ Weighing Whether to Continue Production in Jerusalem

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Production is on previously scheduled hiatus

USA’s Jerusalem-set miniseries “Dig” is weighing whether it can continue filming in Israel given the violence there.

More than 170 people have been killed in Gaza and 1,300 wounded since Israel launched operation “Protective Edge” against Hamas, Israeli officials say. The United Nations says most of those killed were civilians.

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Co-creator and executive producer Gideon Raff said the show, which will air in September, is on a pre-planned hiatus between its pilot, which has already been shot, and its remaining five episodes.

“This caught us off guard and we are assessing … 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,” he said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Monday.

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Raff, who was born in Jerusalem, said his thoughts are with the people of Israel and Gaza.

“We all spend a lot of time there and our hearts go out to everyone in Israel and Gaza over what’s going on there now,” he said.

“Dig” is a murder mystery set amid a backdrop of potentially biblical developments, including the birth of a red heifer that may herald the second coming of Christ.

Here’s a trailer: