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American TV series leaving Israel for safer shores

Posted 12:23pm on Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Hollywood TV productions are fleeing Israel in the wake of the continuing violence.

Production of FX’s series Tyrant recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, showrunner Howard Gordon told a TV Critics’ panel Monday.

“Tel Aviv was under missile fire and people were running into bomb shelters. I don’t think anybody felt physically threatened, but it was not conducive to shooting,” he said.

Tyrant stars Adam Rayner as the second son of a dictator in a fictional Mideast country who returns with his family after making a life in America.

FX says the show moved last week and season one’s remaining two episodes will be shot in Turkey.

Tyrant is not the only show that has reconsidered filming in Israel.

Dig, a new series from Homeland creator Gideon Raff and Heroes helmsman Tim Kring that is to debut on the USA Network, is moving its production from Jerusalem to Albuquerque, N.M., according to the Times of Israel. The series stars Anne Heche and Jason Isaac and is set among American agents stationed in Israel.

Last week, Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa told writers, “We spent about two weeks seriously considering the possibility of setting the show in Israel this season. And all I can tell you is I’m very happy that we didn’t.”

Cary Darling contributed to this report.

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