DIG will finally see the light of day. The action/adventure miniseries set and partially filmed in Jerusalem was originally set to premiere in November, but violence in the region forced the production to relocate. The premiere was pushed to March, but the upside is that USA Network expanded the series order from six episodes to 10. DIG premieres on Thursday, March 5, at 10pm ET/PT on USA Network.
From creators Gideon Raff (Homeland) and Tim Kring (Heroes), DIG has the epic, biblical and historical scope of films like The Da Vinci Code. “It is primarily a murder mystery,” Kring says. “As [it] starts to unfold, it uncovers this sort of deep, couple‑thousand‑year‑old mystery.”
Jason Isaacs plays Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem, and Anne Heche plays his boss and occasional lover. “There are all kinds of surprises,” Isaacs says. “Nobody is what they seem, and nothing is what it seems, and even Peter is not what he seems,” Isaacs says.
The pilot was filmed in the Holy Land among ancient buildings and sites, and it took a toll on Isaacs’ body during the action sequences. “When you shoot in Los Angeles, they build fake doors and soft rubber stone,” Isaacs says. “This stone [in Jerusalem] has stood the test of time. It’s been there for thousands of years. So here I am climbing over stone walls and bashing through these very heavy old doors.”
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