With 2 more episodes left to shoot from Tyrant‘s 10-episode first-season order, production on the FX drama was moved from Israel to Turkey yesterday amid escalating violence in the Gaza strip. The move is temporary, and I hear the hope is to return to Jerusalem where Tyrant has built expensive sets but the situation is evaluated day by day, with the safety of the cast and crew a top priority. Another drama filming in Israel, USA’s limited series DIG, just extended its planned hiatus by week while the network and producers explore alternatives and discuss them with the project’s insurance company should the situation remain too dangerous to film. DIG only has shot the first of its six-episode order.
By today, the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza had killed 186 — all of them Palestinians — with at least 1,390 wounded, according to Palestinian health authorities. The death toll has now surpassed the number killed in Gaza during the 2012 war. There is a cease-fire proposal on the table which the Israeli government is willing to consider while Hamas has dismissed it as a “joke.” Fox 21 moved the Tyrant production to Israel after filming the pilot in Morocco. Last September, the studio’s Showtime series Homeland moved third-season scenes that were planned to be shot in Israel to Morocco over concerns about the situation in Syria. With production on all three series impacted due to the constant flareups of violence in the region, it would be harder for US TV series to set up shop in the Middle Eastern country where I also hear there is lack of experienced local crews.