Filming in Jerusalem 'exhilarating,' says Kring
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - "Dig" will arrive this fall on USA as a six-episode thriller set in Jerusalem, starring Jason Isaacs as an FBI agent and Anne Heche as head of the local FBI office.
The pilot episode was filmed on location, an experience that executive producer Tim Kring called "absolutely exhilarating." But recent real-world turmoil has raised serious questions about whether "Dig" filming can return to Jerusalem.
Speaking to reporters Monday at the summer TV critics' meeting, Kring explained: "My last two shows, 'Heroes' and 'Touch,' both relied extraordinarily heavily on creating worlds that weren't really here in Los Angeles, where we shot the shows.
"For 'Heroes,' we shot scenes in Tokyo and Paris and Africa, and we never left a 35-mile radius of our office," Kring said. "And so the ability to actually go someplace and set up a shot and point your camera and see that world was so fantastic. The number of extraordinary locations that have never been on television - it was a huge honor to do that."
Scripts are being written, with production to resume soon. Kring said the show is following the real-life turmoil in the region with fingers crossed, and a "stand-in" location for Jerusalem is a possibility.
Lifetime orders pilot for 'Clan of the Cave Bear'
LOS ANGELES - The Lifetime TV channel says it has ordered a drama pilot based on the best-selling works of the author of "The Clan of the Cave Bear."
Lifetime said that the project's executive producers include filmmakers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
The pilot is titled "The Clan of the Cave Bear." That's the title of Jean M. Auel's first novel in her "Earth's Children" series.
Lifetime says the TV project is aimed at a potential 2015 launch.
A 1986 big-screen version of "The Clan of the Cave Bear" starred Daryl Hannah.
Hayes joins cast of CBS sitcom 'The Millers'
LOS ANGELES - CBS says popular sitcom star Sean Hayes is joining the cast of its comedy "The Millers" as a series regular.
Hayes will play the new best friend of the character played by Margo Martindale and a new source of friction for her son, played by Will Arnett, CBS said Tuesday.
Hayes is best-known from eight seasons on the sitcom "Will & Grace." Last season he starred in the comedy series "Sean Saves the World."
"The Millers," which premiered last fall, begins its second season Oct. 30.