Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Homeland halts plans to film in Israel amid security concerns

Unfortunately, fans of Homeland won't be able to catch glimpses of the the Holy Land in upcoming new episodes.

Showtime announced that it's cancelled plans to film part of the third season of the spy thriller in Israel due to security concerns relating to the crisis in Syria.

According to Ynet, the scenes will instead be shot in Morocco, causing the series' (unnamed) Israeli production company to lose hundreds of thousands of shekels.

Episodes from both of Homeland's previous seasons have been filmed in Israel. The pilot, for example, featured scenes shot in Israel, which was standing in for Iraq.

The show's star, Claire Danes, once told talk-show host Conan O'brien that shooting in Israel was a wonderful experience, and she called Tel Aviv the most intense party town she's ever been to.

Season 3 of Homeland premieres Sept. 29 on Showtime in the United States and Super Channel in Canada.

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