Hit U.S. show 'Homeland' to film new season in Israel
New York Times reports the Showtime series, due to return September 30, will film parts of its 2nd season in Israel; Claire Danes: Tel Aviv is the most intense party town I've ever been to.
Following a groundswell of success, among audiences and critics alike, the makers of the hit U.S. show "Homeland" will be filming parts of its upcoming season in Israel, home to the series' original incarnation.
The series stars Claire Danes as a CIA operations officer who follows a U.S. Marine (played by Damien Lewis) whom she suspects has turned into a spy after being held by al-Qaida as a prisoner of war.
On Monday, the New York Times indicated that the series, adapted from the Israeli version "Hatufim" (Kidnapped) by premium cable programmer Showtime, will be filming parts of its second season in Israel.
The season debut is scheduled for September 30.
At least for Danes, the planned trip won't be the first time the Hollywood star set foot in Israel, sharing some of her experiences in Tel Aviv during an interview with Conan O'Brien late last year.
Referring to her experience filming parts of the series' first season in Israel, Danes said: "It was wonderful, I loved it."
"And the big reveal, the big surprise is that Tel Aviv is like a party town, kind of the most intense party town I've ever been to," Danes said, adding: "I realize, because it is very stressful there, you know, it's rather fraught and people are kind tense and they need to blow off some steam and they do."
O'Brien, seemingly surprised over the actress' comment, responded by saying: "That's funny. I don't often hear that about Israel, a party town," to which Danes responded: "Yeah, the bars are hopping."