U.S. Studio Picks Up Israeli Spy Television Drama

'The Gordin Cell' depicts former Soviet spy duo who moved to Israel in the early 1990s.

Channel 2's Keshet franchisee has sold the television series "The Gordin Cell" to the U.S. studio Universal Television. The series is to be aired on NBC.

Universal, whose productions include hit TV shows "30 Rock" and "The Office," will work on the pilot along with Peter Berg's production company, Film 44. The pilot will be produced under the title M.I.C.E. (Money, Ideology, Coercion and Ego).

According to the deal, brokered by WME, which represents Keshet in the United States, NBC skipped the approval of the script and green-lighted to commence the filming of the pilot.

Created by Ron Leshem, The Gordin Cell is a 12-part television drama series revolving around a married couple, former Soviet spies, which immigrated to Israel in the early 1990s. The family is forced to deal with its past when a

Russian intelligence officer tries to recruit their son, who is faced with a dilemma – should he betray his parents, or his native country?

The Gordin Cell was aired on Israeli satellite television "yes," and will be broadcasted in the upcoming months on Israel's channel 2.

Keshet CEO Avi Nir said: "Keshet is pleased to add another pillar to its international activity in the field of Israeli drama."