Spy Drama Adapted From Israeli TV Show to Air Next Season on NBC

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Hope Davis, second from left, in a performance of "God of Carnage" in New York in 2009. She will play a Russian spy in "Allegiance." Credit: Bloomberg

A spy drama adapted from an Israeli television show will make its debut next season on U.S. television network NBC, entertainment news website Deadline reported this week.

"Allegiance" (formerly called "Coercion") was adapted from the Keshet series "The Gordin Cell" by writer George Nolfi, who also directed the pilot, according to the report.

"The Gordin Cell," a 12-episode series created by Ron Leshem, revolves around a married couple, former Soviet spies, who immigrated to Israel in the early 1990s and are forced to confront their past when a Russian intelligence officer tries to recruit their son and get him to betray his native country.

In the U.S. version, the son is Alex O'Connor, a young, idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs who learns that his parents, played by Scott Cohen and Hope Davis, are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. The Kremlin has enlisted them into service again, and they are planning a terrorist operation inside the United States.

The popular Showtime series "Homeland," which, like "Allegiance," focuses on CIA operatives attempting to prevent terrorism (though in that case, the focus is on Islamic terror, not Russian spies), was also based on an Israeli television series: Keshet's "Hatufim" ("Prisoners of War").

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