USA’s newest event series “Dig” promises action, mystery and exotic locales. The series follows Peter Connelly (Jason Issacs), an FBI agent who has just moved to Jerusalem. On the show, Peter sleeps with a woman who is murdered the next day. Instead of telling his bosses that he knew the victim, he stays quiet so he can be involved in the investigation. While he investigates, he’ll find “an ancient international conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history,” according to USA. If that doesn’t pique your interest, here are a several other things to know about “Dig” before the series premiere Thursday:
1. Exotic Locations – The show takes place in Jerusalem and it was actually filmed there, as well as in Croatia. “Dig” actually had to move to Croatia because Jerusalem became hard to film in. “We’re very lucky that the Romans conquered half of the known world, so they built similar looking cities everywhere,” Issaces joked on “Today”. “And in fact Jerusalem, although it’s an extraordinary place with a history of conquests and blood like no other place on earth, it’s not that easy to film in because they’re not used to film crews. And in Croatia we could control the environment and bring much better pictures to the screen.”
2. Thriller – With only 10 episodes, viewers can expect a fast, action-packed series. Issacs even did many of his own stunts. “I trained with the rangers for Black Hawk Down and I lived on Motrin. … I’m jumping, running and kicking,” Issacs explained to IGN. “But it’s not an action series. It’s a thriller series.”
3. Death – “Dig” might be the new “Game of Thrones” in terms of character deaths. “There’s action in it and God knows there’s death in it,” Issacs added.
4. Complicated Romance – Peter’s love life is a wreck. His one night stand gets murdered and if that wasn’t enough, he transferred to Jerusalem after his split from his wife, which followed their daughter’s death. Now, his main friend with benefits is his boss Lynn (Anne Heche).
"They're having a casual, sexual relationship, out of convenience, maybe, more than out of passion or love," Heche told USA Today. "But the trust they have for each other is a big element of the story, where Peter goes down his own kind of rabbit hole, exploring the murder of this American girl, and Lynn really tries to keep him grounded in what the facts of the case are and off the path of emotional unclarity."
5. A Fine Frenzy – Viewers may not recognize Alison Sudol’s face or pink hair, but they might recognize her voice. She performs music under the name A Fine Frenzy and is known for songs like “Almost Lover” and “You Picked Me.” On “Dig,” she plays American archaeologist Emma Wilson, and she’ll have to spend a lot of time with Peter.
6. Solid Ending – Because “Dig” is an event series (or mini series), there won’t be any cliffhangers in episode 10. However, that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t come back for Season 2. Co-creator Gideon Raff (who also executive produced “Homeland”) said the writers already have ideas for a potential second season.
“The good thing about this character is, if we're lucky enough to have more seasons, he could wake up in a different consulate, in a different part of the world, and investigate a completely different crime," Raff told USA Today. "So we've been toying around with some stuff, but we don't want to jinx it."
7. “Furious 7” – If mystery series aren’t your thing, there might be another reason to tune in. An exclusive clip from “Furious 7” will debut during the series premiere of “Dig" Thursday. Vin Diesel will reportedly introduce the sneak peek of Paul Walker’s last film.
“Dig” premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on USA. Will you tune in? Sound off in the comments section below!