Mipcom: Keshet Debuts ‘DIG’ from Creators of ‘Homeland,’ ‘Heroes’

Keshet Intl. will showcase 'Help! I Can’t Cook' at Mipcom

Keshet Intl.’s slate at TV market Mipcom in Cannes next week is headlined by “DIG,” a new show from the creators of “Homeland” and “Heroes,” as well as a Chinese reality talent show format.

Action thriller series “DIG,” which is created and executive produced by Gideon Raff (“Homeland”) and Tim Kring (“Heroes”), is a murder mystery set against the backdrop of modern-day Jerusalem. It centers on a FBI agent, played by Jason Isaacs (“Awake”), who takes a job stationed in Israel under the guidance of his new boss and occasional lover, played by Anne Heche (“Save Me”). When he sets out to solve the murder of a young American, he finds himself embroiled in an international mystery that delves into the Holy Land’s darkest secrets.

The show is being produced by Universal Cable Prods. for USA Network. It was developed by Keshet, in association with Gail Berman (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) of The Jackal Group and Gene Stein (“Deception”).

Keshet Intl. holds rights to “DIG” in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS, Turkey, India, English-speaking South Africa and Israel.

Chinese reality talent show “Not a Star Yet,” which is the product of a collaboration between Keshet Intl. and Zhejiang TV, has a central docu-reality element. It has led the rating charts in China generating ratings of 200 million viewers across each series, with its fifth season on air now. It has consistently beaten competition from 32 other channels, and bested its nearest competitor by 40%, almost doubling Zhejiang’s slot average.

The show sees the children of the country’s best-known stars take to the stage, while their celebrity parents watch from the sidelines, and supported by their chosen special star guest. Alongside the studio performances, the show also features the personal and family stories of the children.

Keshet Intl. will also showcase “Help! I Can’t Cook,” a reality cooking format created by Keshet and Gil Productions. Since its debut in Israel on Keshet on Sept. 13, it has become the second highest-rated original launch in Israel ever, attracting an average audience share of 40%.

In the show celebrities face their fear of the kitchen as students at the Culinary Academy.

Another show on the slate is “Babe Magnet,” a new format from Comedy Central Israel, which gives the dating game show format a twist. Four single guys vie for the heart of a young woman by answering all her questions on sex, love and attraction while pinned to various surfaces by magnetic devices.

Every time the “babe” rejects a guy, she operates a magnetic device to push them away. Eventually she chooses her “Babe Magnet.” It is produced by Nutz Prods.

Keshet Intl. will also bring its game show “BOOM!,” which has become a hit in Hungary and Spain having recently launched to gain 31% average share in primetime and 16% average share in access prime respectively.

Keshet Intl. also takes its interactive talent show “Rising Star,” which has sold to more than 25 territories, the spy drama “MICE,” which is being remade in the U.S. for NBC as “Allegiance,” and the family sitcom “Your Family or Mine,” which is being remade in the U.S. for TBS.

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