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CBS to Produce Israeli Thriller Featuring ‘Fauda’ Actors



Media giant CBS has announced that it will partner with Israel’s Public Broadcasting Corporation to create a thriller that will star actors from the award-winning series ‘Fauda’.

Like ‘Fauda’, the ten-part series District Y will focus on the Israeli Arab conflict. Set to premiere next year, the show revolves around the murder of a 17-year-old Israeli girl murdered in the mixed Jewish and Arab city of Jaffa and an elite police unit probing the case.

The decision by CBS marks the first time a foreign media giant has decided to buy an Israeli series before it premieres.

Israeli television dramas have been becoming increasingly popular to western audiences. Earlier this month, Netflix announced that it will stream the new hit Israeli television series “When Heroes Fly”.

The first season of the Keshet network’s series, a total of 10 episodes, will be available to Netflix subscribers around the world early next year in its original Hebrew with subtitles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The series tells the story of four friends who served together in the IDF’s Golani Brigade – Tomer Kapon, Nadav Nates, Michael Aloni, and Moshe Ashkenazi – who broke off contact following a traumatic event during the Second Lebanon War.

The friends begin searching in Colombia for Yaeli (Ninet Tayeb), who was declared dead twelve years ago. Yaeli was Aviv’s (Tomer Kapon) girlfriend and Dovi (Naav Nates’) sister. The journey to save her opens old wounds, and each of the friends is forced to deal with his own personal devils. Their journey questions the meaning of friendship, sacrifice, and love.

The second season of Fauda aired on Netflix this past May. The political thriller, in a mix of Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles, is about an undercover Israeli Defense Force unit fighting terrorists. The acclaim and unmatched popularity of the high-energy show is not only for the heart wrenching action packed plots, but also its unbiased way of portraying both sides.

The thriller features equal time on the lives, struggles, motives, and imperfections of the Israeli and Arab characters. It has thus gained strong popularity with even Arab viewers. Somehow people from each perspective can find authenticity in the way that the precarious Arab-Israeli conflict is portrayed in the show. It has been said that the second season will be even better than the first. As per an article in the Times of Israel, there is even more suspense, and the show better acquaints us with the secondary characters. Some say it was better written and produced, as the creators now have more experience. (INN)


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