ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Another Albuquerque-produced TV series hits the airwaves tonight, with Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche leading the ensemble cast on USA Network’s newest drama thriller, “Dig.”
The series follows Isaacs’ character, Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem. While investigating the murder of an American archaeologist, Connelly uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history.
Heche plays Lynn Monahan, the head of the Jerusalem FBI office, who is involved with Isaacs in what he describes as a “relationship of convenience.”
The show was created by Gideon Raff, who also created the hit series “Homeland,” and Tim Kring, who is best-known for the cult TV show “Heroes.”
The tagline for the show, which premieres at 8 tonight, is, “The deeper you dig, the further you get from the truth.”
The series pilot was filmed in Jerusalem before production headed to Albuquerque and Croatia. For nearly six months, cast and crew filmed at locations around Albuquerque. The production was housed at I-25 Studios.
For the past three weeks, Isaacs has been globe-trotting doing press for the TV show. He’s gone from the caves and tunnels in Croatia to TV show sets in Los Angeles gearing up for the tonight’s premiere.
“It’s a strange feeling right now,” he says. “We’ve worked on the production for so many months. It is done very well. Now we just wait for the people to see it. They may watch it immediately or a month from now. What I know is it’s brilliantly constructed.”
This isn’t Isaacs’s first time filming in the Land of Enchantment. He was in Santa Fe when he filmed “Sweetwater” in 2013 and then again for “After the Fall” in 2014.
Then he came back for “Dig.”
“I love Albuquerque,” he says. “I love the landscape.”
And, he quips sarcastically, “The food … I don’t know if I could eat any more of that hideous green chile stew.”
Isaacs says his children came to visit him for a “rare four days off of production.” His family went rafting on the Rio Grande, then to Tent Rocks and finished up at Jemez Springs.
“They asked me, ‘Daddy, why don’t we move to Albuquerque?’ ” he says. “I had just moved my entire family back to England to be close to Jerusalem and lo and behold, the world had other plans. And there we were back in Albuquerque.”
Isaacs says being in Albuquerque was very good for his tennis game, as he would often grab a match at Tennis Club of Albuquerque.
“Anytime I was off, you could find me at Rudy’s, Whole Foods or playing tennis,” he says. “Our showrunner (Raff) is a vegan and I would be very bad at that.”
Isaacs says Kring and Raff are two main reasons he wanted to do the show. He says before he read the script, he was interested in working with the two of them.
“There’s so much talent between the two of them,” he says. “The story is wound so tight, it’s just amazing. There are twists and turns for the entire show and it’s been great to be a part of it.”
But there were some sore spots during production. Literally. It took nearly 10 episodes of filming for Isaacs to learn that the shoes he was wearing were too big.
“This is the reason I’ve torn muscles and my body is completely worn down,” he said. “I’ve gotten no sleep at all and I’m waking up with a bottle of Motrin in the morning for my aching body. This just adds to the many secrets on set.”