Israeli formats continue to be hot in Hollywood. After ABC picked up the rights to ‘Gavoha & Greenbaum,’ now NBC has picked up the rights to the Israeli drama ‘Timrot Ashan’ (‘Pillars of Smoke’), created by Noah Stollman and Oded Davidoff.
The mystery drama, whose second season is about to start in Israel, is set in the rural Golan Heights area of Israel and follows the police investigation into the disappearance of a remote cult form the area.The police uncover the darkest secrets of the region and its inhabitants, as well as a grander political conspiracy and environmental disaster from which the cult members are attempting to escape. NBC executives describe the show as a mixture of ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Northern Exposure’ and ‘Lost.’
Peter Traugott (‘Samantha Who’) will executive produce the NBC version with his development executive Rachel Kaplan. Alongside Traugott, Israeli producer Alon Aranya, who imported the series stateside, is also listed as a producer for this project, in addition to him co-producing another Israeli drama-The Naked Truth- with former Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips.