Showtime's "Homeland" has decided to move production to Morocco for the filming of Season 3 scenes that were planned to be shot in Israel next month, Israeli news outlet Ynet first reported Monday (Sept. 16).
The move is due to security-related concerns in the region following the crisis in Syria. The drama's American producers informed the producers in Israel of their decision over the weekend, with one source calling the switch "frustrating."
Producers of the show originally announced two months ago that the Showtime series would shoot scenes for the final episodes of the upcoming third season in Israel, primarily in the Tel Aviv area. Portions of the first and second seasons were also filmed in the country.
The decision to move filming to Morocco is not entirely surprising given that "Homeland" executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff are planning on shooting the FX pilot "Tyrant" there. The series follows an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
"Homeland" is based on the Israeli series "Hatufim" ("Prisoners of War"), which was created by Raff.
The move comes amid fears in Israel over possible retribution from Syria should the U.S. decide to proceed with a military strike against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
"Homeland" is scheduled to return for Season 3 on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8 p.m. CT on Showtime.