'Allegiance' makes spying a family affair

February 4, 2015 8:21 PM

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It's easy to compare the new NBC spy drama "Allegiance" to the FX series "The Americans." Both deal with Russian sleeper cells in the United States, just in different time frames.

Despite the parallels, "Allegiance" actually is based on the Israeli TV show "The Gordon Cell." The CEO of Keshet, the company that owns the underlying property, brought the original series to the attention of writer/director/producer George Nolfi.

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