USA Picks Up CIA Series ‘Covert Affairs’

Staying in the realm of FBI/CIA drama’s such as Burn Notice (picked up for another season, BTW!) and their newest hit series, White Collar, USA is hoping for a trifecta by green-lighting the CIA-centric series, Covert Affairs. The show will star Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly), Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty), Peter Gallagher (The O.C.), Kari Matchett (24) and Anne Dudek (House M.D.)

Here’s the description from the network,

In Covert Affairs, we meet Annie Walker (Perabo), a young CIA trainee who is thrust into the inner sanctum of the agency when she is unexpectedly promoted to field operative. While it appears that she has been plucked from obscurity for her exceptional linguistic skills, there may be something or someone from her past that her CIA bosses are really after.

USA has quickly become one of my favorite networks for original programming, as they have one of the best line-ups currently on television. And while there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m going to watch this, I’m getting a little worried about where the network is headed. It seems like they’re becoming really focused on series in which the protagonists have extremely similar characteristics.

I’m not saying it’s bad thing, as they’re programming decisions have been pretty spot-on in the past couple of years, but maybe it’s something they should keep in mind before they green-light any more CIA/FBI type series.

Will this show work? I can’t tell just by description and photo, but banking on USA’s track record, I’m going to say, “Yes.” It also helps that the executive producer is Doug Liman, who also produced all of the “Bourne” movies. Of course, Liman also produced the horrible NBC remake of Knight Rider, but we’ll follow the lead from the rest of the world and pretend that didn’t happen.

No specific date was given for the premiere of Covert Affairs, but like most USA series, it will premiere with a 90-minute pilot, directed by Tim Matheson, followed by 11 one-hour episodes.

In case you’re worried about “Otter” from Animal House having a negative impact on the series premiere, don’t be; he’s been consistently directing for over 15 years and has already directed many episodes of Psych (also renewed for another season, yay again!), Burn Notice and Criminal Minds.

So what say you, fellow USA viewer? Does this have the feeling of another Burn Notice or will USA find out what it really means to be part of the NBC Universal family by having to manage a low-rated series?

Source: NBC Universal

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