covert affairs

A new show with PIPER PERABO and CHRISTOPHER GORHAM? I’m already hooked. But let’s get serious: It has Peter Gallagher, too! Plus Kari Matchett and Anne Dudek. The show is called Covert Affairs, and it will air on the USA Network.

Sometimes it helps to know where the actors are from, so I’ll write up a little charty chart of a few of their notable roles:

Piper Perabo: Hello, didn’t we all see Perabo in Coyote Ugly at least five times, and try to slide things around on bars like we were in the movie? Or maybe you know her from Beverly Hills Chihuahua? Not gonna lie, never saw this. Never plan to.  

Christopher Gorham: Don’t you mean, that guy who was Ben’s (Scott Speedman) friend on Felicity, who hated science? No, no, you mean the guy who was on the short-lived WB series Popular? The guy who Betty dated on Ugly Betty but then he had a kid with another girl or something? He was all of those men, and more! Also, I think he looks like Ian Somerholder and Zach Braff all mushed together. Which you wouldn’t think would be attractive BUT IS.

Peter Gallagher: You know that you recognize his eyebrows from The O.C. – just admit it. And maybe then I’ll admit that I know him from Center Stage, too. And the Dad in that Mandy Moore movie How to Deal where she cut all her hair off and the producers were all ‘Bad Mandy!’

Kari Matchett: I don’t know her. But she was in Invasion, apparently. …Wait, and she played Nate Ford’s ex-wife on Leverage. And in a few episodes of Wonderfalls. And I like her hair.

Anne Dudek: The actress with the last name that reminds me of a duck! She was on House M.D. as Wilson’s girlfriend who died on a bus. You may remember her as winning the nickname “cutthroat bitch”. More recently you may have seen her on Mad Men or Big Love. But I don’t know if your taste in TV shows is that good, now do I? She was also on Invasion for a couple of episodes, so may already have known Kari.

COVERT AFFAIRS will premiere with a 90-minute episode followed by 11 one-hour episodes. The series will be shot on location in Toronto.

“Covert Affairs is a perfect fit with USA’s other top rated original series,” said Wachtel. “It combines the best of the network’s brand attributes – high concept characters with an aspirational tone set in an exciting location – this time in the intriguing and surprisingly rich world of the CIA.”

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. Gorham plays Auggie Anderson, a CIA military intelligence agent, blinded while on assignment, and Annie’s guide in this world of bureaucracy, excitement and intrigue. Gallagher plays Arthur, the formidable Director of Clandestine Services for the CIA. Dudek plays a married mother of two and is and Annie’s older sister and Matchett plays Joan, head of the CIA’s Domestic Protection Division who happens to be married to Arthur.