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USA Picks Up 'Covert Affairs,' Starring Piper Perabo

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Jan 7th 2010 11:02AM
'Covert Affairs' is the latest pickup from the highly-rated USA Network.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the the show, starring Piper Perabo, has received an 11-episode order. In it, Perabo will play Annie Walker, an inexperienced CIA field operative who is hung up on her mysterious ex-boyfriend (Eion Bailey). Her ex, we learn, is of special interest to the CIA.

Joining Perabo and Bailey will be 'Ugly Betty''s Christopher Gorham, Peter Gallagher of 'The OC' fame, Kari Matchett and Ann Dudek.'Covert Affairs' is the latest pickup from the highly-rated USA Network.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the the show, starring Piper Perabo, has received an 11-episode order. In it, Perabo will play Annie Walker, an inexperienced CIA field operative who is hung up on her mysterious ex-boyfriend (Eion Bailey). Her ex, we learn, is of special interest to the CIA.

Joining Perabo and Bailey will be 'Ugly Betty''s Christopher Gorham, Peter Gallagher of 'The OC' fame, Kari Matchett and Ann Dudek.

On board to direct will be Tim Matheson, with Dave Bartis and Doug Liman serving as executive producers.

Perabo won an MTV Movie Award for her portrayal of Violet Sanford in the 2000 cult classic 'Coyote Ugly,' and has since worked with Ashton Kutcher in 'Cheaper by the Dozen,' plus an episode each of 'House' and 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'

USA president of original programming Jeff Wachtel says this is the networks "most ambitious show...The story is bigger, the production values are bigger and the ensemble too is a little bigger than our other shows." The series will shoot in Toronto and is set to launch sometime this summer, after USA execs make a final decision on their other pilot ,'Facing Kate.' If 'Kate' also gets picked up, the network will most likely launch one of its new series in the summer and the other in the fall, as they did with 'Royal Pains' and 'White Collar.' With current plans to show summer series in blocks, 'Covert' will probably be paired with an already established USA series.

Fortunately for 'Covert,' over the past five years, every USA selected pilot has become a well-received series, including 'Psych,' 'Burn Notice' and 'Pains.' So, if anything, this is likely to be an 'Affair' to remember.

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