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Maya Rudolph Eyes Return to TV, ABC Announces Summer 2011 Schedule and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 25th 2011 5:30PM
Maya Rudolph'Saturday Night Live' veteran Maya Rudolph has booked a role in NBC's untitled working mom sitcom opposite Christina Applegate.

According to Deadline, Rudolph was approached with multiple pilot offers. In the Lorne Michaels-produced series, Rudolph will play the best friend and coworker of Applegate's working mom lead character.

Yesterday it was reported that Will Arnett is also attached to the sitcom.

In other TV news ...

'Jersey Shore' closed its season 3 with big ratings. The season finale didn't shatter any records, but it was seen by 7.6 million viewers. [TV By the Numbers]

'Heroes' star Adrian Pasdar has joined the cast of an NBC pilot. Pasdar will star opposite Sarah Paulson in an untitled workplace sitcom about a woman who guides employees through downsizings. [TV Guide]

FX and Oliver Stone are developing a conspiracy drama. The series follows a secret group, the Darkhorses, which manufactures fake news stories to service clients. [Deadline]

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Christina Applegate Lands NBC Role, USA Announces 'White Collar,' 'Covert Affairs' Premiere Dates and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 18th 2011 3:00PM
Christina ApplegateChristina Applegate is eying a return to TV in Lorne Michaels' new NBC pilot.

The 'Samantha Who?' star fielded many pilot offers, including ABC's 'Good Christian Bitches,' before taking the role of a working mom in NBC's untitled comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Applegate will star as a working mom who has a stay-at-home husband and pretty opinionated parents. The project comes from 'Parks and Recreation' writer Emily Spivey.

In other TV news ...

USA Network will roll out new seasons of hit shows 'White Collar' and 'Covert Affairs' June 7. Although 'White Collar' just finished airing its second season last week, production begins on season 3 in the next few days. [Variety]

'90210' showrunner Rebecca Sinclair is stepping down from her post. Sinclair's contract was up, and she decided not to renew. The show finished filming its third season last week. Sinclair took over showrunner duties after the end of the critically panned first season, and has largely been credited for instilling a renewed energy into the rebooted series. No word on her replacement yet. [TV Line]

Two 'Real World: Back to New Orleans' cast members are wanted by police after failing to show up for their Wednesday court date in Florida. Jemmye Carroll and Ryan Knight were arrested for disorderly conduct on Saturday. According to the police report, Carroll blamed a black eye on a security guard but a witness saw her repeatedly punching herself in the face. [RadarOnline]

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Two Reasons Why the Golden Globes Are Silly

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 14th 2010 11:30AM
Piper Perabo in 'Covert Affairs'Let's face it: For a television fan, the Golden Globes are a fun diversion, something to help you through your winter doldrums. But in the parlance of television awards, the Globes are a distant second to the Emmys in importance, for a couple of reasons. One is timing; while it's the high season for motion pictures and their awards, the Globes come a couple of months after TV's Emmy and premiere-laden peak period.

But the second reason is that the nomination list is often very silly.

As much as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has tried to buckle down over the last few years and give nominations to people that actually deserved them, there is one or two head-scratchers on the nomination list every year, and this year is no different. A couple of reasons why the Globe nominations always seem to look silly:

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Happy Techie Day! Our 10 Favorite Techies

by Sharon Knolle, posted Oct 3rd 2010 11:00AM
Chuck - Buy MoreHappy Techie Day!

In celebration of the day (sadly, it's not a national holiday), we drew up a list of some of our favorite hackers, forensics specialists, mad scientists, and gadget-wielding experts. They have all, in their own heroically geeky way, saved the day from serial killers, demons, vampires, global conspiracies, rogue spies or just boring old computer meltdowns.

Read on for our list of the smartest, savviest (and occasionally ass-kicking) techies to ever grace the airwaves. Don't see your favorite techie listed? Tell us your own!

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Piper Perabo Injured on 'Covert Affairs' Set

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 20th 2010 11:20AM
Piper Perabo 'Covert Affairs' star Piper Perabo was reportedly injured on the show's Toronto set.

According to TMZ, Perabo injured her knee, but is receiving treatment and expected to make a full recovery. Perabo told TV Squad she does the majority of her own stunts, but not in the proper footwear.

"I did a scene where I rappel down an elevator shaft with this really hot guy, in Louboutins, and I was like, 'This is my favorite job ever!'" Perabo said during our set visit. "It's so hard to do in a pair of Louboutins, but so worth it."

Hopefully she's being comforted by the fact that the series has been renewed for a second season and reached a new ratings high of 5.4 million viewers.

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USA Network Renews 'Covert Affairs' For a Second Season

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 19th 2010 6:30PM
Covert AffairsUSA Network's new CIA-based drama 'Covert Affairs' has been making a killing in the ratings, so much so that it's been renewed for a second season.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the show has continued to bring in more viewers since its July 13 premiere that was seen by 4.9 million viewers; it drew in a series-high 5.4 million viewers on Aug. 17.

'Cover Affairs,' which stars Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham, is currently the highest-rated scripted show premiere in the coveted 18-49 demographic.

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'Covert Affairs' - 'South Bound Suarez' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 28th 2010 2:15AM
piper parabo covert affairs(S01E03) Because USA does so many things right with its original series, I've been confident that 'Covert Affairs' is going to grow into itself. Sure, the pilot was full of ridiculously skimpy outfits that are in no way appropriate for any office, much less the CIA, and the second episode was full of Canadian flags and Scotiabank signs in "D.C.," but I knew they'd eventually find their footing.

This week's episode, the series' third, proved me right. Even though there was some pretty obvious green screen during the drives in Venezuela, I was able to buy into the story way more than I had the previous couple of weeks.

Instead of exposition, we were able to focus more on Annie's mission and her team, including Auggie (Christopher Gorham), who really needs to play a bigger role in this series.This episode was also helped along by its guest stars, Lana Parrilla of the much-missed 'Swingtown,' and Michael Steger, who plays Navid on the '90210' reboot.

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Lie Detector Test Reveals Annie's Broken Heart on 'Covert Affairs' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 14th 2010 8:25AM
Lie Detector Test Reveals Annie's Broken Heart on 'Covert Affairs'On the series premiere of 'Covert Affairs' (Tue., 10PM ET on USA), Annie Walker must take a lie detector test to become a CIA agent. The polygraph process begins innocently enough, with the standard name and residence questions.

But it soon shifts from mundane to personal, as the agent asks her about a romance in Sri Lanka. "The sex was good?" he inquires. Though instructed to give "yes" or "no" answers, she replies, "It rocked."

When he asks her whether its demise affected her, Annie reveals, "After a three-week whirlwind romance, my supposed dream guy left me in the middle of the night with a cryptic note and a $50 bar tab."

Hmm, again, not a yes or no response. But the underlying query is: "Will you be able to separate your work from your personal life?" Good question. How does she respond?

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Early Look: 'Covert Affairs' Needs to Find Its Voice

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 13th 2010 5:03PM
Chris Gorham and Piper Perabo in 'Covert Affairs' on USA NetworkUSA Network's slogan is "Characters Welcome." In order to follow that credo, every original series they put on the air has to have a central character or characters who are quirky, troubled, or have a checkered back story. Most of the time, the character has all three. The formula has been mostly a success, as a fair amount of the shows they put on the air attract sizable cable audiences and usually go on multiple-year runs.

'Covert Affairs,' which debuts tonight, July 13 at 10PM ET, could be one of them. The show's lead, Piper Perabo, is appealing and brings more to her femme fatale role than most. But the pilot was crammed so much quirkiness into Perabo's character of newbie CIA agent Annie Walker that viewers don't have a good feel for what the show is going to be about by the time the 75-minute pilot is over.

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The Show Girl Talks 'Covert Affairs,' Shark Week & Tony Robbins (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 9th 2010 10:00AM
'Covert Affairs' stars Chris Gorham & Piper PeraboAre you still looking for a sexy new summer TV show? Let me officially recommend 'Covert Affairs.' It's fun and 'Alias'-ish with a pretty impressive cast. Not enough? Let stars Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham sell you on it then.

If your tastes lean more toward the feel-good uplifting kind of shows, self-help guru Tony Robbins will motivate you to watch his new specials 'Breakthrough with Tony Robbins' because, in his words, it isn't "namby-pamby B.S." (In my words, the man takes everyone to Fiji to relax and refocus. Where do I volunteer?) I also have a TV event that, at this point, needs very little promotion: Shark Week! What can I say, I'm a fan.

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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'Covert Affairs' Set Visit: Action, Secret Romances, CIA Sexiness

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Jul 8th 2010 2:01PM
The USA Network certainly isn't scrimping on the production budget for 'Covert Affairs', a spy show set to debut on July 13. We had a behind-the-scenes tour of the show's elaborate multiple sets in Toronto, including the White House replica used for 'Murder at 1600', and a custom-built CIA headquarters set.

The show stars Piper Perabo ('Coyote Ugly') as Annie, a rookie undercover CIA agent who's immediately thrown into the field for some complex assignments. Her co-worker Auggie, played by Chris Gorham of 'Ugly Betty', shows her the ropes. By the way – he's blind, but that's not really an issue because he's totally smooth and has tons of cool gadgets to help him navigate his way around. The cast is rounded out by Anne Dudek ('Big Love', 'House') as Annie's sister, Canadian Kari Matchett ('24', 'ER') as her difficult boss and Peter Gallagher ('The OC') as a CIA honcho.

We caught up with Perabo, Gorham, Dudek and Doug Liman, one of the show's creators and producer of the 'Bourne' trilogy, to fill us in on what to expect from TV's newest spy show.

Everything you need to know about 'Covert Affairs' after the jump!

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Piper Perabo Ready To Be Action Heroine On 'Covert Affairs'

by Steve Baltin, posted Jul 7th 2010 3:00PM
Piper PeraboSince bursting on the scene in 'Coyote Ugly' a decade ago, Piper Perabo has proven her versatility as an actress, doing everything from horror films ('Carriers') and romantic comedies ('Imagine Me And You') to blockbusters ('The Prestige') and family fare ('Cheaper By The Dozen 1 and 2').

About the only thing Perabo hasn't done is kick some ass as an action star. Now she's ready to do that as CIA spy Annie Walker in the new USA series 'Covert Affairs.'

Turns out that's the role Perabo has been waiting for. "I really like action movies. It's really more like my personality," she told TV Squad. "I've always been a tomboy and so I get to show a lot more of kind of who I am in real life."

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So Many New Summer Shows, But What's Actually Good?

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 24th 2010 1:00PM

This summer's TV landscape is full of new reality shows, new cop shows, even a drama or two that are worth checking out, but what's the one new series that you must see, the one that promises to be as compelling in episode two and subsequent installments as it was in its pilot, and, more importantly, that is likely to make it to a second season, and thus is worthy of the time investment of your faithful viewing?

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'Covert Affairs' Enlists Gregory Itzin, Eriq La Salle

by Allyssa Lee, posted May 28th 2010 3:14PM
Gregory Itzin'24' might be gone (the TV version of it, anyway), but it appears as though the recently departed Fox drama has a good outplacement program. In fact, two of the show's alums have been cast on USA's new series 'Covert Affairs.'

After returning to reprise his role as the smarmy ex-President Charles Logan on '24's final season, the Ausiello Files is reporting that actor Gregory Itzin will appear on 'Affairs' in a multi-episode arc as Henry Wilcox, the former Director of Clandestine Services and father of CIA agent Jai, played by Sendhil Ramamamuthy ('Heroes').

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'White Collar, 'Covert Affairs' Nab Summer Premiere Dates

by Allyssa Lee, posted May 6th 2010 9:00AM
White CollarIt's shaping up to be quite a busy summer for the USA -- the USA Network, that is.

According to the Wrap, the basic cable network has arranged for 'White Collar' to premiere its second season on Tue., July 13. The show will move up an hour to 9PM so it can serve as a lead-in to USA's newest original series, 'Covert Affairs,' which premieres that same night at 10PM.

'White Collar' stars Matt Bomer as a crook who arranges to team up his criminal mind with the feds in order to catch his fellow crooks and secure his freedom.

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