Cover Up (TV series)

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Cover Up
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Jon-Erik Hexum and Jennifer O'Neill
Genre Action/Adventure
Created by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Phil Bondelli
Richard A. Colla
Peter Crane
Don Carlos Dunaway
Walter Grauman
John D. Hancock
Jeffrey Hayden
Sidney Hayers
Christopher Hibler
Bruce Kessler
Guy Magar
Bernard McEveety
Arthur Allan Seidelman
Michael Vejar
Don Weis
Starring Jennifer O'Neill
Jon-Erik Hexum
Antony Hamilton
Theme music composer Dean Pitchford
Jim Steinman
Opening theme "Holding Out for a Hero" performed by EG Daily
Composer(s) Joseph Conlan
J.A.C. Redford
Morton Stevens
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Production
Executive producer(s) Glen A. Larson
Producer(s) Brian Alan Lane
Bob Shayne
Harker Wade
Editor(s) David Howe
Gene Ranney
Running time 44 mins.
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Glen A. Larson Productions
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 22, 1984 (1984-09-22) – April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06)

Cover Up is an American action/adventure television series that aired for one season on CBS from September 22, 1984 to April 6, 1985. Created by Glen A. Larson, the series stars Jennifer O'Neill, Jon-Erik Hexum, Antony Hamilton, and Richard Anderson.

Plot overview[edit]

Fashion photographer Dani Reynolds's life suddenly changes after the death of her husband. It is only then that she discovers that he was actually an undercover CIA agent. When she learns he had been murdered, she recruits Mac Harper, a former Special Forces Operator, to help her find her husband's killers.

Henry Towler, her husband's boss, then offers her the late husband's job. Dani would pretend she was still a photographer and Mac would be her model. Henry would send them anywhere in the world where Americans are in trouble or criminals need to be caught. Once there, they act pretty much on their own.

After the death of actor Jon-Erik Hexum, who played Mac, the episode "Writer's Block" introduced Dani's new assistant, Jack Striker. Jack was a CIA agent who, like Mac, operated under the cover of a model.

Cast[edit]

On-set accident[edit]

During a break between scenes on the set on October 12, 1984, Jon-Erik Hexum became bored with the filming delays. He began playing Russian roulette with what he believed was a harmless .44 Magnum prop gun and jokingly placed it to his temple and pulled the trigger. The shot sent the wadding from the blank cartridge into Hexum's skull, driving a bone fragment the size of a quarter into his brain and causing massive hemorrhaging. Hexum was rushed to the hospital, where he eventually was declared brain dead. On October 18, he was taken off life support.[1]

Hexum appeared in only seven episodes of the series, including the pilot. He was replaced by Antony Hamilton for the remainder of the season.[2] Jennifer O'Neill appeared in all of the episodes. As Cover Up continued to air throughout the winter of 1984-85, ratings held up. The network ultimately canceled the series after its first season due to mediocre ratings.[3]

Episode list[edit]

  1. "Pilot, Part 1" – September 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
  2. "Pilot, Part 2" – September 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
  3. "Death in Vogue" – September 29, 1984 (1984-09-29)
  4. "The Million Dollar Face" – October 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
  5. "Harper-Gate" – October 10, 1984 (1984-10-10)
  6. "Sudden Exposure" – October 17, 1984 (1984-10-17)
  7. "Nothing to Lose" – October 24, 1984 (1984-10-24)
  8. "Golden Opportunity" – November 3, 1984 (1984-11-03) *
  9. "Writer's Block" – November 24, 1984 (1984-11-24) **
  10. "Murder in Malibu" – December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)
  11. "Midnight Highway" – December 8, 1984 (1984-12-08)
  12. "A Subtle Seduction" – December 29, 1984 (1984-12-29)
  13. "Black Widow" – January 5, 1985 (1985-01-05)
  14. "Murder Offshore" – January 12, 1985 (1985-01-12)
  15. "The Assassin" – January 26, 1985 (1985-01-26)
  16. "Rules to Die By" – February 2, 1985 (1985-02-02)
  17. "Healthy, Wealthy, and Dead" – February 23, 1985 (1985-02-23)
  18. "The Ugliest American" – March 2, 1985 (1985-03-02)
  19. "Who's Trying to Kill Miss Globe?" – March 9, 1985 (1985-03-09)
  20. "Adam's Rib" – March 23, 1985 (1985-03-23)
  21. "Jack of Spades" – March 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)
  22. "Passions" – April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06)
  • *Hexum's last episode[4]
  • **Hamilton's first episode[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jon-Erik Hexum Fatal Joke". Entertainment Weekly. 1994-10-14. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  2. ^ Davidson, Casey; Shaw, Jessica (1995-04-28). "Monitor: Pop Culture News". ew.com. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  3. ^ Snauffer, Douglas (2008). The Show Must Go On - How the Deaths of Lead Actors Have Affected Television Series. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 88–92. ISBN 978-0-7864-3295-0. 
  4. ^ TV.com — Golden Opportunity
  5. ^ TV.com — Writer Block

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