Cover Up (TV series)
Jon-Erik Hexum and Jennifer O'Neill
|Created by||Glen A. Larson|
|Directed by||Phil Bondelli
Richard A. Colla
Don Carlos Dunaway
John D. Hancock
Arthur Allan Seidelman
|Theme music composer||Dean Pitchford
|Opening theme||"Holding Out for a Hero" performed by EG Daily|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Executive producer(s)||Glen A. Larson|
|Producer(s)||Brian Alan Lane
|Running time||44 mins.|
|Production company(s)||20th Century Fox Television
Glen A. Larson Productions
|Original release||September 22, 1984– April 6, 1985|
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.
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.
- Dani Reynolds — Jennifer O'Neill
- Mac Harper — Jon-Erik Hexum (1984)
- Jack Striker — Antony Hamilton (1984–85)
- Henry Towler — Richard Anderson
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 at 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.
Hexum appeared in only seven episodes of the series, including the pilot. He was replaced by Antony Hamilton for the remainder of the season. 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.
- "Pilot, Part 1" – September 22, 1984
- "Pilot, Part 2" – September 22, 1984
- "Death in Vogue" – September 29, 1984
- "The Million Dollar Face" – October 6, 1984
- "Harper-Gate" – October 10, 1984
- "Sudden Exposure" – October 17, 1984
- "Nothing to Lose" – October 24, 1984
- "Golden Opportunity" – November 3, 1984 *
- "Writer's Block" – November 24, 1984 **
- "Murder in Malibu" – December 1, 1984
- "Midnight Highway" – December 8, 1984
- "A Subtle Seduction" – December 29, 1984
- "Black Widow" – January 5, 1985
- "Murder Offshore" – January 12, 1985
- "The Assassin" – January 26, 1985
- "Rules to Die By" – February 2, 1985
- "Healthy, Wealthy, and Dead" – February 23, 1985
- "The Ugliest American" – March 2, 1985
- "Who's Trying to Kill Miss Globe?" – March 9, 1985
- "Adam's Rib" – March 23, 1985
- "Jack of Spades" – March 30, 1985
- "Passions" – April 6, 1985
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- Davidson, Casey; Shaw, Jessica (1995-04-28). "Monitor: Pop Culture News". ew.com. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- 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.
- TV.com — Golden Opportunity
- TV.com — Writer Block