Covert Affairs

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Covert Affairs
Covert Affairs 2010 logo.svg
Created by Matt Corman
Chris Ord
Opening theme "Can You Save Me"
Composer(s) Toby Chu
Christopher Tyng
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 75 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s) Lori Jane Coleman
Leon Martin
Chris Brookshire
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada as main; location shooting elsewhere as required
Cinematography Colin Hoult
Jamie Barber
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network USA Network
Original release July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13) – December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18)
External links

Covert Affairs is a USA Network drama television series starring Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham that premiered on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.[1] The show ran for five seasons on the USA Network.[2]

Plot overview[edit]

A young CIA trainee, Annie Walker, is sent to work in the Domestic Protection Division (DPD) as a field agent. August "Auggie" Anderson, a blind tech operative, is Annie's guide in her new life. In the beginning, Annie's cover story is that she works in Acquisitions at the Smithsonian Museum but she is later let go. As of the fourth season, her new cover is that of a glamorous and well-connected importer/exporter, with expensive tastes and dealings that may not always be legal.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Piper Perabo as Anne Catherine "Annie" Walker: a CIA trainee who is suddenly promoted to field operative. In addition to English, she speaks seven languages fluently and several other languages with various skill levels.
  • Christopher Gorham as August "Auggie" Anderson: Annie's handler. Auggie is a CIA military intelligence/special ops officer who was blinded while on a mission in Iraq where he served in an Army Special Forces unit.
  • Kari Matchett as Joan Campbell: a senior officer who heads the Domestic Protection Division (DPD); she is Annie's supervisor, Arthur Campbell's wife, and a skilled spymaster who was quite talented in her field days. She attended Pennsylvania State University, and her cover is that of an executive at the World Bank.[3]
  • Anne Dudek as Danielle Brooks (season 1–2): Annie's older sister, who is married with two children; Annie lives in her guest house. Initially she is unaware of Annie's real career, knowing only Annie's cover, that she works in Acquisitions at the Smithsonian Institution.[4]
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy as Jai Wilcox (season 1–3): CIA officer assigned to the DPD by Arthur Campbell. His family has a difficult history with the CIA; his father, Henry Wilcox, was formerly the CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service (D/NCS).
  • Peter Gallagher as Arthur Campbell (season 2–5, recurring previously): D/NCS. During his time as a field operative in the late eighties, he posed as a student in Berlin to gather intel on the Stasi.
  • Hill Harper as Calder Michaels (season 4–5): CIA station chief based in Medellin, Colombia who is reassigned to Langley. Calder becomes the new head of the DPD after Joan is made D/NCS.
  • Nic Bishop as Ryan McQuaid (season 5): The owner of a private security firm for whom Arthur Campbell works, who finds himself working alongside Annie.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Oded Fehr as Eyal Lavin (season 1–5): a Mossad operative who occasionally works with Annie on her missions, and has become her confidante. The two are close, and turn to one another when in trouble.
  • Noam Jenkins as Vincent Rossabi (season 1–4): an FBI agent with whom Annie must occasionally work despite their antagonistic relationship.
  • Eion Bailey as Ben Mercer (season 1–2): Annie's ex-boyfriend, who was being targeted by the CIA, before returning to the Agency. He is hired by Arthur as a "black ops" agent.[5]
  • Gregory Itzin as Henry Wilcox (season 1–4):[6] the former CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service and Jai Wilcox's father.
  • Sarah Clarke as Lena Smith (season 3): Annie's supervisor in another CIA division. Lena is not satisfied with Annie's performance and sends Annie back to the DPD. Lena believes in a more hands-on, direct action approach to espionage compared to Joan's by-the-book approach.
  • Emmanuelle Vaugier as Liza Hearn (season 1–2): a journalist with a mysterious source inside the CIA, who publishes a series of damaging articles about the Agency.
  • Richard Coyle as Simon Fischer (season 3): A venture capitalist and suspected FSB spy, whom Annie is assigned to cultivate while working in Lena's division during season 3.
  • Perrey Reeves as Caitlyn Cook (season 5): Ryan McQuaid's assistant.
  • Amy Jo Johnson as Hayley Price (season 5): An NCTC official who is investigating the Chicago bombing and soon forms a relationship with Auggie.

Development, casting, and production[edit]

Covert Affairs first appeared on USA Network's development slate in July 2008.[7] The pilot episode was written by Matt Corman and Chris Ord.[7] Casting was underway in June 2009, with the expectation that successful casting would lead to a production commitment.[8] Piper Perabo was the first actress cast in early July 2009, as CIA officer Annie Walker.[9] The casting of Christopher Gorham came in late July,[citation needed] quickly followed by an announcement that the pilot had been green-lighted by USA Network.

In early August 2009, Tim Matheson signed on to direct a 90-minute pilot.[10] Further casting announcements included Anne Dudek in mid-August,[11] followed by Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher in early September.[12][13] Eric Lively was cast as a fellow CIA officer and peer to Perabo's character, and Eion Bailey was cast in a recurring role as Perabo's ex-boyfriend.[12] The pilot began filming in Toronto in September 2009.

In January 2010, the Covert Affairs pilot received a 10-episodes order.[10][14] Sendhil Ramamurthy was added to the cast as a CIA officer, replacing Lively's character,[15] along with Emmanuelle Vaugier in a recurring role as a journalist.[16]

The series executive producers are Doug Liman and David Bartis and the co-executive producer is Jonathan Glassner.[1][17] Production of the series takes place in Toronto, Ontario, at primary static sets housed in a studio, as well as at "stock" shooting locations throughout the local area. This is combined with material filmed at various international locations in which the series' episodes are set, such as Washington, D.C.,[10][16] capturing geographically unique elements of these places. In some instances, the series' producers use a stand-in location for shots where the costs and logistics of the actual location shoot are impractical, or if the location specified is fictional.


The characters Auggie Anderson and Annie Walker are portrayed by Christopher Gorham (left) and Piper Perabo (right).
Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 10:00 pm (July 13, 2010 – Sept. 7, 2010)
Tuesday 9:00 pm (Sept. 14, 2010)
July 13, 2010
September 14, 2010
5.23[19] 2010 6.70[20]
2 Tuesday 10:00 pm (June 7, 2011 – Nov. 20, 2012) 16
June 7, 2011
December 6, 2011
3.20[22] 2011 5.64[23]
3 16
July 10, 2012
November 20, 2012
2.47[25][26] 2012 TBA
4 Tuesday 9:00 pm (July 16, 2013 – Sept. 17, 2013)
Thursday 10:00 pm (Oct. 17, 2013 - Nov. 21, 2013)
July 16, 2013
2.39 [27]
November 21, 2013
2.34[28] 2013 3.96[29]
5 Tuesday 10:00 pm 16
June 24, 2014
December 18, 2014
TBA 2014 TBA


Critical Response[edit]

Covert Affairs received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an 81% approval rating with an average rating of 5.4/10 based on 16 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Predictable and perhaps a bit dated, Covert Affairs is nonetheless a slick, entertaining espionage drama that benefits from Piper Perabo in the lead role."[31] The first season of Covert Affairs received a Metacritic score of 64 out of 100, based on 23 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[32] The second season received a score of 68, based on six reviews.[33]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for Covert Affairs
Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2011 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama Piper Perabo[34] Nominated
2013 CNIB Seeing Beyond Vision Loss Special Achievement Award Christopher Gorham[35] Won
2011 Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role Piper Perabo[36] Won

DVD release dates[edit]

DVD release dates for Covert Affairs
Name Release dates Ep # Additional information
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season One May 17, 2011[37] June 2, 2011[38] 11 The three-disc set features all 11 episodes of season one, commentary on the "Pilot" episode, "Communication Breakdown", and "When the Levee Breaks" outtakes, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes entitled "Welcome to the Farm" and "Blind Insight", a set tour, and "Celebrate the ADA" PSA. The DVD is also equipped with Descriptive Video Service, a feature that provides descriptive narration of key visual elements for the visually impaired
Season Two May 1, 2012[39] TBA TBA 16 Features include deleted scenes, a gag reel, Comic Con intro and behind the scenes location documentary
Season Three May 28, 2013[40] TBA TBA 16 This set also includes the "Sights Unseen" webisodes
Season Four May 27, 2014 TBA TBA 16 Features include deleted scenes, Here Comes Your Man Deleted Scenes, gag reel, action reel, and Sights Unseen: Auggie Undercover - A Covert Affairs Prequel
Season Five April 28, 2015 TBA TBA 16 Features include deleted scenes, and a gag reel


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