Covert Affairs
Genre Action Drama
Created by Matt Corman Chris Ord
Starring Piper Perabo Christopher Gorham Kari Matchett Anne Dudek Sendhil Ramamurthy Peter Gallagher
Opening theme "Can You Save Me" by Power (formerly named Apple Trees & Tangerines)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 15 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) James Parriott Dave Bartis Doug Liman
Location(s) Toronto, ON, Canada
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Dutch Oven Productions Universal Cable Productions
Original channel USA Network
Original run July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13) – present


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Covert Affairs

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Covert Affairs is a USA Network television series starring Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham. The one-hour drama premiered on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, following White Collar. The show concluded its first season on September 14, 2010 and was renewed for a second season on August 19, 2010. The second season will be aired during summer 2011 starting June 7, and a DVD set of the first season was released on May 17, 2011.


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A young CIA trainee, Annie Walker, is sent out into the field to work at the Domestic Protection Division (DPD). August "Auggie" Anderson, a blind field operative, is Annie's guide in her new life. Annie's cover story is that she works in Acquisitions at the Smithsonian Museum.

Cast and characters

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Main cast

  • Piper Perabo as Anne Catherine "Annie" Walker: a 28-year-old CIA trainee who is suddenly promoted to field operative in order to help capture her ex-boyfriend, but the cause of her promotion is unknown to her. She speaks eight languages, including Italian, Russian,Spanish,German, French, Turkish, and Portuguese, which she says is her favorite.
  • Christopher Gorham as August "Auggie" Anderson: a CIA military intelligence/special ops officer who was blinded while on a mission in Iraq. He guides Annie through the paces at her new job. He has four older brothers and is an Eagle Scout.
  • Kari Matchett as Joan Campbell: a senior officer who heads the Domestic Protection Division (DPD); Annie's supervisor and Arthur Campbell's wife. In the first few episodes of the series, she suspects Arthur is cheating. Also has shown to have difficulty separating work from personal life as shown in the couple's therapy sessions.
  • Anne Dudek as Danielle Brooks: Annie's older sister, who is married and has two children, and in whose guest house Annie lives. She is unaware of Annie's real career, knowing only Annie's cover—that she works in acquisitions at the Smithsonian Museum.
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy as Jai Wilcox: a CIA officer assigned to DPD by Arthur Campbell. His family has a long history with the CIA; his father Henry was formerly the DCS.
  • Peter Gallagher as Arthur Campbell (Season 2+, recurring previously): the CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service; Joan Campbell's husband.

Recurring cast
  • Eion Bailey as Ben Mercer: Annie's ex-boyfriend, who is being targeted by the CIA.
  • Gregory Itzin as Henry Wilcox: the former CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service; Jai Wilcox's father.
  • Emmanuelle Vaugier as Liza Hearn: a journalist with a mysterious source inside the CIA, who hopes to publish a series of damaging articles about the Agency.
  • Evan Sabba as Michael Brooks: Danielle's husband and Annie's brother-in-law.
  • Jaimie Alexander as Reva Kline, tech operative (Auggie's replacement).


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The characters Auggie Anderson and Annie Walker are portrayed by Christopher Gorham (left) and Piper Perabo (right).

SeasonEpisodesTimeslot (EST)Original AiringViewers
(in millions)
Season PremiereSeason FinaleSeason
111Tuesday 10:00 P.M.July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13)September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)20106.69
213Tuesday 10:00 P.M.June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07)2011


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NominatedGolden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — DramaPiper Perabo

DVD Release

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Season One of "Covert Affairs" was released on DVD on May 17, 2011 in region 1 and region 4 on June 2, 2011. 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", "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.

Development and casting

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Covert Affairs first appeared on USA Network's development slate in July 2008. The pilot episode was written by Matt Corman and Chris Ord. Casting was underway in June 2009, with the expectation that successful casting would lead to a production commitment. Piper Perabo was the first actress cast in early July 2009 as CIA officer Annie Walker. The casting of Christopher Gorham came in late July, quickly followed by 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. Further casting announcements included Anne Dudek in mid-August, followed by Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher in early September.Eric Lively was cast as a fellow CIA officer as a peer of Perabo's character, and Eion Bailey was cast in a recurring role as Perabo's ex-boyfriend. The pilot began filming in Toronto in September 2009.

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

The series is executive produced by Doug Liman and David Bartis and co-executive produced by Jonathan Glassner. The series features extensive scenes filmed in live locations such as the pilot episode's action in Toronto serving as Washington, D.C.

The second season began filming in March, 2011.

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