|Created by||Matt Corman|
|Opening theme||"Can You Save Me"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||75 (list of episodes)|
|Production locations||Toronto, Ontario, Canada as main; location shooting elsewhere as required|
|Editors||Lori Jane Coleman|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Picture format||16:9, 1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||July 13, 2010 –|
December 18, 2014
Covert Affairs is an American action drama television series filmed in Toronto, Canada, starring Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham that premiered on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. On January 6, 2015, USA Network cancelled Covert Affairs after five seasons.
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. The series traces Annie's evolution from a wide-eyed young operative who fetches coffee for her co-workers to a hardened spy who does not balk at enhanced interrogation. This change in tone is also seen in the opening credits, which used chick lit–style graphics in the early seasons. The cartoons, like the focus on Annie's home life with her sister, were gone in the fourth and fifth seasons.
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 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. 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 and peer to Perabo's character, and Eion Bailey was cast in a recurring role as Annie Walker's ex-boyfriend. The pilot began filming in Toronto in September 2009.
In January 2010, the Covert Affairs pilot received a 10-episodes 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 executive producers are Doug Liman and David Bartis and the co-executive producer is Jonathan Glassner. 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., 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.
Main article: List of Covert Affairs episodes
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Viewers|
|1||Tuesday 10:00 pm (July 13, 2010 – Sept. 7, 2010)
Tuesday 9:00 pm (Sept. 14, 2010)
|2||Tuesday 10:00 pm (June 7, 2011 – Nov. 20, 2012)||16||4.56||3.20||2011||5.64|
|4||Tuesday 9:00 pm (July 16, 2013 – Sept. 17, 2013)
Thursday 10:00 pm (Oct. 17, 2013 - Nov. 21, 2013)
|5||Tuesday 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 pm
Covert Affairs received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 93% approval rating, while on Metacritic, the first season of Covert Affairs received a score of 64 out of 100, based on 23 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The second season received a score of 68, based on six reviews. At the 68th Golden Globe Awards, Piper Perabo was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama. She also won the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role at the Gracie Awards in 2011. Christopher Gorham won the Seeing Beyond Vision Loss Special Achievement Award at the CNIB Awards in 2013.
|Season||Episodes||DVD release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Discs|
|1||11||May 17, 2011||June 18, 2012||June 2, 2011||3|
|2||16||May 1, 2012||September 17, 2012||October 3, 2012||4|
|3||16||May 28, 2013||March 17, 2014||September 5, 2013||4|
|4||16||May 27, 2014||August 10, 2015||TBA||4|
|5||16||April 28, 2015||TBA||TBA||4|
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