The USA network is kicking off their summer lineup this week, which means fresh recaps will land here very soon. In addition to returning shows White Collar and Psych, I'll be recapping and reviewing their much-anticipated (around here, at the very least) brand-new series, Covert Affairs. It's a spy drama executive-produced by Doug Liman, director of Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Go, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. From the show's official website:
New jobs are tough -- especially when your new employer is the CIA. Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) is fluent in six languages, has traveled the world and is besting her fellow CIA trainees in every test. But that doesn't explain why she's suddenly summoned by CIA headquarters to report for active duty as a field operative one month before her training is over. She doesn't know there may be something -- or someone -- from her past that her CIA bosses are really after.
Annie's unofficial guide to the CIA is Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham), a tech ops expert who was blinded while on assignment. As Annie navigates this new world of intrigue, danger and bureaucratic red tape, Auggie is there to make sure this quick study won't be kept in the dark for long. Also starring Peter Gallagher, Kari Matchett, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Anne Dudek.
Reactions to advance screenings of the pilot episode have been pretty universally positive, and expectations are high. Could be good. Of course, it could also start out strong and then go off the rails, à la last season's FlashForward debacle. Just in case, I reserve the right to abandon ship at any time if it fails to live up to its potential; making it all the way to FF's feeble, sputtering finale ended up being an exercise in masochism. We'll see how this one turns out.