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'Covert Affairs' creators share details from season 5's finale

While Covert Affairs fans await word on whether USA will renew the globe-trotting drama, the intense fifth season comes to a close Thursday as Annie (Piper Perabo) and McQuaid (Nic Bishop) try to get villain-turned-potential asset Belenko (Shawn Doyle) out of Argentina. “It’s a classic Covert Affairs episode in that there’s high stakes, we’re abroad, they’re operating without a net, and they’re up against a tremendously savvy adversary,” co-creator Matt Corman says, referring to the Russian Vega assassins who want Belenko dead. As co-creator Chris Ord explains, “If anything, the bar is higher than last season when Annie’s goal was to kill Henry. In some ways, not killing someone—or at least trying to get him out of somewhere alive—is the tougher goal.”

Corman and Ord wrote the episode, which sets one particularly nail-biting sequence in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta Cemetery. “That’s such an iconic location in that city, and to be able to set an action sequence there—trying to take advantage of all those twists and turns and little alley ways—was really a dream come true,” Ord says.

While they promise viewers will see Annie and McQuaid’s relationship evolve even further in the finale, there’s also plenty happening Stateside with Auggie (Chris Gorham) returning home to help Calder (Hill Harper) and Joan (Kari Matchett) continue their search for Belenko’s cohort Langer (Joel Keller). “It represents real danger for some of our folks at home, which is something we haven’t always done,” Corman says. “This is kind of a synthesis of danger at home and danger abroad.” READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' bosses discuss the traitor reveal and the new Big Bad

This post contains plot details of the Covert Affairs midseason finale, “Sensitive Euro Man,” which aired on Aug. 26.

Was Annie right to trust McQuaid? Who was behind the Chicago bombing? Creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord talk to EW about season five’s midseason finale and what to expect when the show returns. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' bosses promise a death in midseason finale

Last week’s episode of USA’s Covert Affairs saw Annie (Piper Perabo) coming to believe that McQuaid (Nic Bishop) orchestrated the Chicago bombing, then having second thoughts when she had the chance to bring him in. “She trusts her gut instinct, and her gut instinct is telling her to trust McQuaid,” co-creator Chris Ord says. “We’ll see where that leads her.”

“If she does go ahead and trust McQuaid,” co-creator Matt Corman adds, “it’s gonna complicate things between she and Auggie even further. Throughout the season, the issue of trust between Annie and Auggie has been showcased, and it’s something the two characters are still working through.”

As the promo for the Aug. 26 midseason finale hints, not everyone will make it to the second half of season five. “Fans of this show have come to expect twists and turns, and this episode delivers. Without getting too specific, yes, a character that the audience has come to know will die,” Corman confirms. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' star Chris Gorham talks about Auggie's surprising turn

If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Covert Affairs, stop reading now. Chris Gorham takes us inside a very shirtless hour for Auggie that may have some fans of the show looking at the character differently. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' star Chris Gorham hints at sexiest episode yet

This week’s episode of Covert Affairs (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on USA) continues the search for the Postman and puts Auggie (Chris Gorham), who’s in a new relationship with Hayley (Amy Jo Johnson), in the field in Paris to approach an asset with whom he has an emotional history. Annie (Piper Perabo), meanwhile, tags along as his handler and finds herself cozying up to someone as well for the sake of the mission.

Combine their efforts with the revelation that the woman Calder (Hill Harper) has been sleeping with is an escort, and it’s shaping up to be Covert Affairs‘ steamiest season. Gorham gave EW a tease of what’s ahead. (Come back to Inside TV after the episode airs for a postmortem.) READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' season premiere postmortem: Producers talk Annie's secret, what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the season 5 premiere of USA’s Covert Affairs, stop reading now. Co-creators Chris Ord and Matt Corman take us inside the twists and tease what’s to come. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' producers hint at a secretive Annie (and Auggie's return to being a ladies' man)

When Covert Affairs returns on June 24 (USA, 10 p.m. ET), season five picks up four months after Annie (Piper Perabo) shot and killed Henry Wilcox. She’s ready to come back to work, but no one at the agency—including Auggie (Christopher Gorham)—knows where she’s been.

“This is a show about secrets. But up until this point, Annie hasn’t really had a secret that she’s harboring from the folks that she works with at the CIA,” co-creator Matt Corman says. “It’s another layer.”

Viewers will get their first clue as to what Annie’s hiding in the season premiere, which also introduces a new character, Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop). “He’s a private spy essentially, a private military contractor,” co-creator Matt Ord says. “This is an area of espionage that exists that we haven’t really explored up until this point. We brought in McQuaid as a way to examine what it’s like to work as a spy in the private sector. Annie will get to see that world—the advantages and disadvantages. Nic Bishop’s got that swagger that comes with being in a position like this. The chemistry between them, so far, has been off the charts. We’re really excited about what’s going on between Annie and McQuaid.” READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' heats up in Hong Kong -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

The promo for the Nov. 14 episode of USA’s Covert Affairs offers a quick tease of what looks to be a fairly awesome gun fight and chase scene in Hong Kong as Annie (Piper Perabo), Auggie (Christopher Gorham) and Calder (Hill Harper) face off with Henry’s men. The action will move fast, but you can pause to appreciate the details in this exclusive photo: Auggie holding Annie, Calder’s reflection in the mirror. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs': Look who's back in Auggie's life -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

As Annie (Piper Perabo) continues to work with Henry’s ex-wife Sana (Seeta Indrani) to bring him down, the Oct. 24 episode of USA’s Covert Affairs finds Auggie (Chris Gorham) dealing with an ex-wife of his own. Cue the return of Helen (Michelle Ryan)!

Watch an exclusive sneak peek below. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs': Annie's transformation begins -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Covert Affairs resumes its fourth season Thursday night with Annie (Piper Perabo) having faked her own death and now hunting Henry Wilcox’s (Gregory Itzin) ex-wife solo to see if she can turn her against him and bring him down. “She’s completely in the dark, which is a really exciting dynamic going into the back six,” co-creator Chris Ord told EW after the summer finale. “We’ll see Annie in situations where normally she’d have the opportunity to just call Auggie [Christopher Gorham] or the CIA, but she won’t now. And that compounds the challenge of all those situations.”

Co-creator Matt Corman notes, “It’s definitely slightly different storytelling, slightly darker. But by the same token, it’s kinda exciting because she’s so free. She has no one to answer to, so all the decisions she makes are her own. The tension that existed for much of the first four seasons about whether she’ll buck authority, and what will Joan [Kari Matchett] and Auggie think, what will breaking these rules mean — that’s all fallen away. Now it’s just all instinct. What is the right decision? How do I stay alive? And how do I complete my mission?”

Watch an exclusive clip below. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' postmortem: Creators tease a new Annie

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Covert Affairs’ summer finale, stop reading now. The USA spy drama will return Oct. 17 — with a new look. Creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord fill us in.
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'Covert Affairs' summer finale sneak peek: 'The barbarians are at the gate' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Covert Affairs‘ tense summer run climaxes tonight as we finally reach that flash-forward moment that began the season: Annie (Piper Perabo) and Calder (Hill Harper) pulling their guns on one another and firing. We now know she’s in Germany trying to figure out who Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin) was meeting with on his layover to Copenhagen, where he committed an act of terrorism that he blamed on Teo (Manolo Cardona). And yes, Teo really did die during surgery for a bullet wound acquired during his escape with Annie. “It speaks of how much the audience enjoyed the character and Manolo that they don’t want him to die,” co-creator Chris Ord tells EW. “But unfortunately, for our story to go on, he needs to have passed.”

We’ll have a full postmortem with Ord and co-creator Matt Corman on Wednesday, but here’s what they’ll tease now: Auggie (Chris Gorham) now suspects that Calder isn’t working for Henry Wilcox after all. “We’re gonna get some real clarity as to whether Calder is a good guy or a bad guy,” Corman says. “Obviously, there are gradations within that, but we’re really going to understand him much more fully by the end of this finale.” The creators know Calder is a character that fans love to hate. “Hill is such an engaging actor to watch, and the character is so fun — we’re just happy that people are responding passionately about the character,” Ord says. “I think that’s what we all want out of television — to have visceral, passionate reactions — and if people are yelling at the TV, all the better.”

As you’ll see in our exclusive clip below of Arthur (Peter Gallagher) talking with Joan (Kari Matchett), word is out that Teo is his son and they need to find a way to communicate with Annie and get her home.
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'Covert Affairs': Annie's undercover in Austria -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Well, Hill Harper told us that his Calder Michaels might make life difficult for Annie (Piper Perabo) and Auggie (Chris Gorham), and it appears the new boss starts tonight. Calder takes over as Annie’s handler for a mission that sends her to Vienna to infiltrate the inner circle of a debonair arms dealer named Dion Stavros (guest star Simon Kassianides). Watch Annie work her magic below. READ FULL STORY

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