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'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

'Covert Affairs': Auggie and Annie discuss lies (and love?) -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

No one said a relationship between two spies would be easy. On tonight’s Covert Affairs (USA, 9 p.m. ET), Annie (Piper Perabo) has a serious discussion with Auggie (Chris Gorham) about how she wants theirs to work. Watch the exclusive clip below, which also hints at a secret Auggie’s been keeping. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs': Hill Harper on tonight's 'Zero Dark Thirty' moment -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Annie (Piper Perabo) returns to Colombia on tonight’s Covert Affairs (USA, 9 p.m. ET) after receiving intel linking Arthur’s son Teo (Manolo Cardona) to a bomb plot. While Annie tries to determine Teo’s true allegiances, the local “sheriff,” CIA station chief Calder Michaels (Hill Harper), is prepared to torture Teo until he reveals his target. “Our Zero Dark Thirty moment” — how Harper describes the exclusive clip below — is a perfect example of how this character differs from the earnest role he played on CSI: NY for nine seasons. “He does not mind being very nasty and throwing his weight around, his ego around, his swag around, if need be to get the job done,” Harper says. “Annie and Calder see the world differently. Even though they both have the exact same goals — protect our country, serve our government — they have two completely different views about what’s the most effective way to do that. He believes that there are bad people in the world that can’t be changed, and sometimes you have take drastic measures and/or even eliminate people to make the world safer; she believes that people can be turned and changed, and sometimes it takes a wink and a smile and sometimes it takes giving someone information they didn’t know. The dichotomy of those two ways of looking at the world make for very interesting storytelling.”

As for the tense scene below, Annie has to watch as Calder beats Teo. “I want everything to look realistic. At first, we were gonna put a pad on [Cardona's torso], but we couldn’t hide a pad because his arms were up above his head, so his shirt pulled up,” Harper says. “I mean, I’d really hit him, and after every take, I’d be like, ‘Are you okay? Are you okay?’ And he’d be like, ‘I’m fine, come on, let’s do this.’ Everybody was onboard with doing it in a big, realistic way. I think he had some bruises and some welt marks, but, you know, those went away.” READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural,' 'Suits,' 'Covert Affairs,' 'Blue Bloods': Find out what's next in Spoiler Room

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‘COVERT AFFAIRS’: WILL SPARKS FLY WITH ANNIE AND TEO?

In the July 30 episode of USA’s Covert Affairs, Annie (Piper Perabo) heads back to Colombia to determine the true allegiances of Arthur’s son, Teo (Manolo Cardona), after she receives intel that the terrorist group he’s involved with is planning an attack. There are some tense scenes between Perabo and Cardona, who previously worked together on the slightly less suspenseful 2008 film Beverly Hills Chihuahua. “I can’t tell you everything that happens to him [this season], but it’s dangerous,” Perabo says, with a laugh. “He gets a lot of stunts, car crashes, and shootouts. That’s another reason I was glad they cast Manolo: I was glad to have a really brave, macho guy.”

While we’re happy Annie is finally with her handler, Auggie (Chris Gorham), we can’t help but wonder if we’ll see sparks fly with Teo. “We shot this scene recently with Teo in a foreign city,” Perabo says carefully, “and he rescued me in the middle of this fight. Both the hair and makeup girls came up to me afterward, and they said, ‘What’s gonna happen with Teo and Annie?! It all seems like it’s gonna go off!’ I went up to Manolo, and I was like, ‘All right, keep it on a simmer. You can’t put out that much heat. You’re Latin. A little is a lot!’” – Mandi Bierly

‘SUPERNATURAL’: SCOOP-A-PALOOZA

In addition to what was dolled out during the Supernatural panel, this year’s press room was a wonderful flood of scooplets. Here, I pull out some highlights:

+ CROWLEY = CURED? – Mark Sheppard scooped to me during our chat on the EW Comic-Con couch that Crowley was most certainly going to struggle with certain side effects from almost being cured at the end of last season, but, he maintains, Sam and Dean “did not cure him.” “I mean, as far as the canon is concerned, if you don’t complete the task then it hasn’t happened. I’d be more interested to see…if there is any residual effects.”

+ DEAN’S SECRET– So, Dean’s got a secret. Exactly what it is, we’re not sure. Neither is Jensen Ackles, but, he teases, it’s “one of the bigger issues of the series.” “So it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out,” he says. Jared Padalecki teased a little further: ” It does really heavily involve Sam, and even has a lot to do with why Sam’s still alive. So Dean is just kind of lying to Sam.  And he’s hating it every step of the way and Sam can’t really tell,” he says. “But when Sam finds out, s–t’s going to hit the fan.”

+ WILL ACKLES DIRECT? Ackles is also waiting to hear whether or not he’ll step behind the camera to direct another episode. After directing one episode per season for the last three seasons, “I’m not directing this year — well not yet. They haven’t given me one. I usually direct the first one out of the gate, but because I have a 7-week-old daughter I opted to stay home with the newborn instead this year,” he says. But there’s still a chance he can. “There’s still a few episodes that are not slated yet with the directors and I think they’re trying to figure out how they can slide me in there storyline wise.”

+ CASTIEL’S NEW CHALLENGES – Lots of scoop on what’s coming up with powerless Cas in my chat with Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard, but Collins, who is slated to appear in more than a dozen episodes throughout this season, added on the matter: “I certainly hope that at the very least, Cas is going to change his underwear now that he’s human. But I will tease for you – this is pretty juicy stuff since we’re getting into the wardrobe, there is a Laundromat scene in episode 1. So this very question has been forefront in the writer’s minds.” As for his relationship with the boys? Ackles says, “It’ll be interesting to see how the relationship evolves given his new lack of skills.”

‘SUITS’ ALMOST STAGED A BIG BREAK-UP

The new relationship between law firm associate Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and paralegal Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) may get rocky on Suits, but it is here to stay – at least for the length of the USA drama’s summer run. But it wasn’t always that way.

“They were planning on breaking us up at episode 10,” Markle reveals. “I know that it has now been completely restructured and re-conceived because they are enjoying Mike and Rachel as a couple too much. They don’t want to do it.”

The decision is one she definitely supports. “It’s really kind of cool and sweet to just not have to keep slapping him,” she jokes. But on a serious note, she adds, “Because the show is doing so well, and we’re so lucky — you can see that we probably have a few more seasons in us — the idea of ‘will-they-won’t-they, will-they-won’t-they, okay, they will, but only for 10 episodes and then it’s going to go away’ felt like then where do you go from that? If it took us two seasons to try to figure out if we could make it work, then maybe they take that time and really give us an opportunity to have something. Just like with any character, with any relationship that you have onscreen, when you can settle into it a bit more, you get to find what’s interesting about it, find layers and nuances. So I’m really happy that they’re really happy with it.” – Mandi Bierly

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