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
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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)!
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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?”
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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‘ 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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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
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
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
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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
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
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched tonight’s Covert Affairs season premiere, stop reading now. Creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord take us through the big twists and tease what’s next.
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'Covert Affairs' star Chris Gorham teases Auggie's big secret (and temper) on EW Radio: Listen here!
USA’s globe-trotting spy drama Covert Affairs returns Tuesday, which means when star Chris Gorham stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio/SiriusXM 105 this afternoon, we got a few nice teases about what’s to come. Those include hints about a “whopper” of a secret that Auggie is holding back from Annie (Piper Perabo), the resurfacing of Auggie’s temper, and the flash-forward that begins the season 4 premiere. “It’s an incredibly dramatic moment — tense, action-packed, and filled with emotion — that I think is gonna get everyone pretty excited about where we’re headed,” he said.
While the flash-forward is a first for the show, filming the opening hour on location in Colombia, where Auggie and Annie meet ambitious, unreadable CIA station chief Calder Michaels (CSI:NY‘s Hill Harper) also yielded a personal first for Gorham: He wasn’t allowed to leave his hotel without an armed escort. He described that experienced for us before the subject turned back to Auggie’s shirtlessness — which was a natural segue into our inaugural “Afternoon Delight” radio segment, in which we get a little saucy with actors who don’t mind sharing that “Baby Got Back” was once their go-to karaoke song. Listen to the full interview, conducted by Mandi Bierly, Abby West, and Denise Warner, below. READ FULL STORY
Covert Affairs returns July 16 (USA, 9 p.m. ET) with a season 4 premiere that has, as exec producer Matt Corman says, ”about four huge bombshells.” And technically, what happens at the end of the exclusive clip below of spies Annie (Piper Perabo) and Auggie (Christopher Gorham) running into trouble in Colombia isn’t even one of them! Watch it below. Spoiler: The video begins with a “previously on” montage to remind you where we left off before hinting at two reasons you’ll see Gorham shirtless in the hour.
Bonus scoop: Tune in to Entertainment Weekly Radio/SiriusXM 105 on Monday around 2:40 p.m. ET, when Gorham pops by our studio for a live chat on the EW.com Editor’s Hour. READ FULL STORY
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Spoiler Room is back from summer vacation!!
For details on how I spent my weeks off, watch Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Actually, that has nothing to do with what I did, but I wish it did. (Also, I really love that movie.) The real answer to how I spent my time off is nothing you’d be particularly interested in.
Anyway, I’m back and have returned with a delicious heap of scoop. Enjoy! And don’t forget to send your questions for next week, people! spoilerroom@EW.com
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