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'Covert Affairs' creators talk that season 5 finale ending

Spoiler alert: The Covert Affairs season 5 finale, “Gold Soundz,” brought about big changes for Annie (Piper Perabo) and Auggie (Chris Gorham). After almost being killed, again, the latter decided he wants to leave the agency and travel the world with Natasha (Liane Balaban). If/when the show gets an order for a sixth season, would Auggie be in it? “Oh, he’ll be in it,” co-creator Matt Corman assures us. “It’s a slightly different dynamic for him at the outset. I think for now he’s trying this, trying something different. It’s interesting, he’s been so defined by his job. He has the CIA so dialed that for him, maybe more than any of our other characters, stepping out of that workplace is gonna be a real shift.”

With Arthur (Peter Gallagher) considering a run for Senate, Joan (Kari Matchett) heading up a new task force, and Annie debating whom to work for, whether to accept that mid-action sequence proposal from McQuaid (Nic Bishop), and what to do about her heart, season 6 could look a lot different. “It’s like any family, right, people go off in different directions, but they’re all still a family. There will always be things that unify them,” co-creator Chris Ord says. “And,” adds Corman, “pull them back together.” 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': 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': 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

'Covert Affairs' creators talk season premiere bombshells (and where we go from here)

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' sneak peek: Someone takes a bullet -- EXCLUSIVE

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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

'Covert Affairs' season finale postmortem: Creators talk show-changing moment

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Covert Affairs‘ season 3 finale, directed by Renny Harlin, stop reading now. Creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord dish on an episode they anticipated would leave fans “excited, thrilled… a little bit scared.” READ FULL STORY

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