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Jun 23, 2014
Covert Affairs Returns Tomorrow Night
The new season of Covert Affairs (the fifth) kicks off tomorrow night at 10pm on USA. Though it's had its ups and downs, Covert Affairs remains strong after so many years. It's followed the trajectory of most modern spy series that start off fairly serious. (I'm thinking of you, MI5!) After more grounded early seasons in which CIA agent Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) engaged in fairly realistic spying and didn't carry a gun, by last season she had transitioned into a full-on female James Bond, not only armed but deadly, and when last we saw her engaging in some Jack Bauer-style shenanigans in Shanghai. But the good news is Perabo and the series have handled that transition well, and while the overall tone has changed a bit (even the office politics, which remain my favorite part, have become soapier... though still not as soapy as 24), Covert Affairs is as much fun to watch as it ever was! I'm looking forward to seeing where the fifth season takes Annie. Covert Affairs: Season 4, meanwhile, is now available on DVD, with extras including deleted scenes, a gag reel, an action reel, and the prequel minisodes series Sights Unseen: Auggie Undercover.
Though I post here under the name Tanner, my real name is Matthew Bradford, and I'm a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. I'm coauthor of the graphic novel Night and Fog and I co-wrote and co-produced the 2014 horror feature Dead Within.