“Covert Affairs: Season One” – Piper Perabo is TV’s Most Entertaining Junior Spy

Piper Perabo in spy style

Covert Affairs: Season One (Universal)

I never understood why Piper Perabo didn’t hit it big as a movie actress. Not that Coyote Ugly was any kind of masterpiece, but Perabo brought a wry personality and spunky character to a film about female waitresses famous for dancing on the bar for the (mostly) male patrons. She’s funny, energetic, sexy, smart, and better than almost any film she has appeared in, beginning with the one-two punch of Coyote Ugly and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle in 2000.

Covert Affairs, a stylish, small-scale spy TV lite series created for the USA channel by Chris Ord and Matt Corman and backed by executive producer Doug Liman, is a lively and lightweight series and a terrific showcase for Perabo. Annie Walker is a talented CIA recruit who is pulled out of training for an assignment that needs her linguistic skills (turns out she has a gift for languages and speaks a half dozen fluently) and proves her ability to improvise under pressure. So she becomes the resident junior agent at HQ, working with intel veteran Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham from Ugly Betty), a former field agent who was blinded on a mission and now serves as Annie’s handler (he’s the master of the Braille computer) and office confidante, under unit head Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett), trying to hold her team together while under attack in company politics.

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Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

2 thoughts on ““Covert Affairs: Season One” – Piper Perabo is TV’s Most Entertaining Junior Spy”

  1. Piper is great – – but you forgot her best movie: Lost and Delirious. After her stunning performance as Paulie, I can’t understand why she did not become an ‘A List’ performer. It is nice seeing her in Covert Affairs regularly!

  2. I agree, “Lost and Delirious” is one of her best films, but this a small Canadian production received almost no American distribution so it remains unknown to most people. BTW, her co-star in that film, Jessica Pare, is now starring in one of the best TV shows around: “Mad Men.”

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