Piper Perabo stars in the new tv series for the USA network called "Covert Affiars." She plays Annie Walker on the show. Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Anne Dudek, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Peter Gallagher also star in the show.%0D\
The show seems to be very popular right now because it''s getting great reviews. Let''s talk about the show on here.%0D\
Any gossip information? Behind the scenes stuff, etc.
It''s not bad, but for a show that supposedly takes place in DC it''s hilarious that they never bother to disguise the Toronto shooting location better.
Giant Bay St. signs amid the skyscrapers
Cheap production, OK scripts, terrific cast. Par for the USA course.
It looks like an Alias ripoff.
Good cast terrible dialogue = painful viewing.
Were you saying something, OP? I was too busy watching Oded Fehr.%0D\
Why isn''t HE the star of this series?
Will Anne Dudek ever have any scenes that are not in the kitchen making breakfast? \
Will Christopher Gorham''s character ever be revealed not to be really blind?
I wish I knew, r7.
I hope not. I hate Ann Dudek. Christopher Gorham is very attractive and I''m glad he''s been featured more in later episodes. So is the guy who was on Heroes. He''s a looker as well. \
The initial scripts were weak, but they are improving fast.
Piper Perabo has been a DL punching bag for years. Glad to see she''s finally found some success.
Once you get past the gaping thematic hole of a unit of the CIA doing domestic reconnaissance (which the CIA *does not do ever*), it''s not bad. \
It''s obviously produced in Canada; maybe it''s written by Canadians who don''t realize this.
It''s a decent show.
How long before Piper goes ''undercover lesbian''? That episode I''ll watch.
I don''t think the show will ever go that route, r13.
I wish the show was more interesting. I like Piper.
I do believe the show will get better in time.
Really cheap looking. I think it was last week when they were supposed to be in Switzerland, and they didn''t even try to make it look European, much less Swiss.
[quote]which the CIA *does not do ever*%0D\
So they say.
I think Piper Perabo made the right choice at the right time to star in a tv show. For such a very long time Piper was an indie actress. Does anyone think that Covert Affairs will turn her into a mainstream actress?
She was very effective in the little-seen horror flick "Carriers" last year, and also very good in "The Prestige."%0D\
I''ve nearly forgiven her for "Coyote Ugly."
I loved her in "Imagine Me & You."
OP: Just curious--are you also the "Castle" troll? Fess up!
Who''s her gf?
No, I''m not the "Castle" troll, r23. Why did you ask?
Just a similar writing style, the graciousness to acknowledge the entire supporting cast, and an ovearll upbeat tone. Reminded me of the "Castle" thread.
I love the show, never miss it. I've always like Piper as well. Hope it sticks around.
Not sure if they are still together but her gf used to be I think her manager.
I thought the same thing about Auggie, wondered if it would be found out that he wasn't really blind and that he's undercover himself there but I don't think so.
They've tried to cover that about CIA vs. FBI and their jurisdictions a couple of times so they are aware of it and work in an explanation as to why they are doing it.
Who do you think is leaking the information to the newspaper reporter? I was thinking it's the head of the agency, he seemed to have a lot of chemistry with the reporter and seemed to be flirting with her and visa versa. Of course he might have just been trying to be charming so she would reveal her source.
I kept going through motives - Auggie because of what happened to him. He's working with the agent who went rogue. The son of the former agency head because of how his father conducted his business. The wife, still working on her motive.
It''s getting better. I watch it for Piper because she is so damn adorable and I love her hair and how she looks in suits. But the older blonde woman (the one who plays Peter Gallagher''s wife) is hot!!! %0D\
I would love it if Lena Headey did a guest appearance!
This thread reads like a media focus group.
I watched the first episode because I generally like the shows on USA. I am also in love with Chris Gorham (from his "Popular" days, natch), but I just couldn''t get past his character''s blindness. Call me shallow, but his eyes are half of his appeal. Anyway, the show itself wasn''t good enough to merit a second viewing. \
I kept thinking Piper Perabo was an Olympic athlete at one time. I''m pretty sure I was thinking of Picabo Street, though.
The director must love Gorham''s crotch. Every episode I''ve seen has had at least one lingering close-up of his package.
Gorham also doesn''t play blind very well. I am hoping somewhere down the line his character gets his sight back. Piper''s mouth is fun to watch.
Piper Perabo is not gay just because she has played gay in the movies. That is all.
She was with Tina Thor for like a decade.
[quote] In 2008 Anjelah was caught by paparazzi at an LA women-only bar with longtime companion Piper Perabo. Piper who was apparently very drunk, was photographed passionately kissing Johnson, and then proceeded to tell photographers that Anjelah, "is my partner, my lover, my soul mate." Johnson quickly hustled Piper into a waiting limo and the next day publicists for both women issued press reports indicating that the whole thing was a "silly joke at the expense of the paparazzi." However, the two women continue to be seen together almost exclusively, and according to reports frequently stay at the others home.
Personally I find the show a bit dull, but still watch it because of Gorham. I liked that the latest one mentioned his military unit he belonged to before he got blind. Wonder if the show will have flashbacks?\
Apart from SiFi''s Haven (with delish Eric Balfour) and ACB''s The Gates I didn''t stuck with any of the new shows this year.
[quote]It's not bad, but for a show that supposedly takes place in DC it's hilarious that they never bother to disguise the Toronto shooting location better.
They appear to be rectifying that to some extent. I know they had sent a second unit to film in D.C., but this week's ep had actual scenes shot near the Capitol and along the Potomac. But yes, obviously most of it is still done in Toronto.
[quote]Once you get past the gaping thematic hole of a unit of the CIA doing domestic reconnaissance (which the CIA *does not do ever*), it's not bad.
I don't have a problem with this premise. There's been interagency tension between the FBI and CIA for decades, and in today's post-9/11 world with the real likelihood of foreign attacks on U.S. soil (which has happened only once since the Revolutionary War, at Pearl Harbor), I can see the CIA setting up a Domestic Protection Division to follow-up within the U.S. on terrorist activity initially taking place overseas. This also allows for the FBI to get pissy and insist on sending Dr. Suresh in to monitor them.
Btw no comment on the previews for next week? Chris Gorham has a fucking SMOKIN' bod (which we get to see shirtless and wet, emerging from the shower), and next week is all about him getting it on with his ex. Also, the comment upthread about this being a cheap "Alias" ripoff aren't entirely unfounded. The weakest part of "Alias" was its insistence the first couple of seasons of focusing on Sydney's boring home life. Now, if "Covert Affairs" can pull an "Alias" and off Annie's sister, then replace her with one genetically identical (as they did on "Alias" with Francie, leading to one of the most memorable bitchfights in television history), then things could get interesting!
OP, Piper was introduced to the public as a mainstream actress and ''The Next Julia Roberts" when COYOTE UGLY was released 10 years ago.%0D\
However, Piper is not good enough to be a leading actress in films. She''s even the weakest link on COVERT AFFAIRS.%0D\
I think she does a good job at playing vulnerable but tough. I would love it if she was gay.
I like this better than White Collar, but not as much as the Angie Harmon show.\
And Chris is great! I think his character and Piper''s character, would be really cute together.
I haven''t watched the show but they were filming next door to where I live in The Distillery the other week. Apparently it was a scene set in London and the production was using a number of right hand drive cars.
[quote] and in today''s post-9/11 world with the real likelihood of foreign attacks on U.S. soil (which has happened only once since the Revolutionary War, at Pearl Harbor)\
Just off the top of my head: the British burned down the White House once, and the World Trade Center was bombed almost a decade before 9/11.
R45, I auditioned for ''chimney sweep #3''; it''s low budget.
Say, ''Oy! Fit Builder!'' Now, jump over an imaginary stick!
I think Chris does a good job of being blind. I too think they make a cute couple.
I just read on TMZ that Piper was hurt on the set of Covert Affairs (knee injury) but that she''ll make a full recovery.
[quote]Just off the top of my head: the British burned down the White House once, and the World Trade Center was bombed almost a decade before 9/11.\
I believe the British burned the White House long before then, and the ''93 WTC attack was a failure.
Thanks for the info, r42.
Here''s an interview video with Piper Perabo & Chris Gorham promoting the show.
Peter Gallagher and Kari Matchett work well together.
I agree r53 and what a complicated relationship their characters have.
Piper and Chris work well together also.
Will anybody be watching the next episode on Tuesday night?
I plan on it, I will watch it till it goes off the air. Love the show, love Piper.
[quote]Peter Gallagher and Kari Matchett work well together.\
Agreed, but I''m wondering why he has Special Guest Star status and isn''t a series regular. Particularly given that his mentor is none other than former "24" President Charles Logan, quite possibly the most despicable character in that series'' history (and I think it''s already clear that he''s going to be a baddie on this show, too), I''m wondering if some scandalous shit is in the works for him later this season.
Who watched last night''s episode?
I watched it. I thought it was the best one yet despite the plot holes and lack of Piper. I think Auggie is faking being blind.
I thought it was a great episode too, r62.%0D\
Why do you think he''s faking being blind?
I heard her name before but I never knew who the heck Piper Perabo was. I saw a bit of the marathon and I just don''t find her atractive enough to carry the show.%0D\
I like everyone else in the cast but her.
[quote] Why do you think he''s faking being blind?\
We saw him run two ops during the episode, I don''t think it''s stretch that he''s running an op on the CIA. And I felt like he really looked at Nadia on the train. Also, how would a blind guy be able to pull someone out of the way of a speeding car coming right at them?
Good point, r65.
Like the latest Auggie centric episode very much. I, too hope that Auggie gets his eye sight back (either being revealed he never was blind in the first place or through some medical procedure).
Another great point, r67.
Looks like many of us are on the same page about Auggie.\
I missed most of the first episode, and didn''t even know he was blind until I watched a few more shows!
Piper has gotten better with her character since the show started. Annie Walker is a great character for her to play.
[quote]Also, how would a blind guy be able to pull someone out of the way of a speeding car coming right at them?\
The other senses of blind people are invariably heightened to compensate for a lack of sight. If you watch that scene closely, you''ll notice that Auggie didn''t see the car, but rather heard its squealing wheels behind him and knew it was headed right towards them. I seriously doubt he''s "faking it," but I too wouldn''t mind a future ep where he gets his sight back through some miracle new procedure.
Did anyone get to see that picture, R35? I did a quick google search and couldn''t find it.%0D\
I could believe kissing your friend just to rile up the paparazzi, but doing so in a lesbian bar? Why would two "straight" women even go in there?
I wish I knew, r73.
I can''t wait for the next episode. I believe that would be a great one.
They''re trying to pair Piper up with the super queeny guy and the lack of chemistry is ridiculous.
R78, I don''t think Sendhil Ramamurthy comes off as "queeny" in the least. He''s Indian sex on a stick! I think it''s stupider that they''re trying to pass him off as biracial/half-white, actually. He comes off as a last-minute add being inserted into a role designed for a white actor (which is almost certainly true - he wasn''t in the pilot, and he couldn''t have been formally added to the show until NBC canceled "Heroes" in May and released him from his contract).
The last two episodes have been really good.%0D\
I hope that Annie/Auggie is endgame.
Rewatch his scene with Piper early in the episode when they''re walking together outside the house. He''s flaming. And she''s whatever the lesbian equivalent of that is. They''re a ridiculous pairing.
Anyone watching the new season? I thought the first episode was very well done.
I saw it...the spy vs spy vs spy thing gets confusing sometimes.
I like Annie...but the relationship with Augie leaves me cold.
"Once you get past the gaping thematic hole of a unit of the CIA doing domestic reconnaissance (which the CIA *does not do ever*...
The CIA has been working with the NYPD for years.
This is is illegal and wrong, but when has that stopped the government?
So I take it that Arthur really didn't have an affair but needs to resign for another reason? The actor who plays Henry Wilcox does a great job in playing the menace.
I don't buy the Auggie-Annie relationship.
Me neither (wink, wink).
So who's Piper's gf???
I think Wilcox is targeting Arthur's secret son because he wants "a son for a son" as retribution for Jai's death.
with Sendhil off the show, I stopped watching. He was my only reason to watch as he's just so gorgeous and hot.
First 2 seasons was that ridiculous no gun policy. She's always too far to be hit by bullets and able to get away...or so close that she incapacitates the bad guy(s) then simply leaves the gun lying on the ground. Sometimes the bad guy gets a 2nd wind, gets the gun again and shoots at her.
I said FINALLY, she's armed. Then they start in teasing the Auggie relationship. Because you must force a romance on these law enforcement/spy shows. It's Olivia/Elliot all over again. Now the couple who really had the chemistry got zilch. It's corny and predictable. The Simon thing was cool but then they kill him off and double down on the Auggie flirtation. They make it seem like she has no judgment when it comes to men. There's more drama now than actual suspense and twists. They have 3 more episodes to impress me, then I'm jumping ship.
Typically, Annie's character would have gone right to Joan and Arthur with anything like this. Instead, they have her traipsing to Columbia with Auggie who knew that the Puma was Arthur's son. Why not just tell Annie beforehand like he's always done? Suspense is one thing, but silly drama is another. This show better improve.
The whole, "I am a CIA op and don't have a gun" thing was so stupid.
And why make Joan pregnant? Why not show her as a strong 40-year old woman and put her out in the field with Annie on a few episodes?
I think the Annie and Auggie relationship lacks chemistry. They should have had them sleep together one night and then go back to being just friends.
I've seen Piper in person and her ass......... Holy shit it's a work of art.
R95... More please
Really, R95? I have to say I'm jealous because she is gorgeous. I hope the rumors of her being gay are correct.
so glad they got rid of the theme song, it was horrible.
"And she's whatever the lesbian equivalent of that is."
Why isn't there a term for this?
It's interesting that Kari Matchett is pregnant in real life (no mention of a partner).
R97 Her ass was made for sitting on faces good god
I just don't want the writers to make Annie's character too dependent upon Auggie. I hope they keep her kick ass attitude.
Gorham has a body to die for - any chance he plays for our team?
Nope, he's married to a woman, R103.
Yeah, he's popping out a lot of kids, but damn he is great eye candy.
Great episode last night! I loved how Annie kicked that guy's ass. But I feel that Henry knows that she followed him and that he's playing her. On another note, I think Piper Perabo has great hair.
Did anyone else think that it was weird that the guy who fell into the water actually died? It didn't look that much of a distance from where he was hanging on to the water.
THanks to whomever bumped this thread from 2010! I am SO happy to find posters who agree with me that the Annie/Auggie pairing is dull. Chris Gorham is cute but WAY too skinny, I think. I'm a straight chick but I tell ya, I have a girl crush on Kari Matchett! And also had on Sarah Clarke when she played...Nina? something like that; evil character who killed Simon.
Love Gregory Itzin; wonder what his character is really up to, though...every so often I wonder (with nothing to back it up)if HE had his own son, Jai, killed...
I do like how they're making Arthur's character more human. But they have to get the Auggie character out of the field. It's ridiculous.
Anyone see this week's episode? The previews for next week are interesting as they show Auggie and Teo talking to each other.
R108, I don't think he died.
I like Auggie, I hope he gets his sight back somehow!
I would love to know what was in those pictures that Joan slipped to the older woman senator (Pearson, was it?) at the hearing for her confirmation. It seemed to be something nudie/porno-esque, which truly boggles the mind, considering her age!
R 113, I think they were photos of her and Henry Wilcox.
I agree, R 112, I don't think he's dead, either.
I wish Annie's sister would make an appearance. I liked her character.
Is there a reason why they are writing Kari Matchett's pregnancy into the show? Couldn't they have just shot her at different angles?
I wish Piper Perabo would just come out of the closet. Enough already! And for anyone who doubts that she's gay, why isn't she married or at least dating someone by this point? I will give her credit, however, for not bearding with anyone.
She's not coming out of the closet any time soon since she's on a hit show and she's one of the producers now.
Piper was asked on WWHL if she ever dipped in the lady pond. She didn't answer.
Peter Gallagher is so hot.
R118 what is wwhl? Link?
I'm pretty sure Piper is gay. But get why she's not coming out. At least she's from the Jodie Foster school and doesn't seem to beard. Just is "private".
She's almost 40, she's gorgeous, and she isn't already dating a guy....soooo gay!
I loved her in "Imagine You and Me." Very sweet film.
I wonder how she felt watching Mandy Moore and Lauren Graham in underwear.
Not as good as they felt seeing Piper in her undies.
[quote]I think Wilcox is targeting Arthur's secret son because he wants "a son for a son" as retribution for Jai's death.
R89, who wrote that on 7/18, is quite the perceptive prophet.
I agree re. those who don't see much romantic chemistry between Annie and Auggie. IMO, Annie has always had the most chemistry on the show with Ayal, as far as romantic pairings go. I'm disappointed not to see him on this season so far, even though I guess it doesn't really fit with their storyline.
[quote]And why make Joan pregnant?
As others have mentioned, the actress was/is pregnant in real life. I can see why they decided to write it in if they wanted to keep the character on the show as her pregnancy progresses. It gets increasingly difficult to 'shoot around' a pregnant actress if you are going to keep her filming into the second and third trimesters. I find it far less distracting for it to be part of the storyline like this. And the pregnancy storyline isn't bothering me in this instance; they're not making it too much of a big thing.
I think Teo is working with Henry and that is how Henry found out about the safehouse and killed those people.
And what did he do to Joan that made her tell Arthur that it was time to come home?
I've never actually watched the show but maybe I should start. They're constantly filming scenes in my neighbourhood.
138 how close do you live to lakeshore? I remember seeing signs around when they were filming in Port Credit, but I've seen every episode of the show this far, and I can't tell wtf they were filming there!
I live in etobicoke, spending my summer in cookstown though.
I live in The Distillery and they were filming here last week. Also today along The Esplanade.
Do they also film quite a lot of scenes on location, including in DC, or just have the best CGI ever?
It seems as if they shoot in Vancouver and just use exteriors of DC. I think they do a good job of blending the two.
I wonder how many more seasons does the show have.
The show is getting good ratings so I imagine it could go on for another couple of years. And if she's now a producer, that means more money for her.
Fourth episode in and I just don't buy the Auggie-Annie thing. And Hill Harper's teeth are annoying.
Glad the episode was shot on location in Vienna and not on some sound stage in Toronto.
So Piper Perabo is now engaged to a producer of Covert Affairs, Steven Kay? Who is she fooling???
Is Piper Perabo in Convert Affairs or am I thinking of a different show? Who was in Alias? I think Jenny Garner was in Nikita and then Piper Perabo was also in Alias. Yep, that's it. Is it a great show or what?
Piper is on Covert Affairs and is gay as the day is long regardless of who she's engaged to.
I have no respect for anyone who is still in the closet and who has to beard.
I didn't know Anne Dudek was in this.
Just watched the pilot. Seems rather unbelievable but fun.
Seasons 3 and 4 are the best so keep watching, R157. It'll be worth it.
I always thought she was gay. She's not? Really?
She has great presence.
Loved her since Coyote Ugly. She has great facial expressions.
Yes, she does R161
And that caboose...if I ever considered trying women, she might be the one to make me do it!