Covert Affairs

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Television series
German title Covert Affairs
Original title Covert Affairs
Covert Affairs 2010 logo.svg
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 2010-2014
Universal Cable Productions ,
Hypnotic Films & Television,
Cordman Ord
length 45 minutes
pilot episode: 80 minutes
Episodes 75 in 5 seasons ( list )
genre Action ,
Theme music Can You Save Me - Power
idea Matt Corman,
Chris Ord
production Doug Liman ,
Dave Bartis,
James Parriott
First broadcast July 13, 2010 (USA) on USA Network
first broadcast
September 12, 2011 on 13th Street Universal

Covert Affairs (working title: Spy Affairs ) is an American television series on cable station USA Network that was produced between 2009 and 2014. The main roles are Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham . The series started on July 13, 2010 after White Collar .


The focus of the series is the young CIA agent Annie Walker, who has a pronounced talent for languages. After a vacation flirt in Sri Lanka, she applied to the CIA in Langley (Virginia) . But she has no idea that her flirt, Ben Mercer, is a former CIA man who has deserted the secret service. When Annie is pulled out of training into active service prematurely, she has no clue that she has become the pawn of her superiors Joan Campbell and their husband and superior Arthur Campbell, and is suddenly promoted to active service. Her superiors want to use her to get hold of her ex-boyfriend, who is involved in espionage business. Annie is supported by ex-soldier Auggie Anderson, who lost his eyesight on a previous mission . He introduces her to the CIA's investigative methods. Jai Wilcox, son of Arthur Campbell's sly predecessor Henry Wilcox, plays an obscure role.

season 3

Annie is transferred to another department where she works for Lena Smith, whose methods are very different from those of DPD. Annie is sent to Marrakech to do a security clearance on Simon Fisher. Simon seems to be very interested in Annie and the two meet in cities all over the world. Lena is very happy with Annie's work and encourages her to keep going. She then tries to convince Simon that it would be best for him to work with the CIA. The two separate, but when Annie comes home, he waits in her kitchen and asks her to go away with him because he has a lot of money on an island in the Maldives and no one would be wanted there. Annie agrees and starts packing, looking at the pictures of her nieces, she changes her mind and tells him that she can't just leave. At that moment Lena Smith comes through the door and opens fire on Simon and Annie, he manages to push Annie away first, but she is hit anyway. Lena still manages to put a wallet with a forged passport in Annie's pocket before a delivery man sees the bodies shot down through the window. Lena escapes and Annie is immediately rushed to the hospital, where the doctors do their best to keep her alive. Since Annie is unconscious, she cannot defend herself when the allegations combined with the passport lead to the assumption that she worked with Simon and is also the mole that has been causing trouble at the CIA for a long time. However, Auggie does not believe this and begins to look for the real culprit. He finds out the manufacturer of the perfectly forged passport and looks for him in a few moments after his murder. He can still hear the scent of a perfume, which ultimately leads to Lena Smith being revealed as the real mole, but she flees to Russia. Annie goes to Russia, although Joan makes it clear to her that if she is caught by the FSB, she cannot hope for support from the CIA. Annie manages to find Lena and shoots her, but the FSB is right behind her. She is captured and put in solitary confinement, where psychological violence is used to get her to speak. After some time, Eyal Lavin succeeds in freeing her, who has worked closely with Auggie, who is still in Langley, to achieve the liberation. Henry Wilcox, Jai's father, offers Annie a job to expose machinations that Arthur Campbell is apparently involved in.

Season 4

After Annie and Auggie got closer at the end of last season, the two have since become lovers. On one of the missions to Colombia, they meet Calder Michaels, the local branch manager of the CIA, and meet Teo Braga, who appears to be a leading member of the ALC and also Arthur's son. Teo works undercover for the secret service and tries to find the person responsible for his mother's death. Arthur resigns from the CIA because of an extramarital affair. Joan succeeds him and learns that she is pregnant. After Auggie moved up to Joan's previous position at the CIA, he was replaced by Calder a short time later. Joan, Arthur, Annie and Auggie initially assume that he too is working with Henry Wilcox. After an attack on a helicopter initiated by Henry, which he blames Teo, Teo is shot while trying to escape. Annie takes him to a military hospital in Germany and then follows Henry's trail to Frankfurt to collect evidence against him. The CIA treats her as a rogue agent, and both Joan and Auggie are suspended. Joan's successor is Eric Braithwaite, who at the time couldn't get over the fact that Joan had been preferred to him. Annie is supposedly shot by Calder and is finally forced to go into hiding. She lives temporarily in Geneva under the name Jessica Matthews. On an unauthorized mission to Hong Kong, she, Auggie and Calder track down Henry Wilcox there. While Auggie and Calder transport a Chinese secret agent to the USA, Annie remains on Henry's trail, but is first brought into his power. In Langley it is now clear that Braithwaite is paid by Henry and is therefore a spy in the ranks of the CIA. Henry delivers Annie to the Chinese Secret Service, from where she can escape. She tracks down Henry again and shoots him. With a boat organized by Auggie she escapes to a US aircraft carrier in the China Sea. Meanwhile, Joan gives birth to a boy in Arthur's presence and Calder Michaels takes over the position of Braithwaite at the CIA.

Season 5

Annie's former adversary, the terrorist Khalid, has appeared in Chicago, and there are indications of a terrorist attack against the Chamber of Commerce. In the course of the investigation, Annie meets Ryan McQuaid, the head of a private security company, in Chicago. When she later hunted down the terrorist Borz Altan, who was involved in the bombing in Chicago, in Venezuela, she discovered that McQuaid and his men were also there with the same goal. Meanwhile, Arthur meets with McQuaid's deputy Caitlyn Cook at home. After Altan's arrest, Annie finds out he has an informant with the CIA. When Auggie is in Paris with Annie, he turns to his ex-girlfriend Natasha Petrovna. She helps them hack a French bank. This is how they find out who is behind the attack in Chicago. It is Ivan Kravec, whose bank details expose him as the mastermind behind the attack. Meanwhile, Joan and Calder learn of a heart condition in Annie, which is why she should only work at the desk. With the help of McQuaid, she still follows a new lead behind the backs of her superiors in the search for the perpetrators of the Chicago bombing and decides to no longer work for the CIA, but for McQuaid in the future. Eventually she discovers a connection between his company and the Chicago bombing. Several former McQuaid employees belong to an organization called "Flint". Annie believes that someone set him up and that he had nothing to do with the bombing. McQuaid is on the run while the CIA searches his company and Caitlyn sends three professional killers on his heels. He ends up seriously injured in the hospital. Annie feverishly thinks about how she can neutralize the mastermind Belenko, who has since killed Caitlyn. Auggie is convinced that his old friend Tony was murdered, also by Belenko. To bring Belenko's crimes to light, Annie finds a new ally in the seedy Olga. Olga is persecuting Belenko because he has her husband on his conscience. Auggie is kidnapped by Belenko and taken away in a ship because Auggie's teammate James Deckard killed a Chechen prisoner, Belenko's brother, years ago. On their hunt for Belenko, Annie and the recovered McQuaid must secretly infiltrate Russia. After Auggie's liberation, the three go to Argentina. Deckard, who is next on Belenko's death list, is staying there.


The characters Auggie Anderson and Annie Walker are played by Christopher Gorham (left) and Piper Perabo (right).

main characters

Anne Catherine "Annie" Walker

Annie is a 28-year-old junior agent for the CIA who, due to her good performance and skills, was drafted into the field service shortly before completing her training. She speaks the languages Russian , Spanish , Portuguese , German , French , Italian , Chinese , Swedish and Turkish . She has great confidence in her blind colleague Auggie, with whom she has a deep friendship. She lived in her sister Danielle and her family's guest house until she told her sister about her real job. Danielle throws Annie out, and Annie moves into an apartment. But during the third season she is allowed to move back to the guest house because the sisters miss each other very much.

August "Auggie" Anderson

August Anderson, known as "Auggie", is a CIA agent who went blind while on a mission in Iraq . The unit led by him was lured into an ambush and the vehicle used was blown up. The rest of his unit was killed during the bombing and the shooting that followed. He introduces Annie to the investigative methods of the CIA and is largely by her side. Mostly he works as an analyst and contact for Annie, who is a great help to her from his workplace. A deep friendship develops between the two. August has four older brothers and no steady partner. In the first season he had an affair with the journalist Liza Hearn, which turned out to be an assignment. He begins a relationship with Parker, the sister of a former comrade, but the relationship doesn't work. When Joan is promoted, he briefly becomes head of DPD, but is later replaced by Calder. The relationship with Annie first seems to end when she goes into hiding, but she pays him a visit and the two continue the relationship. He sleeps once with his wife Helen, who was believed dead.

Joan Campbell

Joan Campbell is Annie's direct supervisor and mentor and heads the Domestic Protection Division (DPD). She is Arthur's wife and has three sisters. Her marriage to Arthur is not easy, as evidenced by the initial suspicion of infidelity. There are more often differences between the two, because her husband is also her superior and cannot or may not inform her about all actions. She attends couples therapy with him. At the same time, however, she puts herself in front of her own employees and knows how to influence internal politics. She gets Arthur's job after he resigns over an alleged affair. She finds out that the affair was only a bogus and learns from Arthur's son, shortly before she learns that she is pregnant. She is deeply dismayed by Annie's alleged death because she does not know that she has gone into hiding. When she finds out who is moving Henry's money, she runs into Annie and is very happy to see her. Annie asks her to organize a flight to Hong Kong for her. While Annie is fulfilling the mission to shoot Henry in Hong Kong, she gives birth to a son, Mackenzie Campbell.

Jai Wilcox

He is a CIA agent assigned to DPD by Arthur. His family has a long history with the CIA, with his father Henry previously a senior agency and the direct predecessor of Arthur Campbell. He dies in an explosion initiated by his father.

Danielle Brooks

She is the older sister of Annie, mother of twins, Chloe and Katia, and is married . She doesn't know her sister's real job - she thinks Annie works at the Smithsonian . After Annie tells her about the CIA, she throws them out of her guest house. Annie moves back in, but a little later she moves to California with her family.

Arthur Campbell

He is the CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service and Joan's husband. While working as an agent, he posed as a student in Berlin towards the end of the 1980s in order to collect internal information about the Stasi .

Ryan McQuaid

A former soldier who turned billionaire starting a private security firm and developing a complex relationship with Annie.

Minor characters

Ben Mercer

He is Annie's ex-boyfriend and a CIA agent who works primarily for Arthur.

Henry Wilcox

He is the former CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service and Jai's father. He's the mastermind behind the eviction of Arthur and later Joan, Auggie and Annie. He commissioned the car bomb that killed his own son and the death of Arthur's son, Teo. He's working closely with the Chinese and it turns out he stole about $ 200 million from the CIA. After a hunt around the world, Annie manages to shoot him in Hong Kong.

Liza Hearn

She is a journalist determined to publish several harmful articles about the CIA. Finding sources for their information is one of the main storylines of season one.

Lena Smith

She is Annie's future boss and the mole in the CIA. She is also a double agent for the FSB and, after being exposed, flees to Russia, where she is shot by Annie.

Eyal Lavin

He is an agent at the Mossad and works with Annie several times over all seasons, the two save each other's lives several times and maintain a very friendly relationship. In season four, he acquires the new identity of Jessica Matthews for Annie after everyone thinks she was shot.

Simon Fisher

He is a company that has his hands in illegal business, Annie is put on him by Lena Smith and the two are secretly in a relationship. He is shot by Lena Smith moments after Annie tells him she can't run away with him.

Parker Rowland

She is the sister of Auggie's former comrade, Billy, who was killed. The two start a relationship and he proposes to her when he visits her at the Peace Corps in Eritrea, where they are kidnapped. At home, Parker breaks the engagement.

Helen Hanson

She is the ex-wife of Auggie, who allegedly died seven years ago, and appears again to help shadow Joan and Arthur Henry Wilcox. She and Auggie have a fuss when Annie goes into hiding. She and Annie have a strained relationship during a mission together, but she later tells Annie to hurry back because the longer you live in the dark, the harder it is to come back and that Auggie still loves her. Shortly afterwards she is shot by Henry Wilcox because he assumes she is Jessica Matthews, who is shadowing him, she admits it, even though it is not her alias. Annie finds her body shortly thereafter.


In July 2008, USA Network announced that a pilot episode entitled Covert Affairs was in development. The pilot episode was written by Matt Corman and Chris Ord. Casting began in June 2009. Piper Perabo was the first actress to be cast as CIA agent Annie Walker in early July 2009. The cast of Christopher Gorham came in late July, quickly followed by the announcement that the station had given the go-ahead for a pilot episode.

In early August 2009, Tim Matheson announced that he would be directing the pilot episode. Later occupations were Anne Dudek in mid-August , followed by Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher in early September. Eion Bailey was cast as a recurring role as Perabo's ex-boyfriend. The filming for the pilot episode began in September 2009 in Toronto .

In January 2010 there was the green light for another ten episodes, so that the first season comes to eleven episodes. Sendhil Ramamurthy joined them as a CIA agent, along with Emmanuelle Vaugier in a recurring role as a journalist . The series is being produced by executive producers Doug Liman and Dave Bartis in collaboration with Jonathan Glassner .

On September 25, 2012, USA Network extended the series for a fourth season. In early October 2013, the series was extended by a fifth season with 16 episodes. In January 2015, USA Network announced the end of the series.

Cast and dubbing

The German synchronization was for a dialogue book of Felix Swiss and the dialogue director of Gundi Eberhard in Interopa film in Berlin .

Main cast

actor role Main role Supporting role Voice actor
Piper Perabo Annie Walker 1.01-5.16 Anna Carlsson
Christopher Gorham August "Auggie" Anderson 1.01-5.16 Kim Hasper
Kari Matchett Joan Campbell 1.01-5.16 Andrea Aust
Anne Dudek Danielle Brooks 1.02-3.01 3.02-3.04, 3.09 Diana Borgwardt
Sendhil Ramamurthy Jai Wilcox 1.02-3.01 Viktor Neumann
Peter Gallagher Arthur Campbell 2.01-5.16 1.01-1.11 Peter Reinhardt
Hill Harper Calder Michaels 4.01-5.16 Julien Haggége
Nicholas Bishop Ryan McQuaid 5.01-5.16 Charles Rettinghaus

Supporting cast

actor role Supporting role Voice actor
Eion Bailey Ben Mercer 1.01, 1.05, 1.08-1.09, 1.11-2.01, 2.08 Oliver Siebeck
Emmanuelle Vaugier Liza Hearn 1.01, 1.04, 1.06-1.07, 1.09, 1.11, 2.08 Ghadah Al-Akel
Oded Fehr Eyal Lavine 1.04, 2.02, 2.13, 3.05, 3.11-3.12, 3.14-3.16, 4.10, 5.04, 5.11 Peter Flechtner
Gregory Itzin Henry Wilcox 1.05, 1.10-1.11, 2.08, 2.11, 2.15-2.16, 3.02, 3.07-3.08, 3.15-4.16 Lutz Mackensy
Dylan Taylor Eric Barber 1.07, 2.09, 2.14, 3.08-3.09, 3.14-3.15, 4.01, 4.04-4.07, 4.10-4.14, 4.16, 5.01, 5.04-5.06, 5.08, 5.10, 5.12-5.14
Devin Kelley Parker Rowland 2.12-2.13, 2.15, 3.03-3.04, 3.13 Giuliana Jakobeit
Sarah Clarke Lena Smith 3.01-3.05, 3.07-3.11 Anke Reitzenstein
Richard Coyle Simon Fischer 3.01-3.04, 3.07-3.09 Michael Iwannek
Craig Eldridge Eric Braithwaite 1.04, 2.16, 3.02, 3.11, 4.03-4.04, 4.10-4.12, 4.14-4.16 Bernd Vollbrecht
Manolo Cardona Teo Braga 4.01, 4.03-4.05, 4.08-4.09 Nico Mamone
Shawn Doyle Aleksandre Belenko 5.10-5.16 Dietmar miracle


The 90-minute, non-commercial, 80-minute pilot episode aired on July 13, 2010 on the USA Network cable channel. The first season finale was first broadcast on September 14, 2010. The second season aired on June 7th and ended on December 6th, 2011. The third season aired July 10th through November 20th, 2012 on USA Network.


In Germany, the first season was to be seen from September 12 to October 11, 2011 on the German pay-TV channel 13th Street Universal . Due to an error in the playout center, the third episode was not broadcast on September 13, 2011, but the fourth episode. For the benefit of the ongoing plot and the audience, all remaining episodes were broadcast in the correct order. The second season followed on April 12 through May 31, 2012 at 13th Street. Season 3 of Covert Affairs will air June 17, 2015 on 13th Street.

A German-language broadcast on free TV took place from February 27 to May 8, 2013 every Wednesday on RTL Nitro .


In Switzerland, the first season has been shown on the free TV broadcaster SRF Zwei since December 13, 2012 . It can be seen in the evening program in two-channel German / English. In addition, the individual episodes are available for seven days after the television broadcast in the broadcaster's media library . The broadcast of the first season ended on January 7, 2013. From January 9 to 30, 2013, the second season was broadcast. The broadcast of the third season began on April 22, 2014 and ended on May 22, 2014. From September 5 to 29, 2014, the fourth season was broadcast.


DVD and Blu-ray releases

United States
  • Season 1 was released on May 17, 2011
  • Season 2 was released on May 1, 2012
  • Season 3 was released on May 28, 2013
  • Season 4 was released on May 27, 2014
Great Britain
  • Season 1 was released on June 18, 2012
  • Season 2 was released on September 17, 2012
  • Season 3 was released on March 27, 2014
  • Season 1 was released on November 8, 2012
  • Season 2 was released on September 5, 2013
  • Season 3 was released on March 19, 2015

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Bernd Michael Krannich: Spy Affairs: Christopher Gorham next to Piper Perabo . Serial junkies . July 30, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  2. ^ Robert Seidman: Updated: "White Collar" Returns & "Covert Affairs" Debuts on Tuesday July 13th . TV by the Numbers . May 5, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  3. Bernd Michael Krannich: In July USA shows “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs” . Serial junkies . May 6, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  4. ^ USA Network Announces New Cast of Characters on its Development Slate . The Futon Critic . July 20, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  5. ^ Rainer Idesheim: Covert Affairs: USA Network before pilot order . Serial junkies . June 3, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  6. Development Update: Wednesday, June 3 . The Futon Critic . June 3, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  7. Development Update: Thursday, July 2 . The Futon Critic . July 2, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  8. ^ A b Nellie Andreeva: USA greenlights 'Covert Affairs' . The Hollywood Reporter . January 6, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  9. ^ Bernd Michael Krannich: House: Anne Dudek in the new series "Covert Affairs" . Serial junkies . August 13, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  10. a b Rick Porter: Casting call: 'White Collar,' '24, '' Covert Affairs' . Zapit . September 8, 2010. Archived from the original on August 12, 2010. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved December 14, 2010. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  11. Bernd Michael Krannich: Covert Affairs: USA Network orders eleven episodes . Serial junkies . January 7, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  12. ^ Nellie Andreeva: 'Heroes' actor cast in new USA series . Hollywood Reporter . March 8, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  13. Etan Vlessing: Emmanuelle Vaugier cast in 'Covert Affairs' . The Hollywood Reporter . May 7, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  14. Lenka Hladikova: Covert Affairs: USA Network extends the agent series for season 4 . . September 25, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  15. Nellie Andreeva: USA's 'Covert Affairs' Renewed For Fifth Season . In: . October 3, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  16. ^ Lesley Goldberg: USA's 'Covert Affairs' Canceled After Five Seasons . In: THR . January 6, 2015. Accessed October 31, 2016.
  17. ^ Covert Affairs: Authors, Producers & Production Companies as well as Dubbing Studio . Serial junkies . Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  18. Bill Gorman, “White Collar” And “Covert Affairs” Return To USA This Summer With All-New Episodes On Tuesday, June 7 . TV by the Numbers . March 17th, 2011. Archived from the original on March 21st, 2011. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved March 18, 2011. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  19. Bill Gorman: 'Covert Affairs,' 'Royal Pains,' 'Necessary Roughness' Renewed By USA . TV by the Numbers . September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  20. ^ Mariano Glas: Covert Affairs: From September at 13th Street . Serial junkies . July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  21. ^ Covert Affairs at 13th Street - see broadcaster statement in the comments section . October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  22. Covert Affairs Season 3 episode overview with broadcast dates . Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  23. ^ Covert Affairs at SFR 2 TV . Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  24. Broadcast portrait Covert Affairs at SFR . Retrieved December 17, 2012.