USA's hit original international spy drama series, Covert Affairs, has received a 16-episode fifth season renewal order. The series was one of summer's top 10 cable scripted shows, with nearly 4 million total viewers P2+ (3.955MM).
Here's what USA Network president Chris McCumber had to say about the renewal.
"No other series on television travels the globe to tell a story like Covert Affairs, and we are pleased to bring it back for another season. With its intricate storytelling, diverse characters and authentic locations, the series continues to be a cornerstone in our line-up of USA's original signature dramas."
The critically-acclaimed spy drama series stars Golden Globe-nominated Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly, Beverly Hills Chihuahua), as Annie Walker, a young CIA operative whose exceptional linguistic skills and killer instinct make her invaluable to the Agency. As the fourth season continues, we find an emboldened Annie Walker emerging from the life she once knew. Now, she's a spy operating off the grid without ties to her agency or the support of her beloved handler, Auggie (Christopher Gorham of Ugly Betty, Jake 2.0). Annie knows that tying Henry Wilcox (guest star Gregory Itzin) to the disastrous attack in Copenhagen is the best way to bring him down and that's exactly what she aims to do. The series also stars Kari Matchett (Invasion, Leverage), Peter Gallagher (The O.C., American Beauty) and Hill Harper (CSI: NY). In addition to Michelle Ryan and Zuleikha Robinson, guest stars for the remainder of the season include Seeta Indrani, Richard Short, Mike Dopud, Jonathan Togo and Emma Fitzpatrick. International shooting locations this season have included Medellín, Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Grand Bahama Island and Geneva. This season, Christopher Gorham will direct episode 414.
From Universal Cable Productions, Covert Affairs was created, written and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, and is executive produced by Doug Liman (Suits, the Bourne trilogy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Dave Bartis (Suits, The O.C.) and Gene Klein (Suits) through Hypnotic. Stephen Kay (Sons of Anarchy) and Sean Ryerson (Knight Rider) also serve as executive producers.
Leading up to the return of Covert Affairs, fans can watch the first ten episodes of the current season on VOD and use their mobile devices to access exclusive second screen content on USA Sync at Sync.USANetwork.com. They can also join the immersive online adventure "Sights Unseen: Auggie Undercover." The series gives them a glimpse into Auggie's past, prior to losing his sight and explores his affair with Russian hacker Natasha (Liane Balaban). Fans can get started by logging on to SightUnseen.USANetwork.com via their desktop or tablet. After watching each of the webisodes, users can play a variety of mini-games designed to test their spy skills.