Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in one of those teleconference Q&A’s that are becoming a way to connect networks and shows to a grassroots audience – in this case, with creator and executive producer of USA’s White Collar [9/8C], Jeff Eastin.
The witty, offbeat series is just into its second season, and Eastin talked with the usual gang of bloggers/journos about what to expect in terms of story, character development and how he and his writing team create worthy adversaries for the FBI/con artist team of Peter Burke and Neal Caffrey.
As you might expect from executive producer Doug Liman, USA’s new series, Covert Affairs [Tuesdays, 10/9C], is a high-tempo ride that somehow manages to maintain a solid balance between character and action. Premiering after White Collar’s second season opener, Affairs introduces rookie CIA agent Annie Walker [Piper Perabo] – a gung ho trainee who is smart, uniquely attractive, speaks six languages and knows a fair amount of Krav Maga.
In the first season finale of White Collar [USA, Tuesdays, 9/8C], master con artist Neal Caffrey [Matt Bomer], caught between running away with his one true love, Kate, and giving up the life of a con on the lam, hesitated – and an explosion destroyed his getaway plane, killing Kate.
It’s no surprise, then, that in this evening’s second season premiere, Withdrawal, Neal, once more behind bars [however temporarily], has vengeance on his mind. Fortunately, he doesn’t have break out of jail [again] because good old FBI Special Agent Peter Burke [Tim DeKay] gets him back on the street to help nail a phantom bank robber known only as The Architect.
USA’s new spy series, Covert Affairs [Tuesdays, 10/9C] channels the world of espionage through what some have called “USA’s blue sky filter” – resulting in a fast-paced dramedy with roots in the details of the real CIA and the flights of action film imagination that spawned the James Bond and Jason Bourne films.
Covert Affairs is particularly notable for casting Piper Perabo, who has worked almost exclusively in film [give or take a guest star role on House] for a little better than a decade. Perabo kindly took some time to speak with a number of bloggers/journalists between adhering to her hectic shooting schedule and a meeting with executive producer, Doug Liman.
Wherever they go, White Collar’s [USA, Tuesdays, 9/8C] FBI Special Agent Peter Burke [Tim DeKay] and con man “consultant” Neal Caffrey [Matt Bomer] are the smartest guys in the room. This season starts off with one of the pair’s biggest challenges in a character called The Architect.
The comedy team of Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay [who joined us in progress] sat in on a truncated teleconference Q&A [when they have to be onset, they have to be onset] to talk about White Collar’s second season.
When USA’s Covert Affairs [Tuesdays, 10/9C] premieres on July 13th, it will mark the beginning of what should be a long and fruitful partnership between series executive producer Doug Liman [The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The OC] and the network. Liman took time out of his busy schedule to participate in a teleconference Q&A session to discuss his new series.
USA’s latest riff on an underserved TV genre is Covert Affairs [premieres Tuesday, July 13th] from Executive Producers Doug Liman [The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The OC] and Dave Bartis [The OC] – a fast-paced, relatively lighthearted action/adventure series set in the world of espionage.
Peter Gallagher [The OC, Californication], featured as Andrew Campbell, Director of Clandestine Affairs, chatted with a number of bloggers/journalists about the series.
Following the strangest cliffhanger of the series to date, Michael Weston finds himself in a brand new situation in tomorrow’s fourth season premiere of Burn Notice, Friends and Enemies [USA, 9/8C]. That posh library in the middle of a very secure prison leads to a real game changer for everyone’s favorite burnt spy!
With the June 3rd second season premiere of Royal Pains [USA, Thursdays, 10/9C] fast approaching, series Creator/Executive Producer Andrew Lenchewski and Executive Producer Michael Rauch took part in a teleconference Q&A session to discuss the new season.
In the aftermath of Burn Notice’s [tonight, USA, 10/9C] third summer finale, things have gone south, once again, for Michael Westen [Jeffrey Donovan]. With the death of his CIA contact, Diego, the plan to unburn him has gone away, and he’s left tending to the wound Fiona [Gabrielle Anwar] sustained as she and Michael dealt with the threat to her life that was posed by her former associates in the IRA.
Now, the injured Fiona has taken a job to help a widow and her son get out of an insurance scam [and we all remember how Fi feels about those who exploit children…]. At the same time as Michael and Sam are trying to find Diego’s killer, Fi brings them in on her gig – action, explosions and dramedy ensue.
Adrian Monk found his late wife Trudy’s killer in the two-part conclusion to USA’s eight-season wonder, Monk. Then, after a bit of pondering his wife’s killer’s last words, he discovered that Trudy’s daughter was still alive. [That won’t make sense to anyone who hasn’t followed Monk, but this column isn’t for you, anyway.]