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‘Covert Affairs’ Taps ‘Fargo’ Thesp Shawn Doyle in Recurring Role

29 July 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

USA Network’s “Covert Affairs” has cast Shawn Doyle in a recurring season five guest role, Variety has learned exclusively.

Doyle will appear as Aleksandre Belenko, a Georgian diplomat educated in the U.S. and celebrated for his work with charitable organizations worldwide. Despite his reputation as a charismatic humanitarian, Annie (Piper Perabo) senses Belenko may have more sinister intentions.

Doyle recently appeared in FX’s “Fargo” as police chief Vern Thurman. He has also recurred and made guest appearances on “Hannibal,” “Vegas,” “Lost Girl,” “Reign” and “24,” and is perhaps best known for his role as Joey Henrickson on “Big Love.”

Season five of the spy series picks up after CIA operative Annie Walker fakes her death, alters her identity and goes deep undercover in the streets of Hong Kong to defeat her most cunning opponent, Henry Wilcox (guest star Gregory Itzin). The new season examines the price Annie will »

- Laura Prudom

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‘Covert Affairs’ Season 5 Premiere: Showrunners Preview Annie’s Secrets, New Love Interests

24 June 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Covert Affairs” returns to USA with its season five premiere on June 24, and the Dpd is a markedly different place following the events of the season four finale. After killing the traitorous Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin), super spy Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) has been Mia for four months, leaving her former lover and handler Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham) in the dark about her movements. When she finally resurfaces, the CIA has more than a few questions about her time out in the cold, but Annie’s answers may not be forthcoming, leading to friction between the troubled operative and her agency.

Variety spoke to executive producers Chris Ord and Matt Corman about the secrets Annie may be hiding, her on again/off again romance with Auggie, and the new love interests the pair may acquire over the course of the season. Read on for more.

Last season took Annie down »

- Laura Prudom

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Film Review: ‘Small Time’

20 April 2014 9:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joel Surnow, co-creator of “24,” steps away from guiding Jack Bauer in saving the country to examine one tiny corner of it in “Small Time,” his aptly named bigscreen directorial debut, featuring a fine cast that’s logged plenty time on the TV beat. A warm-hearted coming-of-age family drama grafted onto a comic buddy pic, the film focuses on a used-car dealer whose son joins him on the lot after graduating from high school, to the dismay of the ex-wife he still has feelings for. Hamstrung narratively by third-act longueurs and limited theatrically by a bizarre R rating that shuts out its natural family audience, the movie will find customers on the smallscreen, where Starz-owned distributor Anchor Bay figures to have a ready customer.

A pre-credits sequence establishes Al Klein (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as a caring father, while defining the relationship between Al and business partner Ash Martini (Dean Norris, »

- Bill Edelstein

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Mob City: TNT Series Cancelled, No Second Season

10 February 2014 10:27 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

There won't be a second season for Mob City. TNT has cancelled the Frank Darabont series after a short season of six episodes.

Just 2.3 million watched the first two hours and only 1.4 million watched in weeks two and three.

A statement from the cable channel reads, "Mob City was created as a three-week television event and we are incredibly proud of the six hours we presented of this remarkable drama... Although the ratings of the limited series haven’t warranted more hours we are eager to work with Frank Darabont again and were delighted to bring the vibrant world of Mob City to life.”

Based on the book titled L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, the 1940s set drama features the talents of Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, Alexa Davalos, Jeffrey DeMunn, Gregory Itzin, »


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