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Piper Perabo by Wolfworks2008

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8:00pm One Tree Hill CW – Season Premiere.

9:00pm Covert Affairs USA – Annie needs to be recruited by smugglers; Arthur and Joan must bring Henry Wilcox back into the fold.

9:00pm Life Unexpected CW – Season Premiere.

9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy – Mrs. Frederic becomes ill and Pete, Myka and H.G race to save her.

10:00pm Parenthood NBC – Season Premiere. Adam is overwhelmed with increasing demands from his boss (William Baldwin) and family needs; Sarah searches for a career path

10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX – To get intel on Abel's whereabouts, Jax and the club help a bounty hunter track down a skip; Gemma deals with her family issues.

10:00pm The Colony Discovery – VOPA returns, leading to contact with loved ones; a pending attack starts the colonists on the path to escape.

10:00pm Covert Affairs USA – Annie is forced to confront her past when Ben Mercer walks into CIA Headquarters.

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS – Actor Ken Jeong; musician Juan Luis Guerra; Enrique Iglesias performs.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central – Former British PM Tony Blair

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC – Actor Dax Shepard; actress Joanna Garcia; Brandon Flowers performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS – Actress Kristen Bell; Sarah McLachlan performs

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC – Actor Justin Long; a performance from Broadway's “Promises, Promises”; fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.

Peter Krause speaks about “Parenthood”:

Dax Shepard speaks about “Parenthood”:

Here’s some Live+7 data for the USA Network shows the week ending August 15.  These comparisons all show lift versus the Live+SD #s we usually report (many networks  compare the lift versus pure live viewing which never gets reported anywhere).  The gains for the USA shows, particular with 18-49 and 25-54 are pretty impressive.

White Collar’s L7 lifts (“Unfinished Business”) on 8/10 were appx 50%, up from last week’s 40% levels.

*       P18-49: +48% going from 1439 to 2130.

*       P25-54: +51%, from 1473 to 2218.

*       P2+: +33%, from 3997 to 5323.

*       P18-34: +39% from 734 to 1019.

L7 Lift for Covert Affairs on 8/10 (“In the Light”) grew from mid-high 30% to mid-high 40%. In L7, P2+ was a series high while in all other demos it’s 2nd best for the series.

*       P18-49: +46% going from 2044 to 2991.

*       P25-54: +48%, from 2166 to 3201.

*       P2+: +37%, from 5168 to 7092.

*       P18-34: +43% from 937 to 1341.

Psych on 8/11 (“Sean & Gus in Drag”) saw Live+7 lifts of appx 40%

*       P18-49: +44% going from 1738 to 2495.

*       P25-54: +40%, from 1774 to 2492.

*       P2+: +34%, from 3775 to 5072.

*       P18-34: +37% from 907 to 1240.

For Burn Notice on Thu 8/12 (“Hard Time”) Live+7 lifts were 40-50% for the key demos

*       P18-49: +47% going from 2011 to 2953

*       P25-54: +39%, from 2352 to 3277

*       P2+: +29%, from 5574 to 7174

*       P18-34: +53% from 873 to 1333

Lifts for Royal Pains on Thu 8/12 (“Whole Lotto Love”) were back up to the mid-40s in 18-49 and around 40% on P25-54

*       P18-49: +46% going from 2118 to 3088

*       P25-54: +41%, from 2518 to 3553

*       P2+: +36%, from 5386 to 7324

*       P18-34: +39% from 990 to 1378

For the same week, The Closer saw a 30% lift with adults 18-49 vs. its Live+SD numbers, Rizzoli & Isles and Memphis Beat each saw 33% lift.  Hawthorne for some reason only saw 12% lift that week with adults 18-49, but Dark Blue saw 49% lift.

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Christopher Gorham by neontrees18

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“What kind of cryptic nonsense is that?,” asks Annie (Piper Perabo) on Tuesday night's (Aug. 31) “Covert Affairs.”

Yeah, that's what we'd like to know.

Spoiler alert! Watch the episode “What is and What Should Never Be” before proceeding further.

As “Covert's” summer run begins to wind up, we turn from Auggie (Christopher Gorham) to Annie, delving into her character more. While there's still a bit of that “operation of the week” feel, there's one major change in her life: Ben Mercer (Eion Bailey) is back.

Well, we always knew he was around. Joan (Kari Matchett) and Arthur (Peter Gallager) knew he was around. Shoot, maybe Annie's sister (Anne Dudek) even knew it. The difference is, Annie only found out for certain last night that he was alive and meddling.

We have to say, we wish he stayed away. Well … okay, we're going to amend that. Part of us is happy that Ben is back. We're not thrilled with these unattainable off-screen loves (like Neal and Kate on “White Collar”). They just serve to put the protagonist in limbo. So yeah, it's good they didn't keep him off to the shadows that long.

What's sad is that Ben comes back and doesn't live up to that romantic vision we had of him. Don't get us wrong. Bailey is an attractive guy, but for some reason, seeing him wearing non-tropical civvies sans cowrie shell necklace, Ben seems to be lacking.

And then he comes back and lays all this mystery crap on Annie? Look Ben, you either stay gone or you come back with some definitive answers, declarative statements. Don't sphinx it up for the CIA's greenest recruit.

Also, we wanted to punch the screen at this cheesetastic point:

Ben: “Do not trust Joan and Arthur. Trust the man you fell in love with in Sri Lanka.”
(Cue music. They gaze at the goddamned cowrie shell necklace.)

Argh! Incredibly frustrating, right? Why should she trust you? At this point, we'd be happy if Annie just kept her friendship with Auggie and swore off all other men, including Jai (Sendhil Ramamurthy), for a while.

Okay, not to be too negative. We'll see how this Ben thing plays out in the last two episodes.

What we did like about the episode:

  • Auggie of course. His advice about the speakers, avoiding felonies and then admitting that he'll always cover for Annie was just too sweet.
  • Joan's people skills are hilarious. Threatening Annie with “I'd hang you out to dry” is a sure way to build up that employee trust and loyalty.
  • You can tell Annie means business this episode. Not only does her hair get mussed, but she's wearing Chucks!
  • Sophie (Sienna Guillory ) gets killed. Okay, we're not happy she died, but that killing took us totally by surprise. That was gutsy.
  • Annie's stubborn streak: She doesn't bow to the CIA nor Ben (much).

What did you think of the episode? Did you like Ben's involvement this week?

Photo credit: USA

All the training in the world, unfortunately, may not shield actors from the dangers of filming action sequences. TMZ recently reported that Perabo sustained an injury to her knee while filming the season finale, but said she was expected to make a full recovery.

This new breed of action women call to mind the quote about Ginger Rogers doing everything Fred Astaire did, but backward and in high heels. Except Ginger Rogers never found herself standing on the ledge of an elevator shaft preparing to rappel down, as Perabo recently did with guest star Oded Fehr. “Oded at least has a full man's dress heel on his shoe to stand on that tiny ledge. I've got the spike of a six-inch Louboutin—that's all I've got to hang on with. It's definitely a disadvantage to do it in heels.”

But as hazardous as those shoes are for Perabo, she's downright deadly for them. “I ruin a lot of really beautiful shoes in this show, it's kind of heartbreaking,” she laughs. “The sets we're shooting on, we're in shipping yards and running through jungles, so I carefully carry my beautiful shoes all the way to set so that they don't get scuffed. But by the end of the day it's a wrap on those shoes, they're totally trashed.”

Executive producer Doug Liman, who directed big-screen (and big-budget) spy thrillers like The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, says that scaling down the action for television hasn't posed a problem in the least. “We're applying the same rules that I brought to those bigger movies, because I don't believe the action in those movies was more successful because we spent more money than other people,” he says. “In Mr. & Mrs. Smith, we used machine guns in place of how words would be used in a marital spat. That idea could be made bigger or smaller. For Covert Affairs, when we started working on the show, we said, 'What's our action going to look like?' The first conversations weren't, you know, 'What's the biggest explosion you can do?'”

That hasn't stopped Liman from pushing the envelope when it comes to bringing action to the small screen, though. “The stunts that we did at the beginning are so small compared to what we're doing now,” Perabo says. “Because Doug is so involved, each episode gets bigger and bigger. Right now we're in the middle of the finale, and Doug keeps suggesting things for us to try and do and I'm like, 'I don't think that's physically possible!' He's so excited.”

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