'Grey's Anatomy' producer joins USA series

James Parriott will serve as exec producer on 'Covert Affairs'

On the heels of USA Network's pickup of "Covert Affairs" to series, veteran showrunner James Parriott has joined the spy drama as an executive producer.

"Covert," from Universal Cable Prods., stars Piper Perabo as Annie Walker, a multilingual CIA trainee unexpectedly promoted to field operative while reeling over a mysterious ex-boyfriend who appears to be of particular interest to her agency bosses.

Parriott is expected to co-run the series with creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord.

He will serve as an exec producer alongside Dutch Oven's Dave Bartis and Doug Liman, with Corman and Ord co-exec producing.

"Covert" will be shot on location in Toronto for a summer or fall launch.

Parriott helped get ABC pair "Grey's Anatomy" and "Ugly Betty" and FX's "Sons of Anarchy" off the ground, serving as an exec producer on the first two seasons of "Grey's" and the freshman campaigns of "Betty" and "Sons."

Parriott most recently created/exec produced the Fox TV Studios drama "Defying Gravity," which aired on ABC last summer.
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