'Heroes' actor cast in new USA series

2:46 PM PST 03/08/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Sendhil Ramamurthy to co-star in spy drama 'Covert Affairs'

"Heroes" co-star Sendhil Ramamurthy is joining USA Network's new drama series "Covert Affairs" as a regular.

The spy drama centers on Annie Walker (Piper Perabo), 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.

Ramamurthy will play a CIA agent.

He fills the void left by the departure of Eric Lively, who played a third-generation CIA agent in the pilot.

However, this is not a straight recasting as Ramamurthy will play a new character.

He joins "Covert" cast members Christopher Gorham, Peter Gallagher, Kari Matchett and Anne Dudek as well as Eion Bailey.

Ramamurthy first indicated that he may be done with "Heroes" in November when he was cast in a regular role on NBC's dramedy pilot "Rex" but made a quick exit over a scheduling conflict.

Ramamurthy's character on "Heroes," Mohinder Suresh, was key in the series' first couple of seasons, but his importance has gradually been scaled down.

He also recently guest starred in an episode of another USA series, "Psych."
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