Piper Perabo gets 'Affairs' in order

Actress to star in USA thriller

Piper Perabo has been tapped as the lead in USA Network's spy thriller "Covert Affairs."

The project, which has been quietly casting two major roles for the past month, hasn't received a firm pilot order, but a green light is expected within a couple of weeks.

Written by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, "Affairs" centers on Annie Walker (Perabo), a CIA trainee who speaks six languages and excels at any endeavor she undertakes.

Walker joins the CIA while still reeling over a mysterious ex-boyfriend who appears to be of particular interest to her new bosses. She vows never to let herself be hurt again, but that proves to be a tall order.

With the lead role cast, attention now shifts to finding an actor to play Auggie Anderson, a blind tech expert who assists Walker in her assignments.

"Affairs," from Universal Cable Prods., is exec produced by Dutch Oven's Dave Bartis and Doug Liman, with Corman and Ord serving as co-exec producers.

The spy thriller genre has been a successful one for USA, which scored a hit with "Burn Notice."

Perabo, a feature actress who rarely has ventured into TV, recently guest-starred on the USA series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

Having just completed a Broadway run in the Tony-nominated "Reasons to Be Pretty," she next stars opposite Chris Pine in Paramount Vantage's "Carriers." Perabo is repped by UTA and TMT Entertainment.