USA moving toward 'Covert' pilot order

Net hires casting director, reaches out to agents

USA Network is inching closer to a pilot order for spy thriller "Covert Affairs."

In the past week, the cable network quietly tapped a casting director for the project and has put out feelers to talent agents about two central characters on the show, Annie Walker and Auggie Anderson.

Written by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, "Covert Affairs" centers on Walker, a linguist and CIA trainee who is summoned to headquarters and given assignments assisted by blind tech expert Anderson.

While she believes she'd been recruited for her language skills, it might be an elusive former boyfriend her CIA bosses are after.

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

USA has had success in the spy thriller genre with hit "Burn Notice."

Last summer, the network greenlighted three pilots, "Royal Pains," "White Collar" and "Operating Instructions," two of which, "Collar" and "Pains," were picked up to series.

James Hibberd contributed to this report.