History be damned. And that's no joke, though the show sometimes feels like one. The CW's Reign (Thursday, 9/8c) is all about herstory, an opulent and giddy bodice-ripper very loosely inspired by the teenage years of the ultimately ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots (a pouty Adelaide Kane). It's like Masterpiece Junior as seen on MTV after a jolt of Red Bull, or more to the point, Gossip Girl goes to court. And while it will win no prizes for scholarly accuracy (to put it mildly), Reign is such a fanciful folly of royal romance and literally poisonous court gossip that it's hard not to hail a CW show that breaks so lavishly from the network's usual formula of angst-ridden ghouls and cloying rom-com.
Part 2 of Covert Affairs' fourth season can be summed up in one word: dark. And we're not just talking about Piper Perabo's new brunette locks.
"There's a grittier, darker feel to these six episodes with Annie [Perabo] off the grid," executive producer Matt Corman tells TVGuide.com. "I think we've always seen the show as an evolution of a spy. We thought it'd be interesting in these six episodes to unplug her and put her completely on her own without her...
Gregory Itzin, Piper Perabo
Covert Affairs has been renewed for a 16-episode fifth season, USA announced Thursday.
The USA drama, which stars Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham as CIA agents, averages nearly 4 million viewers an episode.
Covert Affairs Bosses on Deadly Finale: "Everything is different now"
"No other series on television travels the globe to tell a story like Covert Affairs, and we are pleased to bring it back for another season" USA president Chris McCumber said in a statement. "With its intricate storytelling, diverse characters and authentic locations, the series continues to be a cornerstone in our line-up of USA's original signature dramas."
Allison Janney and Arsenio Hall
Our top moments of the week:
13. Best Reveal: Granted, Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) shows a lot of skin in the first episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine — hello, Speedo! — but it's his boss, Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), who really exposes himself. Ray explains that, even though he caught the infamous Disco Strangler way back when, he's only now been able to lead a command because he revealed that he was...
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about the midseason finale of Covert Affairs. Read at your own risk.]
Looks like the stress of Arthur's legal troubles and dealing with Henry is catching up with Joan on Covert Affairs.
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On Tuesday's summer finale (9/8c, USA), Annie (Piper Perabo) is still off the grid on her mission to take down Henry (Gregory Itzin), putting more pressure on Joan ...
Billie Jean King
For nearly 30 years, PBS's great American Masters series has profiled overachievers in the arts and culture at large. It only makes sense than when the documentary series finally decided to do its first study of a sports superstar, it turned to tennis legend Billie Jean King. Masters (Tuesday, 8/7c; check tvguide.com listings) has always reflected personality through performance, so who better than a woman who says of her craft: "Every ball I hit has a consequence."
Gregory Itzin and Piper Perabo
Where in the world is Teo — and Henry for that matter? Copenhagen.
On Tuesday's Covert Affairs (9/8c, USA), Annie heads to the Danish capital to track down not ...
Piper Perabo is mixing business with pleasure.
The Covert Affairs star, 36, is engaged to Stephen Kay, the show's director and co-executive producer, People reports.
Zuleikha Robinson and Peter Gallagher
He may have lost his job but Covert Affairs' Arthur (Peter Gallagher) could be in for a big win when Homeland's Zuleikha Robinson begins an arc on Sept. 10 as a D.C. defense attorney determined to help his cause.