Just in time!
Provided, of course, that I actually get the book sent off, I will have FREE TIME to indulge in a few hours of pure unadulterated television viewing pleasure.
And so it is propitious that June 7th will bring the advent of the second season of Covert Affairs on USA Network.
The thing I like most about Covert Affairs is its escapist aspect. I don't believe in a million years that Annie Walker (played by Piper Perabo) could be drop-dead gorgeous, speak 7 languages, and be a qualified CIA agent who gets into -- and out of -- incredible adventures (often with equally gorgeous male co-workers) every week.
I don't care.
It's fun. The scenery is often spectacular, depending on where she is any given week. The men (played by Christopher Gorham and Sendil Ramamurthy) definitely are.
And while the CIA usually show up with their game face on in other television programs and films, in Covert Affairs, they do that, but at the same time they feel almost, I don't know, friendly.
It's like your neighborhood intelligence agency. They're politicking and arguing and back-biting, just the way they probably really do because they're people, after all.
And while they're busy doing covert ops one minute and their inter-personal relationships are on hold, the next they are squabbling or flirting or generally behaving the way real people do (well, those on tv, anyway).
So it's both escapist and homey, if you can imagine such a combination. At least it is to me.
The story so far, in case you missed season one, revolves around Annie Walker, fledgling CIA agent, who is yanked off The Farm where she is pretty much a CIA trainee, and brought right in to work at The Agency because, ostensibly, they want her for her skills.
What she doesn't know -- and we don't either at first -- is that they also want her because when she was overseas last year (it looked like Goa, India or thereabouts) she had a love affair with Ben Mercer (Eoin Bailey) an agent now gone rogue. Now the CIA want to use her to get close to him and bring him in.
That's the backdrop against which each episode of season one played out. Of course there were weekly stories that needed dealing with as well. That's where we got to see both the
ops and the squabbling.
The series 1 finale -- where the CIA and Annie and the rogue agent all cameface-to-face-to-face felt more like a full-length film than a tv show. It was a roller coaster ride visually and emotionally. And it definitely left things in a far different place.
I'm curious to see what they'll do now when they open the new season in about 10 days.
If you haven't caught it yet, the first season is coming out on DVD. Some episodes are available online.
And if you have -- or you just want to jump in for the first time in season 2 -- join me Tuesday June 7th. I'll be right there watching -- guilt-free and bookless -- in my front row seat.
Anne's most recent book was Hired By Her Husband, a Harlequin Presents. Upcoming is The Night That Changed Everything in October 2011 (M&B Modern) and November 2011 (Harlequin Presents Extra).