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New TV show highlights government 'brain drain'

By Ed O'Keefe

If you're not planning tonight to watch the Major League Baseball All-Star Game or Kathy Griffin's lobbying efforts, consider "Covert Affairs," a new TV drama that younger, underpaid, overworked, super-overstressed government workers might appreciate.

It's the latest television series about government workers, joining the "NCIS" franchise, FX's "Justified" and a forthcoming Fox show about IRS workers.

But in an ironic twist that , the show focuses on 28-year-old Annie, a multilingual Georgetown graduate who joins the Central Intelligence Agency after a bad breakup.

She's quickly plucked from basic training and thrown into the mix at headquarters, because of a brain drain: Most of the CIA's aging workforce is retiring.

"Fifty percent of the agency has five years' experience or less," a coworker tells her.

"That's both inspiring and unsettling," Annie says.

(Studies suggest the federal government may need to hire at least 270,000 workers in the next three years to replace a retiring workforce.)

The pilot episode is pretty good, according to colleague Hank Steuver:

Bullets fly, Annie runs around a lot, the BlackBerry gets lost, then found. And then there's this and then there's that, requiring Perabo to play cute and tough and sexy and smart all at once -- which, by gosh, she can do. A perpetual motion machine, [Piper] Perabo is fun to watch.

Best of all, the show is produced by the same guy who produced The Bourne Trilogy, The Eye's favorite cinematic series (next to the "Star Trek" movies... like you care...)

(h/t Tom Shoop)

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 13, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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Comments

"Covert Affairs," a new TV drama that younger, underpaid, overworked, super-overstressed government workers might appreciate.

... What planet are these tv writers living on??? In this country Federal Government employees are making approximately TWICE what their private sector counterparts are making, and that doesn't even include the stellar benefits. This statement is true top to bottom, whether we talking about a lawyer or a janitor.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | July 14, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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