Scoop: THE ASSETS on ABC - Thursday, January 16, 2014
"Trip to Vienna" - After Yurchenko's shocking disclosure, the CIA and FBI mobilize to bring the brilliant Edward Lee Howard to justice. Despite Howard being fingered as the mole, Sandy remains concerned about potential agency leaks and works tirelessly to prove that her asset, General Polyakov, is attempting to establish contact with the CIA. With the rest of the CIA distracted by bigger matters, Ames develops an unlikely bond with Yurchenko during a trip to Canada, on "The Assets," airing THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"The Assets" is an eight-part mini-series based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker, "Broadchurch"). The year 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter, "Babel") vowed to find the mole who would turn out to be the most notorious and dangerous traitor inside the CIA, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys, "The Borgias"). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth. "The Assets" will look inside the true, personal stories of the conclusion of the Cold War as told by the keepers of the nation's secrets: the CIA.
"The Assets" stars Paul Rhys ("The Borgias") as Aldrich Ames, Jodie Whittaker ("Broadchurch") as Sandy Grimes, Harriet Walter ("Babel") as Jeanne Vertefeuile, Stuart Milligan ("Jonathan Creek") as Arthur O'Neill, Julian Ovenden ("Downton Abbey") as Gary Grimes, Christina Cole ("Casino Royale") as Louisa Tilton, and Ralph Brown ("Withnail and I") as Lawrence Winston.
"The Assets" is based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuile. Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Drew Chapman executive produce the series. "The Assets" is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. This program carries a TV-14 parental guideline.
More On: Lee Howard, Jodie Whittaker, Harriet Walter, Stuart Milligan, Julian Ovenden, Christina Cole, Ralph Brown.