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Spies are back. In a sense, they never really went away, but with several spy show pilots lined up for the fall, Covert Affairs now a regular on the USA Network and Homeland clearly the best new show of last fall, it seems like we're ready to have secret agents back in our lives now, particularly with ABC's Missing being thrust onto our screens just to fill in the gaps.
The big new trend in spy shows, though, as that list shows, is female spies. Covert Affairs stars Piper Perabo, Homeland revolves around Claire Danes, The Asset's lead is Ali Larter and Missing has Ashley Judd doing a Jason Bourne all over Europe (yes, they actually have come all the way to Europe to film this).
I say doing a Jason Bourne but Missing is really a sort of hybrid between The Bourne Identity and Taken, with former CIA operative Judd beating up Eurotrash to rescue her son, who's been kidnapped by who knows who? While it never quite hits the heights of either movie, it's actually a pretty good stab at doing both on the small screen.
Apart from the chase on Vespers. That was just silly. Here's a trailer - yes, that is Sean Bean. Yes, there are a lot of spoilers for later episodes.