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The Assets: New ABC Series Steps in for Scandal

The Assets TV show on ABCABC has announced that The Assets, their new limited series (codewords for “please watch, you don’t have to make a long commitment and we promise to give you an ending”) will debut on Thursday, January 2nd. It will air in the 10pm timeslot while Scandal is a on mid-season break.

The network has ordered eight installments of The Assets. The show is based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes and takes place in 1985, during the final days of the Cold War.

Sandy (Jodie Whittaker) and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vow to find the mole who would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). They’re in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, the beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth.

The cast also includes Stuart Milligan, Julian Ovenden, Christina Cole, and Ralph Brown.

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.

What do you think? Does this sound like an interesting show? Do you plan on checking out The Assets?

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

JMB January 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Loved “The Assets”. Don’t understand why junk is left to air on TV, yet great shows get canceled. Is it any wonder why I rarely watch ABC?


Pete Ginsburg January 30, 2014 at 9:36 am

I also love it! This may be reality at it’s finest.


Corp January 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

I would like to see the whole series, on tv.


Tom S January 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I liked the assets got interested in it & did some research now ABC is leaving me hanging, maybe Netflix will pick it up.


ladydi7 January 18, 2014 at 11:38 pm

totally frustrating that this show was cancelled so early…who not give it a chance? It was terrific!!! So well done!!! So much better than most of the slop that is on TV today…


Davita Cohen January 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Love the show!!!!!


Davita Cohen January 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

I love the show.


Robin N. Dinerstein January 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

This is truly disappointing…why was the show cancelled? Then again, I truly don’t understand the ratings….I LOVED Body of Proof and that ended as well. C’mon, we need great shows like The Assets more than we need reality TV.


terry preston January 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not cancel, best we’ve seen so far!


Ann J January 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Terrific show! Can’t wait until next week. Just downloaded book on iTunes.


Anna Pritchard December 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I love Harriet Walter and this sounds fab, does this channel have an internet platform as I am n the UK?


AD November 21, 2013 at 2:32 am

I’ve read the book; could be an interesting series. Give it a shot.


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