Fresno’s Christopher Gorham has a reputation for being one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. How nice is he? Even after his series “Covert Affairs” got canceled, Gorham has nothing but praise for those behind the USA Network series.
“I just can’t say enough nice about everyone at NBCUniversal and the USA Network. They have been very supportive, specifically with my character,” Gorham says just days after USA Network announced the show was ending after five seasons. “I have worked on a lot of TV series and none of them lasted this long.
“Very few last past five seasons.”
Through those seasons, the Roosevelt School of the Arts graduate has been playing Auggie Anderson, a blind military veteran who works as a handler for the CIA. His main concern over the years was novice-turned-super-agent Annie Walker, the character played by Piper Perabo.
This was the first television series for Perabo. Gorham knew after his first meeting with her that working with her was going to be a positive experience. He describes Perabo as “professional” and “kind.”
“My instincts were right about her,” Gorham says. “She did everything to make the show better and that never stopped.”
It’s not just a great co-star that made working on “Covert Affairs” such a positive experience. Gorham got the opportunity to direct several episodes, and he looks to use what he learned to direct other projects.
The show also allowed him to travel. The cast worked on almost every continent. His long list of favorite work trips include Istanbul, Berlin, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Venice and Stockholm.
The series finale drew almost 1.6 million viewers. Gorham says the show didn’t end because of a lack of support from fans. The problem was that the viewing numbers went up more than 200% when factoring in those who watched the program On Demand or through DVR more than a week later.
“Advertisers aren’t interested in shows after three days,” he says. “That’s why the network couldn’t make the show work financially enough to go one more season.”
The network told the show’s writers to write the final episode so it could serve as a finale if there was not another season, but to leave enough room that more stories could be written. In the last episode, Gorham’s character resigned from the CIA to travel the world with the woman he loves.
Gorham will be coming to Fresno on Saturday, Jan. 17, for a fundraiser. He will sign autographs from 10 a.m. to noon at Sam’s Club, 7663 North Blackstone Ave. There will be no charge for the autographs, but donations are encouraged. All money raised will go to the Fresno Lion’s Club’s White Cane effort, which raises money to support people with vision problems.
In addition to the autographs, Gorham also will sign a white cane, similar to the one he uses on “Covert Affairs,” which will be auctioned off to raise money.
Gorham already is working on his next project. He is busy promoting the upcoming animated DVD release “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis,” where he provides the voice of the Flash.
Gorham only mentioned one negative about the cancellation of “Covert Affairs.” Because the end came without warning, he wasn’t able to take home any items from the set.
“It’s all in Toronto,” he says. “I’ll have to call and see if they will send me a couple of things.”