Monday, 12 June 2017
708 Cover Up
First viewed : 11 April 1985
This one season-only US series is only really remembered for killing off one of its cast.
Cover Up starred Jennifer O' Neill as Dani Reynolds, a famous fashion photographer who discovers that her husband's death was due to him being a government agent. Despite a rather obvious lack of training, Dani decides to pick up where he left off and recruits a photogenic ex-Green Beret Mac ( Jon-Eric Hexum ) as part of her cover now that she's working for the CIA.
By the time the pilot was shown here , we knew the tragic story. Hexum had been fooling around with a gun on set preparing for a scene and managed to fire the wadding from a blank cartridge into his skull. He died six days later. The producers decided to go with the eight episodes they had in the can then replace Mac with a new character played by Anthony Hamilton. As with any unexpected death in the US, there's been some lurid speculation after his mother settled out of court with the TV company but there's nothing there but a stupid accident.
I watched some of the pilot but it didn't engage me so I never came back to it. It was cancelled after one season due to poor ratings.