Extended Preview for Eric Close’s New CIA Show Chaos

I dig Eric Close, ever since he starred in the ill-fated “Now and Again”, which was a fantastic show that never really had a chance. His Western “The Magnificent Seven” was good, too, but it was also canceled before its time. I didn’t really follow him over to “Without a Trace”, his most successful regular work on TV as of now, mostly because by-the-numbers crime procedurals that give you the same stuff week after week is dull and boring and tedious. His latest is the action/comedy “Chaos”, which looks like it’s going to be a fun show. Catch it when it makes its premiere later tonight on CBS.

CHAOS is a comedic drama about a group of rogue CIA spies in the Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services (CHAOS), who combat threats to national security amidst bureaucratic gridlock, rampant incompetence and political infighting.

The team tackles high risk foreign intelligence missions using manipulation, deception and wit to succeed. Rick Martinez was dismayed when his dream job as a spy was eliminated on his first day.

However, CIA Deputy Director H.J. Higgins, a calculating mastermind and the head of CHAOS, recognizes Rick’s unique skill set and places him as an unwitting mole inside the department. Martinez joins the team under Michael Dorset, a psychologist turned CIA operative and a tactical genius motivated by pure paranoia. Working with Martinez is Scottish-born Billy Collins, de-commissioned from the British Secret Service and deported from the United Kingdom; Casey Malick, a 12 year veteran of the agency with an understated demeanor and the ability to transform into a “human weapon.”

While Martinez’s instincts on who he can trust are constantly tested, he may have a worthy confidant in the new Deputy Director, Adele Ferrer, who seems to have his best interests at heart. Or should he rely on officer Fay Carson, an alluring agent and an expert at deciphering people’s “tells?” Attacking each assignment with unparalleled confidence and gusto, these operatives perform covert operations, exert political influence and eradicate all manner of evil – and that’s just to survive the morning staff meeting.

Starring Freddy Rodríguez, Eric Close, Christina Cole, Carmen Ejogo, James Murray, Tim Blake Nelson, and Kurtwood Smith.