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NBC Orders Hope Davis Drama ‘Allegiance’

Espionage drama revolves around a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs who learns that his parents are covert Russian spies

NBC has given a series order to the drama “Allegiance,” starring Scott Cohen (“Necessary Roughness”) and Hope Davis (“The Newsroom”).

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The series follows Alex O’Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs who learns a shocking secret. His close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Cohen) and Katya ( Davis) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. Years ago, Russian-born Katya was tasked by the KGB to recruit American businessman Mark O’Connor as a spy and the two fell in love.

After years in America building a happy life and without word from Moscow, Mark and Katya thought they had escaped. Now it seems that the new Mother Russia has one more mission — turning Alex into a spy. For these anguished parents, the choice is clear: Betray their country or risk their family.

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The series, which is produced by Universal Television, Keshet Media and Yes!, also stars Margarita Levieva, Gavin Stenhouse, Morgan Spector, Annie Ilonzeh, Alexandra Peters and Kenneth Choi.

Writer-director George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) is executive producing with Avi Nir (“Homeland”), Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yona Wisenthal and Giyora Yahalom.