The Cold War is coming to ABC in 2014.
ABC has ordered 'The Assets,' a limited series project based on the best-selling book 'Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed.' Written by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, 'Circle of Treason' is written by people who were directly involved in outing Counterintelligence Officer Aldrich Ames as a spy for the Soviet Union. Grimes was a Counterintelligence Analyst for the CIA who in 1992 offered the evidence that later lead to Ames' capture and arrest.
Ames acted as a mole, feeding information to the Soviet Union and the KGB, which directly contributed to the executions of at least ten Soviet Intelligence Officers spying for the United States.
'The Assets' will delve into these true, personal stories about the end of the Cold War and the lives affected by this spying operation. The series intends to lift the curtain on one of America's most secretive agencies: the CIA. Following FX's hit drama 'The Americans,' the Cold War is once again a hot drama topic and ABC seems to have found a cherry of a book to adapt.
According to 'Circle of Treason,' Ames was far from the ideal CIA operative. Although he held some important assignments in the CIA, Ames was considered a low-level officer and largely flew below the radar of most operatives. He was unkempt in his personal appearance, he drank a bit more than was considered the norm, and his performance in various postings was uneven. Superiors chided him often about tardiness with his reports; if a particular assignment did not interest him, he tended to give it little attention.
By 1990, the CIA was certain they had a mole in the agency... but it would take the work of Grimes and other officers to finally point the finger at the man responsible. 'The Assets' will follow that plotline of suspicion and intrigue, which should make for some quality television.
Executive producers are Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman who will run the series. What do you think of the concept behind 'The Assets?' Who would you like to see cast as the intrepid Sandra Grimes?