Lena Dunham sets another new series at Netflix with spy drama Covers

The spy drama Covers comes on the heels of Netflix ordering Lena Dunham's romantic comedy series Too Much.

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Less than a month after Netflix announced that it's partnering with the Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning star, creator, and writer of HBO's Girls on the upcoming romantic comedy series Too Much, they're already collaborating again. Netflix has scored another Dunham-created series, this time the spy drama Covers.

According to Deadline, the plot of Covers borrows from actual events and centers on Oxford University students who also happen to lead double lives as MI-6 agents. Further describing the series, the outlet shares the college student spies will also "search not only for answers, but for identity and affirmation" in the midst of their high-stakes jobs.

As she does on most of her projects, Dunham will write, direct, and executive produce, while Michael Cohen will also executive produce with Dunham for her company Good Thing Going. Yellowjackets executive producer Drew Comins will also executive produce, marking the second series in development for Comins at Netflix. The producer's on board for the series adaptation of the best-selling novel They Both Die at the End.

While all of this sounds super exciting, Deadline appears to be tempering our enthusiasm, since it sounds like Covers hasn't been given the official green light just yet. The outlet notes there's a "premium development commitment," which would entail a 20-week writers room in order to knock out the full season's scripts. That's allegedly looking to get going in the spring, with Deadline noting that should Netflix made the pickup official, the series will film in London.

Personally, I hope the Covers makes it to our watch lists because it sounds like an intriguing premise that's adjacent to the setup for Alias. For those unfamiliar, Jennifer Garner starred in the ABC spy drama as Sydney Bristow, who becomes a double agent with the CIA after being recruited as an undergrad in college. The show didn't spend a lot of time with Sydney in school, but a show rooted in the world of college-aged spies could be insanely fun.

What's more, Dunham's other upcoming Netflix series also sounds incredibly promising, so much so that I'm willing to bank the spy drama will follow suit. Too Much stars the hilarious Meg Stalter and The White Lotus season 2 alum Will Sharpe and centers on a New Yorker as she moves to London. The mismatched pair find an unexpected chance at real love. The 10-episode rom-com looks to take a play from Emily in Paris but surely with a Girls-ified flair.

Speaking of Girls, Dunham's first foray into television was truly generation-defining, as much as people rolled their eyes at that tongue-in-cheek line in the pilot episode. It's still a revered show, with Girls aging better than some might have anticipated and earning fresh praise removed from its polarizing initial run. I love Girls and really want to see Netflix snatch it to add to its HBO collection. With Too Much and Covers on the pipeline, that dream could be a reality.

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