the assetsA CIA mole, a KGB defector, the height of Cold War tension, and American agent Sandy Grimes‘ race against time to protect her country.

That’s the backdrop for the new ABC mini-series “The Assets,” shot in┬áLithuania and debuting tonight at 10pmET. Co-executive producers Morgan Hertzan and Rudy Bednar recently spoke with TVNewser about what audiences can expect from the show.

TVNewser: What was the motivation behind producing a 1980′s Cold-War thriller in 2014?

Hertzan: The story. We went and met with the real Sandy Grimes, who this show is really about. Sandy was such an incredible character and so passionate about this story and so passionate about the patriotism that she had, we just felt we had to do this.

Bednar: Sandy sort of clinched it for me. Her husband [Gary] was lovely too. The two of them together is what this story is about. What is it like to be a mom at night and a CIA operative during the day. That whole funny constellation of one’s life really made for an interesting drama.

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