Malcolm Gladwell teams up with Mark Wahlberg for new CIA drama

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With the success of Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, period pieces seem to be the go-to staple for cable networks these days. Now HBO has plans to resurrect Cold War-era Berlin for its next project.  It's being helmed by executive producers Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg (the guys behind Boardwalk), Charles Randolph and Malcolm Gladwell (yes, that Malcolm Gladwell).

The as yet untitled show centers around a missionary who becomes involved in the CIA. It will be interesting to see what Gladwell, the curly coifed writer best known for his books on pop-psychology and social behavior will bring to a spy drama. But given the network's reputation and Gladwell's ability to over-analyze even the smallest details, (of which there are many, we'd assume when working for the CIA) the project sounds pretty promising.