CNN series to focus on Russian spies 'posing as your neighbor' in the U.S.

CNN series to focus on Russian spies 'posing as your neighbor' in the U.S.

CNN's season premiere of “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies” will focus on undercover Russian sleeper agents living in the U.S., according to the network.

“The Spies Next Door: Operation Ghost Stories,” reveals the story of undercover Russian sleeper agents living in the U.S. and one of the largest counterintelligence investigations in the history of the FBI," reads a news release from the network.

The series airs Saturday nights at 9 p.m. EST and is hosted by former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).


"I think people love a good spy story. The first episode is a really good spy story," Rogers told TheWrap.com on Thursday.

"These were Russian spies with American sounding names who were posing as your neighbor, your work colleague, your friend. Having the possibility of a spy living next door draws people in who are not only interested in spy stories, but also those who are interested in learning more about how the Russians intelligence services operate after being exposed to the current news about their activities in the U.S.," Rogers added.

The popularity of FX's "The Americans," a drama about two KGB spies posing as an American couple in suburban Washington, D.C., during the Reagan administration, was not unnoticed by Rogers.

"My wife and I love it. I can say that the spy tradecraft you see is fairly accurate," Rogers said.

"The Spies Next Door" comes as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible collusion with members of Trump campaign has received heavy coverage on CNN and other broadcast news outlets for months.

The series will air in eight parts and will run through Labor Day weekend.