Celebrity Ski Fest winner actor Hill Harper at the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest at Deer Valley Resort on December 8, 2012 in Park City, Utah

Celebrity Ski Fest winner actor Hill Harper at the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest at Deer Valley Resort on December 8, 2012 in Park City, Utah

*Hill Harper has made his exit from “CSI: NY,” which airs its ninth season finale and by most accounts will be a series finale, reports Deadline.com, as the “CSI” spinoff appears unlikely to return.

Harper will join the upcoming fourth season of USA’s drama series “Covert Affairs” as a new series regular alongside Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher.

The 16-episode Season 4, currently filming in Toronto, picks up after CIA operative Annie (Perabo) and her longtime best friend and blind CIA tech-op Auggie (Gorham) finally acknowledge their romantic feelings for one another. Things get complicated at the agency, as Annie aligns with Henry Wilcox (recurring guest star Gregory Itzin) in a dangerous, covert mission involving Arthur (Gallagher) and Auggie that has potentially scandalous consequences for the CIA.

Harper will play an ambitious CIA station chief based in Latin America who is plotting his way into a bigger position back in Washington and seeks Annie and Auggie’s help, but his questionable actions will cause them to doubt his intentions.

CBS has not made a final decision on “CSI: NY,” but Harper’s deal was up at the end of this season, according to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, and he has decided to move on.

Andreeva reports: “He looked at a number of options, including pilots, but I hear he wanted to join a cable series that is on the air. Harper is a fan of Covert Affairs, and shares a bond with its creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord as all three went to Brown University.”