Out of ‘Sight’
USA series signs off after ﬁve seasons
By Kyla Brewer
one are the days of damsels in distress waiting for
dashing heroes to come to
Today, female characters on
television can be just as tough as
their male counterparts -- maybe
tougher. After all, they not only
deal with the same wacko criminals and treacherous terrorists,
but pregnancy hormones, morning sickness and screaming babies may be the trump card.
Mary McCormack stars as
one such character in USA Network’s “In Plain Sight,” airing
Friday, May 4.
The episode marks the finale
of the series, which is calling it
quits after five successful seasons. Shot in and around Albuquerque, N.M., “In Plain Sight”
follows the life of Mary Shannon,
a U.S. Marshal who works for the
Witness Protection Program.
She and her colleagues struggle
to keep their charges safe from
those who want them dead.
Every day, Shannon deals with
career criminals, whistle-blowers or innocent witnesses. But
the heart of the series revolves
around her dysfunctional personal life, including her relationship with her partner, Marshall
Mann (Frederick Weller). Mann
is also her best friend, though
lately there have been indications the duo might be headed
for something more.
Paul Ben-Victor stars as
Mary’s boss, Stan McQueen, and
Lesley Ann Warren tackles the
role of Mary’s alcoholic mother,
Jinx. Nichole Hiltz portrays
Mary’s free-spirited sister, Brandi. Newcomer Rachel Boston
recently joined the cast as Det.
Abigail Chaffee, Mann’s latest
USA has promised an unforgettable finale for loyal fans of
the series. There have been a lot
April 29 - May 5, 2012
Vi Rose Hill is ecstatic when she is
appointed the new music director
for the Divinity Church Choir in
Pacashau, Ga. She believes her love
of music will help the group lift the
community’s spirits during the recession, and she turns to her daughter
for help. When G.G. Sparrow arrives
in town, however, she tries to take
over Vi’s way of running the choir
and wants to get the group singing
more upbeat songs.
Director: Todd Graff. Stars: Queen
Latifah, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Keke Palmer, Courtney B.
Vance, Jesse L. Martin, Jeremy Jordan. 2012, 118 mins., drama.
New Year’s Eve
Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller star in “In Plain Sight”
of changes on the set in the past
couple of seasons. Writers had
to incorporate McCormack’s
real-life pregnancy into the show,
throwing the no-nonsense character a real curveball.
McCormack’s character is
far from maternal, and she’s
suddenly got a baby to consider.
Despite her decision to give the
child up for adoption last season,
Mary kept the baby girl. This season, she’s had to decide whether
she can truly balance motherhood with the demands of her
Such a juggling act is in capable hands, as McCormack is
arguably one of the industry’s
most versatile actresses. Her
starring turn as Alison in Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” in
1997 served as her breakout role.
She then turned her attention
to the stage, starring as Sally
Bowles, opposite Alan Cumming, in a Broadway production
of “Cabaret” for the Roundabout
Theatre Company. She later
earned a 2008 Tony nomination
for her role in the Broadway revival of “Boeing-Boeing.”
Fans of NBC’s now-defunct
political drama “The West Wing”
may remember her from her recurring role as Deputy National
Security Advisor and ex-CIA
officer Kate Harper. Other TV
credits include HBO’s “K Street”
and ABC’s “Murder One.”
Her role as Mary Shannon in
“In Plain Sight” has earned her
not only millions of TV-viewing
fans but also a nomination for a
2009 Prism Award, which honor
accurate portrayals of substance
abuse, mental health and addiction.
McCormack and the rest of
the “In Plain Sight” cast made
the move to Fridays when the
fifth season premiered in March.
Friday nights are usually a dead
zone for TV drama, and only the
Gary Sinise carries “CSI: NY”
on CBS, and Fox has established
a sci-fi following for Friday
broadcasts of its hit “Fringe.”
USA has also overcome the Friday-evening curse with “In Plain
Sight” and another hit, “Fairly
Legal,” a drama about a ravenhaired mediator.
In fact, Fridays have proven to
be particularly lucky for USA,
as three of its most successful
series have been launched on
the night: “Monk,” “Psych” and
“White Collar.” Such victories
have made USA the No. 1 cable
network for six years.
The Independent • TVTimes
The lives of several colleagues and
friends intertwine as they wait to
ring in the new year in New York.
Ingrid quits her job after realizing
she will never be appreciated, and
she grabs a stranger to help her finish some of last year’s resolutions
before she runs out of time. A cancer
1 x 3”
patient refuses treatment and wants
to celebrate the new year one last
time, but his daughter is stuck at
work and may not be able to join him
at the hospital.
Director: Garry Marshall. Stars:
Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon
Jovi, Ludacris, Robert De Niro, Josh
Duhamel, Sofía Vergara. 2011, 100
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