TV Notes‘In Plain Sight,’ with Mary McCormack, will fade from view after final eight episodes
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News
- Mar. 16, 2012
Watch Mary McCormack and Fred Weller make their way through a room full of writers and actors and it’s clear the way they navigate these chaotic scenes is to get playful and goofy. Hip bump here, wisecrack there.
Sit them down for questions about the show in which they co-star, USA’s “In Plain Sight,” and they turn diplomatic.
That’s probably because USA has announced this eight-episode season will be the show’s last.
And probably because they wish that weren’t the case.
Still, they’re diplomatic.
“It’s nice to go out with finality,” says Weller. “Not limp off.”
“I'm grateful for these last eight episodes,” says McCormack.
They don’t sound angry at USA, which keeps rolling out new shows that eventually bump the “mature” ones.
Like the several million fans of “In Plain Sight,” which has been a solid ratings performer, they just don’t particularly want it to end.
“I would do this show forever,” says McCormack, who plays Mary Shannon, a U.S. marshal who helps relocate people through the Witness Protection Program (WITSEC).
Weller plays Marshall Mann, her partner. Marshall is a smart guy, encyclopedic in his useless knowledge and the anchor that keeps the often impulsive and exasperated Mary from violating too much protocol.
Marshall also has slowly developed a thing for Mary over the previous four seasons of the show, in spite of the fact she’s just had a baby and he’s in a relationship himself.
“His feelings for Mary will be dealt with” in the final eight episodes, says Weller, though he carefully declines to reveal the direction and resolution of either this or any other story line.
“We’ve known [during the filming] where it’s going,” says McCormack. “But with the last scenes, there will still be a lot of crying.”
She does say one of the show’s other long-running plot lines also will be addressed: the whereabouts of Mary’s father, who left when she was 7 and whose absence has contributed to her jaded view of men and life.
He will return late in the season. So between him, Mary’s new baby and whatever happens or doesn’t happen with Marshall, Mary Shannon has a lot to jam into these last few episodes.
In the very first one, her recovering alcoholic mother comes in to help with the baby, then bails when Mary’s unreliable sister demands attention again.
“This show has always guided us as it’s gone along,” says Weller. “The first season, no one knew if we were doing it right.”
So everyone grew up together, in a sense, along with their characters. And now they’re all putting away the marshal uniforms, giving up the 14-hour days and perhaps spending more time with the real-life small children Weller and McCormack both have.
Sounds like a return to normalcy? Well, yes and no.
“It will be strange,” says Weller. “I don’t know when I’ll let it go.”
“We’re friends,” says McCormack. “We’ll see each other. The downside is that we won’t be working together.”'IN PLAIN SIGHT'
Network / Air Date: USA, Friday at 10 p.m.http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...icle-1.1039563* * * *TV ReviewUSA looks to give Sarah Shahi a co-star as ‘Fairly Legal’ season starts with a bang
Looks like “Fairly Legal” is going to give Sarah Shahi some competition this season.
Or maybe we should say some support.
In either case, adding another prominent character to “Fairly Legal” is quickly showing signs of enlivening matters.
As Kate Reed, a recovering lawyer who has become a mediator, Shahi was at times almost a one-woman show in the first season of this good-natured, sometimes almost breezy USA hit.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, particularly for Shahi fans who consider other actors simply placeholders and props.
But in USA’s world of smart and quite successful “character” dramas, it almost always takes two to carry a show, and the first season of “Fairly Legal” suggested that second character can’t be a rotating committee.
Kate has a soon-to-be ex-husband, Justin (Michael Trucco). She also has a stepmother, Lauren (Virginia Williams), who now runs the law firm founded by Kate’s late and adored father.
But while both are interesting characters, and Lauren in particular has become a critical part of the story line, neither gives Kate the kind of ongoing partner that we see in “Psych” or “White Collar” or “Suits.”
Enter Ben Grogan (Ryan Johnson), a young attorney who represents all the reasons Kate got out of lawyering. He’s arrogant and opportunistic — a character hardly unknown in TV land.
He won’t be a stranger to Kate, either, because he’s been brought in to save her father’s law firm, which Lauren has ridden to the brink of collapse.
That isn’t all Lauren’s fault, but it’s the situation anyhow, which makes Ben a pivotal player. He also becomes, almost immediately, an object of both fascination and repulsion to Kate.
In case anyone could otherwise miss their impending collision, the season-opening episode sets things up by having a sentimental, reflective and uncharacteristically calm Kate deciding to have a talk with Justin.
And here you guys all thought the chilling phrase “we have to talk” was something you heard before a breakup, not after.
Anyhow, the talk seems to be going harmoniously until Justin offers a few revelations that quickly change its direction.
Soon after that, something else happens with Justin and Kate that not only has a metaphoric link to their relationship, but suggests the second season of “Fairly Legal” may indulge in a little more old-fashioned action drama.
In any case, all this seems to be setting up both a few running story lines and the world into which Ben is arriving.
Nothing that happens with other characters or elsewhere in the plot, though, is likely to diminish Shahi’s presence. With the second season as with the first, she will be the show — and that’s hardly the worst news flash on television.'FAIRLY LEGAL'
Network / Air Date: USA, Friday at 9 p.m.
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...icle-1.1039836