Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mary McCormack, First Season-In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight” may not have the edge of “Burn Notice” and “The Closer” and it truly needs some crisp editing to realize its full potential but Mary McCormack is the reason viewers are waiting for its April 19th premiere of the new season.

The opening narration of “In Plain Sight” begins the show perfectly with “Since 1970, the Federal Witness Protection Program has relocated thousands of witnesses - some criminal, some not - to neighborhoods all across the country. Every one of those individuals shares a unique attribute, distinguishing them from the rest of the general population. And that is, somebody wants them dead.”

McCormack is a Tony nominee and has starred in films like “Private Parts”, “Deep Impact,” and “1408,” and plays the US Marshal Mary Shannon to perfection on the show. She deserves an Emmy nomination for turning a completely two-dimensional stereotypical role of a toughie into a very credible and lovable character. McCormack’s character works for the lives of career criminals, murderers, liars, and other criminals who have agreed to testify and therefore need high protection. Her partner is Marshal Mann (Fred Waller) whose character gets more meat as the season progresses. There is a case to be solved every week and the characters develop over the series as McCormack is shown with her flaky sister. a meddlesome mother and a boyfriend. Some of the cases may not turn out as interesting as the others and like “Burn Notice” this show might also improve upon those glitches in the second season. it is after all a good show and has the potential to become a great show.

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