An amusing blend of cop show action and dysfunctional family fireworks, the comedy-drama In Plain Sight
benefits greatly from the charisma of its lead, Mary McCormack, as well as some promising episodes in this first-season set. TV and film vet McCormack (The West Wing
, Murder One
) finally gets a lead as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the Albuquerque office of the Witness Protection Program. The array of offbeat characters that fall under Mary’s jurisdiction--everyone from innocent witnesses of terrible crimes to less scrupulous types like Dave Foley’s obnoxious mob squealer (“Trojan Horst”) to a diamond smuggler (Missi Pyle) with wedding fever (“Never the Bride”)--present less problems for her than her family, which includes her overly dramatic mom (Lesley Ann Warren) and troublemaking sister (Nichole Hiltz), who has designs on Mary's on-again-off-again boyfriend (Cristian de la Fuente). Frederick Weller (as her quirky partner) and Paul Ben-Victor as her boss offer solid support, but In Plain Sight
is McCormack’s showcase, and she shines in both the comic moments and more serious elements, most notably a confessional monologue in “High Priced Spread.” One wishes the scripts lived up to the performances--too often, the program coasts on glib dialogue, or worse, heavy-handed voice-overs--but these are fixable problems in the face of considerable potential. All 12 episodes of the first season are included in the three-disc set, as well as brief deleted scenes from each episode. --Paul Gaita
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. Get lost with Mary McCormack as the compelling and quirky hit USA series In Plain Sight comes to DVD! U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon (McCormack) works for the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) relocating and protecting career criminals, compulsive liars, thieves, murderers, and the occasional innocent bystander. With the help of her partner Marshall Mann (yes, Marshal Marshall) and her beat-up but beloved car, she just may get through her workday in time to deal with her sort-of boyfriend, her flaky sister, and her ne’er-do-well mother. Featuring an impressive cast, including Fred Weller, Nichole Hiltz, Todd Williams, and Lesley Ann Warren, In Plain Sight is the funny, suspenseful drama that critics are calling “hugely entertaining!” (Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel).