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IN PLAIN SIGHT (On-going TV show, 2008-->)

Creator: David Maples

Starring: Mary McCormack, Fred Weller, Nichole Hiltz, Paul Ben-Victor, Lesley Ann Warren, Cristián de la Fuente, Todd Williams, Holly Maples...

Rating: PG
Run time: 1-hour episodes

Genre: drama/crime angle

Season one available on DVD. Season two not yet released.

Currently showing on USA cable TV channel.
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Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) and Marshall Mann (Fred Weller) are U.S. Marshals for the witness protection program who spend their time relocating federal witnesses. They are based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As you might expect, things rarely go smoothly.

Mary is also cursed with a dysfunctional family, including an alcoholic mother, Jinx (Lesley Ann Warren), and a whiny younger sister, Brandi (Nichole Hiltz), both of whom live with her. Mary's cutie pie boyfriend Raphael Ramirez (Cristián de la Fuente) plays minor league baseball and doesn't get to see much of Mary because of the demands of her job and family.

Warning! Don't expect the episodes to be as good as the advertisements for the show, they aren't.

To be honest, I don't understand what all the hype is about concerning this show. As far as I'm concerned, more time should be spent on the witness protection aspect of the series and less time on the dysfunctional family. A little bit of whining and the problems of a can't-quite-keep-it-together alchoholic go a long way. I'd like to see more about the difficulties of keeping the witnesses safe. And more of the boyfriend, please!

Mary has some good one-liners but the show needs more than that.

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