No, I’m not warming up for the Olympics. The USA Network has shown once again that–over the last several years–it may be the most consistent cable outlet on television when it comes to developing interesting and entertaining shows on its own. (They also do a nice job advertising the network shows that they rerun. “NCIS: the show with more initials than any other show on TV!” That’s good stuff.)
I’m not dissing the quality of shows on other outlets such as The Shield or The Closer, but for sheer consistency….
USA has been slowly refining their approach over the years and has found a nice niche. Over the years their big shows have been La Femme Nikita, Dead Zone, The 4400, Monk, Psych and Burn Notice. They have all had attractive stars and exceptionally fine writing and none were the typical cop/hospital/lawyer series that are so ubiquitous elsewhere on the dial.
The new addition to the list is In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack as Mary Shannon, a totally balls-to-the-wall (so to speak) Federal Marshal working in the Witness Protection program. Aside from the normal perils of her job, she has to deal with her dysfunctional mother and sister who don’t know that her job is actually dangerous.
Mary M just recently celebrated a birthday, so it seemed like a good time to give y’all a heads up. From the pilot and the previews, it looks like In Plain Sight has all of the excitement, action and smart ass humor we’ve come to expect from shows like Psych and Burn Notice.
Strangely, it takes place in Albuquerque, NM which is also where AMC’s excellent Breaking Bad takes place. What’s up with that?