Talk about a fast job switch. While Mary McCormack and her “In Plain Sight” team were in their final days of filming the fifth and last season of her popular USA series, the actress was also fielding occasional long-distance calls about the ABC comedy pilot she’ll be shooting April 24.
Among the issues: whether Mary should have a different hairstyle for the new show — in which she’ll play a newly-unemployed corporate executive trying to adapt to full-time parenting of her two teenaged children. If so, what should the new look be? She tells us, “We haven’t made that decision. After six years it does seem like time to give myself a change.”
And that applies to much more than her appearance. Her schedule this past week has included the “In Plain Sight” wrap party and three final days of shooting in Albuquerque, NM, where the show is based. Now she and her husband, producer-director Michael Morris, and their three young daughters are getting ready to leave New Mexico.
“It will take us awhile to move. The kids are in school here. We have packing and goodbyes. It is bittersweet, sad to leave a part of your life,” Mary notes. “It’s a great crew down here. We’re going to miss people. But on the sweet side, there’s more time with my kids to look forward to. They’re little. I want to spend more time with them while they’re still small.”
Yet, she’s going right into another show. “But it’s totally different. A multi-camera show schedule is so much better for a mom,” Mary points out. “It’s such an easy schedule compared to what I’ve been doing.”
The comedy (working title: “The Unprofessional”) has a cast including Greg Germann and Mo Gaffney. “I’ve never done this kind of show before, so I’m nervous,” she says. “But it’s good to get scared.”
Filming the ending scene of “In Plain Sight” “was emotional,” she admits. “But we saved time for it. We had hours.”
Stephen Lang will soon be seen on the show as the long-absent, career criminal father of Mary’s U.S. Marshal character, Mary Shannon. Also, as followers of the Friday night show are aware, Shannon now has her baby daughter and an apparently cordial relationship with the infant’s father. And there is her partner, Marshall (Fred Weller) and the yet-unfulfilled energy of their relationship. Will “In Plain Sight” fans hungry
for some happily-ever-after for Mary Shannon be satisfied? The actress replies with a laugh. “I can’t tell you. I really wish I could.” Don’t bet against it.