In Plain Sight

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In Plain Sight
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Created byDavid Maples
Starring Mary McCormack
Fred Weller
Nichole Hiltz
Todd Williams
Lesley Ann Warren
Paul Ben-Victor
Cristián de la Fuente
Rachel Boston
Theme music composer Jeff Beal
Composers W. G. Snuffy Walden
Tree Adams
Liz Phair
Evan Frankfort
Marc Dauer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes61 (list of episodes)
Executive producersDavid Maples
John McNamara
Paul Stupin
Dan Lerner
Natalie Chaidez
Ed Decter
John J. Strauss
John Romano
Mary McCormack
ProducersOscar Luis Costo
David Maples
Clara George
David Slack
Craig McNeil
Mary McCormack
Karen Moore
Mark Piznarski (pilot only)
John Cockrell
Production locations Albuquerque, New Mexico
CinematographyJohn B. Aronson
Jim DeNault
David Wagerich
EditorsBonnie Koehler
John Bael
Jennifer Pulver
Mitchell Danton
Chris Peppe
Lori Jane Coleman
Nancy Morrison
Debby Germino
Scott K. Wallace
Sarah Boyd
Regis Kimble
Shoshanah Tanzer
Running time4548 minutes
Production companiesPirates' Cove Entertainment
(seasons 1-2)
Tiny Clambake Productions
(season 2)
Universal Media Studios
(season 1)
McNamara Paper Products
(season 3)
Frontier Pictures
(seasons 4-5)
Universal Cable Productions
(seasons 1-5)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network USA Network
Original releaseJune 1, 2008 (2008-06-01) 
May 4, 2012 (2012-05-04)
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In Plain Sightis an American drama television series that premiered on the USA Network on June 1, 2008. [1] The series revolves around Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack), a Deputy United States Marshal attached to the Albuquerque, New Mexico, office of the Federal Witness Security Program (WITSEC), more commonly known as the Federal Witness Protection Program. Shannon must find ways to balance her professional life of protecting witnesses, her professional relationship with her work partner, US Marshal Marshall Mann, and her problematic personal life. The show was filmed on location in Albuquerque. On May 4, 2012, In Plain Sight concluded with its fifth season.


Development and production

In Plain Sight was originally scheduled to premiere on Thursday, April 24, 2008, [2] but USA Network held the series back when the WGA strike delayed production of the summer series Burn Notice . It instead made its debut on Sunday, June 1, 2008. [3] It was renewed on July 21, 2008, for a second season with a 16-episode run, [4] which began April 19, 2009.

Then, following creative differences with Executive Producer David Maples, USA Network made the decision to use the season's 15th episode, the first part of a planned two-part season-ender, as the show's season finale. [5] Series creator David Maples and co-producer Paul Stupin subsequently stepped down as executive producers at the end of season two, although they remained as consulting producers, and were replaced by John McNamara. [6] Todd Williams and Lesley Ann Warren's roles were changed to guest stars, and a retooling of scriptwriting was designed to place greater emphasis on Mary's cases and less on her personal life, while retaining its character-driven storytelling. According to USA executive Jeff Wachtel, the shift in producers also reflects the network's desire that the show remain upbeat rather than overly dark. [5]

In Plain Sight was renewed for a third season of 16 episodes on August 2, 2009. [7] Although the previously planned 16th episode of season two was set to be the opening episode of season three, [5] the episode was shelved and replaced by a new opening episode, written by new showrunner, John McNamara. The season was later reduced to 13 episodes when McNamara took a leave of absence for medical reasons. [8] In a statement released exclusively to the Futon Critic, the producer of Universal Cable Productions said, "John Romano assumed executive producer responsibilities for the remaining episodes. Given the unexpected change, we decided to end the season at a natural spot—with the surprising cliffhanger of episode 13." [8]

After the conclusion of season three, USA Network ordered two more seasons of In Plain Sight [9] The fourth season premiered on May 1, 2011, in its original time slot. [10] The fifth and final season began on March 16, 2012, and consisted of eight episodes. [11] The series finale aired on May 4, 2012. [12]

Jeff Beal composed the theme song for the series. W. G. Snuffy Walden composed the music for the first season, followed by Tree Adams for the second season. Evan Frankfort, Liz Phair, and Marc Dauer composed the music for the remainder of the series. [13]

Cast and characters

Main characters

Recurring characters




The pilot episode of In Plain Sight attracted 5.25 million viewers, making it USA Network's highest-rated series premiere since Psych in 2006. It also outperformed the previous summer's debut of Burn Notice by 32% and the network premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent by 40%. [14]

SeasonTime slot (ET)EpisodesPremieredEndedTV SeasonViewers
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
1 Sunday 10:00 p.m.12
June 1, 2008
5.25 [15]
August 17, 2008
3.78 [16] 2008 TBA
2 15
April 19, 2009
5.11 [17]
August 9, 2009
4.44 [18] 2009 4.98 [19]
Wednesday 10:00 p.m.
March 31, 2010
3.81 [20]
June 30, 2010
3.85 [21] 2010 4.93 [22]
Sunday 10:00 p.m.
May 1, 2011
3.87 [23]
August 7, 2011
4.09 [24] 2011 5.00 [25]
Friday 10:00 p.m.
March 16, 2012
4.01 [26]
May 4, 2012
3.20 [27] 2012 TBA

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for In Plain Sight
2009NAMIC Vision AwardsVision Award - DramaNominated
Prism AwardsDrama Series - Mental HealthNominatedEpisode "High-Priced Spread"
Prism AwardsPerformance in a Drama EpisodeNominatedMary McCormack
2011WICT Awards [28] Scripted Drama/Comedy Series or SpecialWon

Home media

On March 31, 2009, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released season one of In Plain Sight on DVD in Region 1. Season two was released on DVD on March 9, 2010. [29]

DVD nameEp #Release date
Season One12March 31, 2009
Season Two15March 9, 2010
Season Three13March 29, 2011
Season Four13June 5, 2012 1
Season Five8August 28, 2012 [30]

^1 The wide release for the season 4 DVD occurred on June 5, 2012. [31] An early promotional release at Target stores occurred on March 13, 2012.


Start TV started airing reruns on October 14, 2019.

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