One in a series of evenings and special screenings presented as part of The Paley Center for Media's Inside Media events. Held at the Paley Center in Los Angeles, this evening celebrates "In Plain Sight," the drama series about United States Marshal Mary Shannon, who works for the Witness Protection Program out of Albuquerque. Host Rene Reyes (director of public programs and festivals, The Paley Center for Media) offers opening remarks and introduces moderator Robert Lloyd (television critic, Los Angeles Times). Lloyd provides a brief background on the show's history and then brings Jeff Wachtel (co-president, USA Network) to the stage. Wachtel discusses the show's connection with its audience and thanks a number of associates in the office before introducing the episode "The Medal of Mary," which is screened in its entirety. (For synopsis and credits, see ACCNUM 107680.)

After the screening, Lloyd introduces the panelists: cast members Tangie Ambrose (Delia Parmalee); Lesley Ann Warren (Jinx Shannon); Rachel Boston (Detective Abigail Chaffee); Frederick Weller (Marshall Mann); and Mary McCormack (Mary Shannon).

The conversation touches on such topics as: the experience of watching themselves onscreen; their first impressions of the show, including McCormack's sense that the role was written for her; Weller's interest in his "geek with a gun" character; Ambrose and Boston's late-season arrivals; Weller and McCormack's relationship prior to joining the show; real-life marshals' inability to discuss their jobs in-depth with the actors; the decision to write McCormack's pregnancy into the show and its affect on Mary Shannon as a character; the evolution of the other characters over the seasons, including Delia's strength and Jinx's maturity; Weller's memories of Marshall's frequent use of contemporary slang in the early days; praise for co-star Paul Ben-Victor (Stan McQueen) and his fondness for extra takes; McCormack's perception of the "happiest set ever"; the actors' experience moving to and living in Albuquerque; Boston's friendship with a real detective and a hands-on training experience; and what the cast will most miss when the show draws to a close in 2012.

Questions from the audience then lead to a discussion of the following topics: a memorable scene involving Marshall in drag; the "poetry" of Mary's voiceovers; McCormack's dual role as actor and producer; the rapid shooting schedule; McCormack's similarities and differences to her no-nonsense character; the show's "healthy" five-year run and the emotional climax of Mary's encounter with her criminal father, played by Stephen Lang; abandoned hints of romance for Delia and Jinx; debate about the potential romantic connection between Mary and Marshall; and ideas for a feature-length film after the show's finale.


  • DATE: April 18, 2012 7:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:36:28
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 107522
  • GENRE: Seminars


  • Rene Reyes … Host
  • Robert Lloyd … Moderator
  • Jeff Wachtel … Guest
  • Tangie Ambrose … Panelist
  • Lesley Ann Warren … Panelist
  • Rachel Boston … Panelist
  • Frederick Weller … Panelist
  • Mary McCormack … Panelist
  • Paul Ben-Victor
  • Stephen Lang