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USA signs up for more In Plain Sight

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 4th 2009 8:02PM
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Things are really cooking at the USA Network. Not only has the new show Royal Pains been renewed for a second season, but Burn Notice is also coming back for a fourth. Law and Order: Criminal Intent is on the verge of being re-upped, and now In Plain Sight has just gotten a pick-up for Season Three.

Wow! Talk about a winning formula. This part of the Universal family, as opposed to NBC, seems to have figured out how to make dramas work and work well.

Earlier this summer, I was singing the praises of In Plain Sight. Nothing that's happened since has made me back off of those thoughts. In Plain Sight is appointment viewing for me now. Mary McCormack's character has evolved, especially now that Mary has accepted Rafe's engagement ring and confided her secret profession -- U.S. Marshall with the Witness Protection Agency -- with him.

Then there's the ongoing mystery of Marshall Shannon's father. Did he really have another family or was that "sister" who showed up just an FBI ruse to entrap Mary's family? It seemed to be the latter, but the story remain unresolved. My pet theory is that Richard Schiff's character -- the New York rabbi who appeared earlier this year -- is coming back to find Dad for Mary.

Like Burn and Royal, In Plain Sight's pick-up was for 16 episodes. The drama is averaging more than five million viewers per episode, and the current summer season comes to a close on August 16.

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