Terra Nova's Stephen Lang Cast as In Plain Sight Dad; Mary McCormack Is 'Looking Forward to It'

Terra Nova‘s Stephen Lang has landed a multi-episode arc on the fifth and final season of In Plain Sight, playing the pivotal role of Mary Shannon’s oft-mentioned and extremely troubled father, TV Guide Magazine reports.

“My father comes back — finally — and I’m looking forward to it,” star Mary McCormack told TVLine last month of Sight‘s swan song. After all, she says, you can’t end the series without addressing Mary’s long-festering daddy issues head on. “Its a big part of why she is the way she is.”

As fans of the USA Network drama know well, Lang’s character, James Wiley Shannon, is a fugitive who abandoned his daughter some 30 years ago and has lived a life on the run ever since.

In Plain Sight‘s final season — which consists of just eight episodes — kicks off Friday, March 16 at 10/9c. (With reporting by Matt Mitovich)

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  1. Tay says:

    Awesome! he was great in Avatar.

  2. Annie says:

    Awesome! He’s the main reason I watch Terra Nova (and still hold out a glimmer of hope it gets renewed). Can’t wait to see him and Mary interact!

    • shaon taylor says:

      I feel the same way about Terra Nova! And I love In Plain Sight,will miss it, but this is a great choice for her dad!

  3. DeeJay says:

    I also am keeping my fingers crossed for Terra Nova’s renewal, but will be very happy to see this incredibly talented man turn up in something else as well, if even for just a few episodes. Great News!

  4. kate says:

    this is great news, I’m so happy that they’re dealing with her father after 4 years of it.

  5. maggie says:

    I’m so sad that “In Plain Sight” is ending. It seems like it still has a lot of life left in the show. It has strong stories and good ratings, and should be kept on the air.

  6. mtra11 says:

    Will really miss In Plain Sight. Wish it were not ending. Am glad,however, that the father issue will be dealt with.

  7. Stuart says:

    So, he’s playing a character with the same name as Jason O’Mara’s on Terra Nova. Weird.

  8. socalgal says:

    Dad will have been in the witness protection program. Saw this coming for two seasons. Make sense though.

  9. gcem says:

    …and Maria Bello is cast as Mary’s long-lost separated-at-birth twin sister (fingers crossed.)

  10. Bill H says:

    Glad that they’re ending that story arc. The thing that bothers me the most in the article is the the season is only 8 episodes long. What cheap asses.

  11. Doug-H says:

    8 Episodes is half a season which is how USA also ended Law and Order CI… What I can’t wait is for the end of Breaking Bad when the White family is ushered into WITSEC by Mary Shannon to another city…

  12. zee says:

    all i want is Mary and Marshall.. end game… the dad piece is awesome too though

  13. Lydia says:

    Actually in plain sight used that name first, but whatever

  14. Anne says:

    Any chance of network changing their mind on the cancellation? There are so few shows on tv worth watching anymore. This one I enjoy.

  15. Carole says:

    Is the baby Mary’s real life baby? She’s adorable.