EXCLUSIVE: Ed Decter and John Strauss have signed on as the new executive producers/showrunners on USA Network’s drama In Plain Sight. The There’s Something About Mary scribes will succeed John McNamara who served as executive producer/showrunner this past season. McNamara left the series in the summer for medical reasons. As a result, In Plain Sight’s third season was shortened from 16 to 13 episodes. In July, shortly after the third season wrapped with an average of 5.2 million viewers, 1.8 million in them in the adults 18-49 demographic, USA renewed In Plain Sight for 2 more seasons.
Decter and Strauss’ whose writing credits include the two Santa Claus sequels and the 2007 NBC pilot The Watch, are said to be huge fans of USA’s U.S. marshal drama starring Mary McCormack. Despite their expansive comedy background, the two plan to stay true to the show’s format and tone while keeping with McCormack’s character’s witty banter. On the development side, WME-repped Decter and Strauss have Big Mike, a Sony TV/Happy Madison project about a plus-sized detective, in the works at A&E.