The Unit is in reruns for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we continue shooting new episodes for the coming year.
Sharon of Sharon Bialy/Sherry Thomas casting has been moving in warp drive trying to cast David Mamet's up-coming script that requires 21 guest actors before the first day of shooting. She's used to the challenges of casting for The Unit. Like finding an actor who can speak Pashto, an Afghanistan language, and who can also ride a horse. This was needed in "Shadow Riders," which followed the Unit's quest to deliver a bride to a groom in order to barter a truce between warring Afghanistan tribes.
In each episode, Sharon's hawk-eyes and ears are focused on the credibility and authenticity ...
"Into Hell," Part 1 and 2, follows the plot of the kidnapping of Jonas and Molly Blane's daughter, Betsy, while she is serving in Afghanistan. It is the Unit's mission to bring her back home alive. Tiffy, admitting to her affair with Colonel Ryan, leads to the team's vote — by throwing knives into the sand — to support her husband Mack's long-awaited revenge. Molly loses it in Part 1, trying to get a message to the press about her daughter, in spite of the fact that the wives are undercover. That prompts the military to take Molly into custody.
One evening this week, I catch up with Angel Wainwright, who plays my TV daughter, Betsy ...
Last week's episode of The Unit (Sundays at 10 pm/ET, CBS), "Dancing Lessons," continues into this week's "Inquisition" with team husbands having protested putting their wives in the line of fire as Molly, Kim and Tiffy are asked to spy for their country by rooting out cell families.
Molly's assignment is to keep a watchful eye on the mysterious Susan Gillum, played by Ann Cusack.
Ann is tall, smart and fierce, with sharp shards of humor reflecting in her eyes. As an actress, Ann is a shape-shifter in each of the various roles she has inhabited. She is ...
In " Sex Trade" – this week's installment of The Unit –Jonas and the team goes undercover to contact a nuclear weapon's smuggler who's also involved in smuggling young women for prostitution. Bridget Sullivan (Nicole Steinwedell) as the new female operative on the team continues to prove herself. Meanwhile the wives take on their new identities. Molly becomes VP of marketing for a mystery company, Tiffy becomes a high school teacher, and Kim becomes a nanny- a bittersweet reminder that she had to leave her own children behind in the transfer.
Read much more from Regina - including her thoughts on the election campaigns, and her interview with Unit newcomer Nicole - after the jump.
"Sudden Flight" continues the unimaginable plotline that began last week. America's president-elect has been assassinated. Determined to reel in the terrorists, the team boards an international flight using a scientist with secrets as bait. Meanwhile the team wives drop anchor in a new home with new identities. Missing what they've left behind, the adjustment is hard. Kim, especially — missing her two older children and a newborn — tries to get back "home."
As we came back to work in July on this new season, the writers' stike that slowed the industry earlier in the year was resolved along with a new agreement with the Directors Guild. The actors returned without a new contract, and to date there is an impasse. People are tense waiting for a resolution, and many projects have been suspended. There are rumors that SAG will turn over the question of whether to strike to its members any day. There is an uneasiness, a tension as to which way to turn to secure our future.
Certainly these are uneasy times in this country as the economy crashes and we search for weapons of mass destruction and we look outside and within as pundents argue over who's to blame.... We look for a change. Who's going to turn things around? Even as we hurdle forward into the unknown, into the unpredictable and unprecedented future, the question keeps circling back around to: What are we willing to sacrifice to get back to where we want to go?
"And the times, they are a-changing."
Read much more from Regina after the jump.