Finder fails to find a keeper
Walter has an uncanny knack for finding things, writes
OST your keys? Can’t find the remote control? Well, Walter Sherman could be just the guy you need.
But his uncanny knack for tracking down just about anything usually sees the former military man searching for stuff a little more valuable – anything from Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogarty’s missing guitar to a magician’s assistant who disappeared for real during a vanishing act.
That’s the set-up of new series The Finder, which follows Walter (played by Geoff Stults) and his band of colleagues as they search for a wayward item (or person) each episode.
Walter didn’t always have this particular talent, though. After sustaining a brain injury during a tour of duty in Iraq, he went through something of a transformation.
‘‘He went from being this strait-laced military guy to someone a bit more goofy, let’s say,’’ says Mercedes Masohn, who plays Walter’s partner-infinding, US Marshal Isabel Zambada.
‘‘But it also gave him this gift where he can track and locate things most people wouldn’t be able to find. He can look at the world and deduce things from the small amount of information he receives, information that wouldn’t really work for anyone else.’’
Making up the rest of Walter’s team is Leo Knox (Michael Clarke Duncan), a philosophical and extremely musclebound bar owner, and Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson), a young orphan on probation Leo has taken under his wing.
‘‘It’s this strangely dysfunctional family that helps this one man, simply because he’s adorable and he’s got this gift that can be used for good,’’ Masohn says.
‘‘The show is a procedural but one that’s a bit lighter and more playful than most.’’
Walter and Leo first appeared as recurring characters on mystery series Bones, with series creator Hart Hanson deciding to spin off the characters into their own show and introduce a few new faces, such as Isabel.
‘‘Walter tends to play by his own rules and get himself in trouble, so Isabel is trying to keep him on the right side of the law,’’ Masohn says.
‘‘He doesn’t always abide by it when he goes about his finding activities.’’
And as if that wasn’t hard enough, Masohn says: ‘‘I’m either bailing him out of jail or trying to keep him from being arrested and on top of that we have a relationship, so things become quite convoluted.
‘‘Obviously there was a bit of an attraction between the two early on, but they also realised they could help one another. From there it becomes a bit of a balancing act – Isabel could get in trouble but at the same time she can use his skills.
‘‘So she likes to keep him around because it can make her look good. There’s a lot of love between them.’’
The Swedish-born Masohn’s credits include Castle, Entourage and Chuck but The Finder is her biggest role to date, and she is both excited and realistic about what lies ahead.
‘‘I can’t describe what’s happened to me so far as anything else but luck because you hear about people in this industry who’ve been struggling for decades without catching a break,’’ she says.
‘‘If The Finder doesn’t get picked up, I may never work again. If things don’t happen from here and I make it to 80, I’ll still be able to say, ‘Well, I tried’.’’
Well, there are two parts to the end of this story. Sadly, The Finder only lasted one season on the air. Happily, though, Masohn has already landed her next gig – she’ll appear opposite Australian actress Rachael Taylor and Lost star Terry O’Quinn on the spooky (and supposedly quite good) drama 666 Park Avenue.
Ten, Ten SC.