Finder fails to find a keeper

Wal­ter has an un­canny knack for find­ing things, writes

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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.

Mon­days, 9.30pm,

Ge­off Stults.

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