‘Unforgettable’ year for Poppy Montgomery continues with return of hit series
In the past year, Poppy Montgomery found out her TV series “Unforgettable” was cancelled, she was pregnant and in a surprising turn of events, that the show would be returning.
“It was a good roller-coaster for sure,” Montgomery tells CTV.ca with a laugh. “It all happened very quickly.”
Montgomery says she found out the show, which returns to CTV Sunday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET, would get a second season when she was three months pregnant. She returned to work just three weeks after her daughter’s birth.
“I was kind of preparing for it the whole time but it’s still not easy when you’re holding that beautiful little angel in your hands and you’re like, ‘I have to go work 16 hours now. Bye!’ But it’s been great, she’s a very mellow baby and the show’s running really smoothly so it’s actually been really perfect,” says Montgomery, who also has a five-year-old son.
In “Unforgettable,” Montgomery plays NYPD Det. Carrie Wells, a woman with a super autobiographical memory that gives her the ability to remember every detail from past situations, except the events surrounding the murder of her sister years earlier.
When Season 1 left off, Carrie was still looking for the man who killed her sister and while this will be touched upon in Season 2, Montgomery says it won’t be the focus.
“That’s definitely in the cards and we have to solve that because I personally need to know what happened . . . so I think eventually we’ll find that out but this season we’re focusing a lot on new cases and a new environment, which is great.”
Season 2 has Carrie and her partner (and ex-boyfriend) Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), along with medical examiner Joanne Webster (Jane Curtin), moving from the Homicide Division in Queens to the Major Crimes Division in Manhattan, where they will investigate everything from bank robberies and kidnappings to hostage situations.
“It gives us a much broader scope and Carrie gets to go undercover and pretend to be a bad guy. There’s a lot of great stuff we get to do this season.”
Montgomery adds that the relationship between Carrie and Al will also be at the forefront, after the couple reunited in the Season 1 finale.
“Their relationship is complicated. I think that right now I think the dynamic between them is you’re always wondering, are they going to kiss or fight? There’s a little bit of both with them, they’re always very engaged whether it’s at opposites or in harmony and that’s what’s so great about them.”
The new season of “Unforgettable” will also welcome new series regulars Dallas Roberts as Eliot Delson, the head of the Major Crimes Division, Tawny Cypress as ex-FBI agent Cherie Rollins-Murray and James Hiroyuki Liao as Major Crimes team member Jay Lee.
But with all the changes for the series, Montgomery assures loyal fans that all the elements they love about the show will still be there.
“I think the writers and producers have done a wonderful job . . . (the show) has a lot of elements that returning fans will enjoy and great stuff for new people who want to explore it.”
“Unforgettable” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET with full episodes available online at CTV.ca.
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Sheri Block has been covering entertainment for CTV.ca since 2008. In addition to covering Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding in London, Sheri’s highlights have included going on tour with “Canadian Idol,” being a stand-in on “Canada’s Next Top Model” and meeting Colin Farrell at the Toronto International Film Festival.Follow her on Twitter!