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There is nothing more satisfying than the world of film and television. I'm a filmmaker, director, writer and TV show fanatic.. I have few things that inspire me in this world but two of the most solid forces in my life are Poppy Montgomery and New York City.. I want to make the world a better, more equal and loving place.. This is my Life.. Through the lens

Poppy Montgomery: Aussie starlet, TV Show headlining Veteran

To prove as an actor/actress that you have the strength, drive and talent to engage an audience and headline a feature film or a TV series is for the most part the beating force of any acting hopeful. It grabs hold of those special few who are steadfast in their craft and have a clear headedness when moving into new productions, working partnerships and endeavours. This clarity is an essential part of over coming obstacles and wading through the messes that can often arise in the entertainment industry. Carrying productions is a scary, hopeful, daunting, life changing experience with many over tones of doubt but when gifted with all of the aforementioned qualities, it becomes a path that an actor/actress would never dream of giving up without a fight… And fight for everything they do.

“Poppy Montgomery to star as lead in… is a familiar yet distinctive headline. It has been a prominent sentence accompanying the Australian native for much of her career but became a steadfast tag after she was cast as Marilyn Monroe in the 2001 CBS mini series Blonde which depicted a mixed tale of fictional biographical and real life events of the american Actress and model; sharing glimpses of her childhood years, marriages, family and career.

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Montgomery as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde – CBS (2001)

After this portrayal, the next “headlining” part Montgomery was cast in, was that of Samantha Spade in the, once again CBS driven, mystery drama Without A Trace which follows the cases and lives of agents of a Missing Persons Unit (MPU) of the FBI in New York City. From 2002 to 2009 Montgomery defined the female lead character and developed an audience that craved her strength, vulnerability and her tact in performing a role that while physically beautiful, gave heart and drive to a woman in a man’s world.

As the seasons stretched on, we follow Montgomery’s character on personal, professional and emotional crusades; mixed with triumphs and failures. Work as an FBI agent in the MPU would be hard at the best of times and anyone would find it difficult to keep it all together and that’s part of the reason why her audience grew with such an intensity; the portrayal of Samantha Spade by Montgomery, with all the flaws, intricacies and fallacies of an everyday person, while wearing her FBI Cape, gave many viewers the power to feel like they could make it through anything in due time.

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Montgomery as FBI Agent Samantha Spade – CBS (2002 – 2009)

It seems that Montgomery has found her niche for playing lead roles in TV Land, managing to be cast in yet another CBS show, crime drama Unforgettable in 2011. Fans from all over the world were over joyed to hear of her casting in another strong lead role; another law enforcement placement nonetheless!

Unforgettable centres its throws around Carrie Wells, a former homicide detective with hyperthymesia which allows her to have perfect recall, who is persuaded to re- join the NYPD in Queens by old flame Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), 9 years after leaving their hometown of Syracuse because of the investigation into her sister’s murder having being shut down. Using her Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) Wells is often the clue to solving most of their cases.

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Montgomery as Det. Carrie Wells and Dylan Walsh as Lieutant Al Burns – Unforgettable (2011 – 2016)

But, not everything would seem worth remembering after CBS cancelled the crime drama after only 1 season, leaving fans far and wide wondering what ever did happen to that Detective and her memory?. It wasn’t until 2013 that the show was resurrected from the ashes for a second and then consecutive third season, running 13 episodes a piece. CBS however didn’t feel it could run with the show much longer and cancelled it shortly after the end of the third season. But like anything good in life, the show seemed to have made waves and rippled its way onto cable network A&E who picked up the procedural for its fourth and as of yet, its finale season.

Across its many lives, the show took on some changes, in both cast, setting and overall tone. The only constant remaining was that of the lead roles, both Montgomery and Walsh remained a dependable duo, giving viewers some of the best chemistry on television to date. While fan hearts all over the world were missing beats shipping the pair right until the end,  Montgomery’s Wells drew its own solo crowd. The vulnerable but headstrong Wells gave viewers a platform to remind themselves that while things can be tough and bad things happen, your allowed to bend, break, rebuild and carry on in your own way. The sensitivity of the character given by Montgomery also shadowed glimpses to the weight of having such a “gift” and being able to do your best with what your given, rather than letting the pressure destroy you completely.

With Unforgettable‘s heartbreaking and for most fans, untimely cancellation came that ever distinctive headline of “Poppy Montgomery to star as lead in…”  This time in a CBS remake of Aussie comedy Upper Middle Bogan for US audiences titled Furst Born.

With so many successes under her belt already, most believe, that this will not be huge leap for the actress. While a categorical change, Montgomery has the headline acting chops to accompany any production into new territory. With hands at the helm like, Todd HollandDan O’shannon and original Aussie series creators Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope the whole concept, production, cast and crew seem to be in safe, diverse, storm handling ready hands.

Mel Walker – Writer, PM Daily.

Poppy Montgomery: How the TV Actress is capturing hearts, minds and shaping lives all over the globe.

Like many others around the world, I often find myself huddled behind my laptop or on my phone, scanning my social media news feeds for interesting topics, pictures and events – BUT what I am really searching for is any news related to a certain auburn haired, Aussie native, Poppy Montgomery.

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Poppy Montgomery

I am no stranger to scoping out pics, articles and re-watching episodes of Without A Trace  and Unforgettable to get my fix of the TV Industry veteran but it wasn’t until recently that I thought to myself, I know how much I respect, admire and appreciate her, but what about others from across the globe? I can readily admit that I AM A FANGIRL and wanted to know in what company I was in.

So, I reached out via The PM Daily’s multiple social media platform accounts and began my investigation; asking questions as to the nature of the following Poppy Montgomery has gathered and just what makes people everywhere admire her so much.

Now we all know that she has the acting chops! Our little ray of sunshine needs no introduction to being cast as a lead role in a TV series, but I wanted to know what everyday people thought. I managed to find a young woman from the UK by the name of Charlotte Burrows, who like many others I had interviewed had a love for Poppy. I felt her sincerity to be as beautiful as the object of our conversation.

So here it is, my interview with Charlotte Burrows, UK, (Instagram: Poppyspetal_). I asked questions, got lots of passionate responses and felt like I had immersed myself into a world of pure joy, love, acceptance and true admiration.

I started my enquiry off with the blanket question every fan wants to answer and from there tightened the direction of the answers I was seeking.

The PM Daily – What does Poppy Montgomery mean to you and what’s one thing she has taught you about life?

Charlotte Burrows, UK (Poppyspetal_)- “Poppy Montgomery means the world to me! She has taught me to love myself for who I am and to live for tomorrow! She is an amazing actress and an even better role model to everyone. I just want to thank her for everything and for all the times she’s noticed me.”

I was immediately thrown into all of my fangirl feels with the response I received to this basic, yet all consuming question. After the blanket question was out of the way I got down to business, asking questions I know other fans out there had.

The PM Daily – What are your thoughts on shows like Without A Trace and Unforgettable?

Charlotte Burrows, UK (Poppyspetal_)- “Unforgettable and Without A Trace are two shows I turn to when I have down days and when I need cheering up!”

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Poppy Montgomery on the set of Unforgettable

I smile at this response, as it had not been the first time I had heard this response. It had been the scope of the majority of answers I had received from others. I realised I was in good company. Although some of the material in both shows is something less than cheerful, I felt that both resonate with fans because of how they characters are portrayed rather in accordance to the story lines being told.

One of the burning questions I was grappling with was what others thought about the season four finale of Unforgettable. I used this time to tackle it head on. What did others think and feel about how the show had now ended; with no season 5 being ordered by A&E.

The PM Daily – What didi you think about the season 4 finale of Unforgettable and what would a 5th season mean to you?

Charlotte Burrows, UK (Poppyspetal_) – “Ah! I haven’t seen the 4th season yet as it hasn’t aired here in the UK yet and I haven’t found anywhere to watch it online either!. But a 5th season would be good because then I would be able to see my idol on TV for longer, especially as Carrie Wells as she reminds me of myself; a bit of a risk taker, etc. I also want to be a cop when I graduate university!”

This answer had surprised me. Although the 4th season hadn’t long since finished, it didn’t occur to me that other people from all over the world hadn’t seen how the season/ entire show had ended. I promised no spoilers so that she could watch it herself and gauge on her own what she felt about it. I then moved my enquiry to something that has plagued the film/ TV industry this year; Equality – in both sex and race.

The PM Daily – Do you think women are given the same shot at lead roles as men are and how do you think Poppy Montgomery has bucked this trend?

Charlotte Burrows, UK (Poppyspetal_) – “That’s a difficult question! You don’t always see women in lead roles but when you do they smash it! I believe that it should be an equal role, which I think it is becoming. Poppy is such a stunning and sensational actress that she could take on any role and smash it! I’m glad she got the lead role in crime series! It shows an actors ability more and whether they can grasp the audience; and clearly Poppy has, as her fans are just fabulous!”

 

With the question Poppy being cast in a dramatic crime procedural sense having being addressed, I turned my thoughts to her newest casting in Furst Born, an American remake of the Aussie inspired comedy Upper Middle Bogan. 

The PM Daily – Poppy has been cast as the lead in a Comedy series for CBS. How do you think she will handle the comedy category?

Charlotte Burrows, UK (Poppyspetal_) –“Well, watching her in previous films, such as Lying to be Perfectthere were moments of comedic humour in that! Now she can take on any genre and will do amazingly! Poppy could act in anything and give it her all. She is such a diverse actress, I believe that she will handle this category as she always does! She will smash it!”

I can’t help but feel joyful at the answer to this question! It is like hearing the words come right out of my own mouth. But when it comes to handling yourself on and off screen there is often a lot of judgement. Many women in the film and TV industry are often ridiculed and ostracised for how they handle being a working mum. I felt it necessary to get to ask about how ordinary people think Poppy handles being a mom and an actress. The answers I received were not surprising!

The PM Daily – As we are sure you are aware, Poppy has kids and hubby Shawn! How do you think she takes on the stereotype of a working mom in Hollywood? Is she different to many other moms on the acting scene?

Charlotte Burrows, UK (Poppyspetal_) – “Poppy looks like such a fun mom, who has a laugh with her kids and takes them out for ice cream and days at the park. You can tell she loves her kids with all her heart, and I believe, these are all necessities for being a great mom! Working wise, I see that, no matter what, she makes sure she has time for her kids and her hubby! She handles the balance really well and this is why she is loved dearly by a lot of people!”

Obviously people will feel we are a little biased given the fact that we are in fact a site dedicated solely to the actress but we feel that we give a rounded view on the issues of the world and how they pertain to the actress! We would like to thank Charlotte Burrows for taking the time to talk with us and share her views on just what its like to be a member of the Poppy Nation from thousands of miles from where the actress currently resides. We think that her answers and knowledge of our Aussie export is testament to just how much of an impact the Actress has as a leading lady and a role model.

In coming issues we will explore more answers to these questions as well as others put to us on The PM Daily website

Mel Walker for The PM Daily

 

Poppy Montgomery to star in CBS remake of Aussie comedy for US audiences

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Poppy Montgomery – 55th Monte Carlo Television Festival

The Unforgettable star, is now set to headline a single camera comedy after CBS orders an American remake inspired by the Australian comedy Upper Middle Bogan.

The potential series follows Bess (Montgomery) a Dr, wife and mother of twins as she discovers that she is adopted and her biological parents are a clan of over the top, but loving family of drag racers.

Set to star along side Montgomery is fellow Aussie and Upper Middle Bogan Alum Patrick Brammall,  who is reprising his role as Danny for the inspired remake.

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Patrick Brammall as Danny in Upper Middle Bogan

The network is keeping the production in the family with episodes being penned and produced by Dan O’Shannon  (Modern Family) alongside the original Aussie series creators Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope.  Todd Holland is set to direct the ordered episodes.

The casting of Montgomery marks a turn for the actress who has been headlining procedural drama Unforgettable until its recent cancellation making her available and highly sort after. This is not the first stint at CBS for the Aussie native who stared as Samantha Spade in long running FBI procedural Without A Trace.

While a  categorical departure for the star, Furst Born, should not be a stretch in any sense of the means for the TV veteran, a welcome edition to any production.

We look forward to seeing where Montgomery and the rest of the production are headed.

The PM Daily