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'Unforgettable' star Montgomery wouldn't want super memory syndrome

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TORONTO - Poppy Montgomery says she'd wouldn't want to have permanent hyperthymesia — the "super memory" syndrome experienced by her character on "Unforgettable."

"I think I'd like to test drive it for a day and give it back. I think I'm happy having a regular, old selective memory," the actress said ahead of the crime drama's Season 3 debut Sunday on CTV.

Montgomery returns as Carrie Wells, an NYPD detective with perfect memory recall, an ability possessed by "Taxi" star Marilu Henner, who consults on the show.

"(Henner) said it's sort of like watching a movie. That's how clear her memories are — she can rewind and fast forward and see things like pictures, so that was helpful," said Montgomery.

The Season 3 opener sees Carrie go undercover to bust an Indonesian counterfeiting ring and guest stars "Real Husbands of Hollywood" actor Boris Kodjoe as a secret service agent, who battles Carrie's partner Al Burns for her affection. Dylan Walsh ("Nip/Tuck"), plays Carrie's ex-lover and partner. Throughout the series, the pair has shared chemistry that simmers but never quite boils over, no doubt leaving fans wondering if Season Three may advance the romance.

"It's definitely still there and they explore it but that's all I'm allowed to say," Montgomery said during in a phone interview while on set in New York.

CBS cancelled "Unforgettable" after its first season but revived it for a summer run in Season 2. The second season saw the setting jump from Queens to the major crimes unit in Manhattan. That meant losing all of the supporting characters except for chief medical examiner Joanne Webster, played by Jane Curtin. This season will see the return of characters from Season 2, including James Hiroyuki Liao playing detective Jay Lee and Dallas Roberts playing the head of the unit, Eliot Delson.

Throughout the seasons, Carrie has also changed, said Montgomery. A significant part of her character in Season 1 was informed by the one memory Carrie could not recall — the murder of her sister.

"In Season 1 she was very sombre and tortured," said Montgomery. "In Season 2 they really lightened her up to make peace with her past and move on. There's a much lighter, brighter tone to her now."

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