Tube Talk: ‘The Librarians’ debuts Dec. 7 on TNT

Christian Kane (from left), Noah Wyle and Lindy Booth in TNT’s “The Librarians.”
Christian Kane (from left), Noah Wyle and Lindy Booth in TNT’s “The Librarians.”

By Paula Hendrickson
Contributing Writer

Over the past 10 years, it seems Noah Wyle has become the poster boy for TNT.

The former ER star first played Flynn Carsen, an adventurous, Indiana Jones-like, globe-hopping librarian in 2004’s made-for-TV movie The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, and later reprised the role for The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines in 2006, and in 2008’s The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice. Wyle currently stars in TNT’s sci-fi summer drama Falling Skies, but made the time to revive Carsen as a recurring character on the new series, The Librarians.

Also back for the ride are television legends Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin in supporting roles as Judson and Charlene. But the TV series follows a new team of librarians recruited by Carsen to help him find and secure magical artifacts. The new crew includes Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, Ugly Betty), John Laroquette (Night Court), Christian Kane (Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Copper, The 4400), and John Kim (Neighbours). Wyle won’t be on every episode, but his presence will be felt.

My favorite part of the casting? Kane plays against his typical tough guy persona as the team’s resident art historian. An ax-wielding art historian, sure, but it’s still a nice twist.

Some fans might complain that the show’s focus on finding magical, historic artifacts sounds an awful lot like Syfy’s popular series Warehouse 13, which ended its run earlier this year. But the fact is this franchise pre-dates Warehouse 13 by five years.

One thing to look forward to is seeing Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Burn Notice) guest star as Santa Claus in the Christmas episode, just don’t expect him to be the jolly old elf we’re used to. You know any show casting cult favorite Campbell as Santa doesn’t take itself too seriously.

You can expect The Librarians to be fun, fast-paced and funny.

You can also expect the series premiere to be a two-hour event much like the TV movies that inspired it. The series premieres Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Central on TNT.

Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine and Variety, and has been published in numerous national publications, including American Bungalow, Television Week and TVGuide. Follow her on Twitter at P_Hendrickson and send your suggestions to tubetalking-paula@yahoo.com.

From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue

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8 thoughts on “Tube Talk: ‘The Librarians’ debuts Dec. 7 on TNT

  • December 3, 2014 at 7:08 am
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    I totally abt the great casting of Christian Kane as Jake Stone! Solooking forward to him being in a series again! Love Leverage and since they same folks that brought us that show are bringing us The Librarians!! it has got to be a winner! thanks for sharing!

  • December 4, 2014 at 11:14 am
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    So looking forward to this whimsical, entertaining series with the always adorable Christian Kane.

  • December 4, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    I can’t wait for this series!! So much talent, such a fun premise and of course (for us Kaniacs) the best part is Christian Kane. :) I’ll be watching!

  • December 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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    Thank you so much for bringing the world christian kane back onto our screen loved leverage so The Librarians will be great thanks for sharing

  • December 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm
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    I liked the movie franchise with Noah Wylie, so really looking forward to seeing ‘The Librarians’. From all the trailers & teasers I’ve seen, it looks like it’s going to be a fun way to spend an hour each week.

  • December 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm
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    You nailed it with your comment about #ChristianKane! I can’t wait to see him in his role as #JacobStone. He’s a wonderfully talented actor, singer, songwriter, and even cook! I understand he’s gets to show us his comic side more in #TheLibrarians than he got to in #Leverage. I’m really looking forward to that too. Just 1 more day!! 😀

  • December 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm
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    I am totally loving The Librarians series. Christian Kane is great as Jacob Stone. Maybe in future seasons we will get to hear him sing.

  • December 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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    I lived the debut of the Librarians! A new weekly must see for me!

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