By Paula Hendrickson
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue