TNT Officially Greenlights ‘The Librarians’ Series: Rebecca Romijn to Lead, Noah Wyle to Recur
Some months ago, we heard the surprising news that TNT would look to adapt its Noah Wyle-starring adventurer film trilogy, ‘The Librarian,’ for an ongoing TV series, with Wyle potentially reprising the title role. Now, the cable network has made things official with a 10-episode order and a cast that includes Rebecca Romijn, John Larroquette, and original series stars Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin.
Executive produced by Dean Devlin and original series star Noah Wyle, who himself will make recurring guest appearances outside of ‘Falling Skies,’ the new 10-episode series based on the hit films will debut sometime in late 2014, adding to its titular cast ‘Angel’ and ‘Leverage’ star Christian Kane, ‘Dawn of the Dead”s Lindy Booth, John Kim and John Larroquette.
Meanwhile, here’s how TNT describes the original movie franchise and its subsequent TV iteration:
‘The Librarians’ centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. Among the artifacts housed in the Library are the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny, the Judas Chalice and Excalibur, to name a few. Only a person with special skills could be responsible for collecting and protecting these artifacts, and more importantly, for preventing them from falling into the wrong hands.
For the past 10 years, Flynn Carsen (Wyle) has served as the Librarian. Prior to taking the job, he was a bookish nerd with 22 academic degrees and absolutely no social skills. As Librarian, however, he managed to use his extraordinary knowledge, successfully recovering ancient artifacts and, in the process, saving the world from unspeakable evil on more than one occasion. Over the last decade he’s gone from bookworm to dashing swashbuckler, one of the secret heroes of the hidden world.
As great as Flynn is, the job of Librarian has become more than one person can handle. To aid him in his duties, the Library has recruited four people from around the world, including Eve Baird (Romijn), a highly skilled counter-terrorism agent who is responsible for protecting the group and keeping them all alive; Jake Stone (Kane), an Oklahoma oil worker with an IQ of 190 and an encyclopedic knowledge of art history; Cassandra (Booth), a quirky young woman with the special gift of auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval, known as synesthesia; and Ezekiel Jones (Kim), a master of new technologies and aficionado of old classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery.
Overseeing the new team of Librarians is the somewhat cantankerous Jenkins (Larroquette), an expert in ancient lore who has been working out of the Library’s branch office for longer than anyone knows. Together, they must tangle with many adversaries, chief of whom is the Serpent Brotherhood, an ancient cult led by the mysterious immortal Dulaque (Frewer).
‘The Librarian’ films certainly had enough of a following to warrant a return to the franchise. In the meantime, what do you think? Will ‘The Librarians’ live up to the same swashbuckling standard without Noah Wyle at the helm?