If you haven’t seen any of the Librarian TV movies, you are actually missing out. The films are one part Indiana Jones and one part Warehouse 13. The first few feature Bob Newhart as the caretaker of a library that contains the great treasures and secrets of history. Noah Wyle (ER, Falling Skies) plays the jr Librarian and is sent on missions around the world to recover dangerous artifacts. The movies were a lot of fun to watch and were always packed with a great combo of action and humor. Now, TNT is taking it one step further and making a Librarians TV show.
This time around, it looks like Wyle’s character will have a team to work with including: Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Kim and John Larroquette. I’m very excited to see Christian Kane in the series. He was great on Angel and on Leverage. It’s also great to see John Larroquette, whom I loved watching as a kid on Night Court. I’m guessing that he’ll be taking over the role of Bob Newhart. A final bit of awesomeness is that Max Headroom himself, Matt Frewer (Falling Skies, Eureka) is taking on the role of the show’s antagonist.
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 to defend the Library from dark magic, including Eve Baird (Romijn), a highly skilled counter-terrorism agent who is responsible for protecting the group and keeping them all alive; Jacob Stone (Kane), an Oklahoma oil worker with an IQ of 190 and an encyclopedic knowledge of art history; Cassandra Cillian (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 who has sticky fingers.
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 (Matt Frewer).