Remember last week when I reported that Norman-bred actor Christian Kane had to step away from the cross-country bus tour for the new fact-based sports drama “50 to 1″ because he had a new acting gig?
Well, the rumors and innuendos have finally been confirmed: He has been cast in “The Librarians,” a 10-episode series TNT has given the green light to follow up the network’s hit movie trilogy “The Librarian,” according to Deadline.com.
TNT is staying very much in its family so to speak, as Kane is coming back to the network where his previous caper series “Leverage” aired for five seasons. Even better, the role plays very much into Kane’s Oklahoma roots, as you’ll see in the synopsis below.
Set to premiere in late 2014, “The Librarians” series will have a female lead played by Rebecca Romijn, returning to TNT where she played one of the leads in “King & Maxwell.” Noah Wyle, who starred in “The Librarian” movies, is executive producing and reprising his role in a recurring capacity; because he is the star of another TNT series, “Falling Skies,” he can’t star full time in “The Librarian” series.
Others who have been cast in the series include Lindy Booth (“Copper”) and John Kim (“Neighbors”) as well as “Night Court’s” John Larroquette. Joining Wyle from the movies are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, who also will reprise their roles, with Matt Frewer (TNT’s “Falling Skies”) also set to recur, according to Deadline.com.
The series, which will be produced by the company behind the movies and “Leverage,” Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, is part of TNT’s continued expansion into the action-adventure genre and will likely run in the cable network’s Sunday slot where “Falling Skies” is featured.
“The Librarian” movie franchise began in 2004 with “The Librarian: Quest For The Spear,” which ranked as basic cable’s No. 1 movie of the year, according to Deadline.com. The second installment, “The Librarian: Return To King Solomon’s Mines,” debuted in 2006 and placed among the top five movie telecasts of the year. In 2008, TNT premiered “The Librarian: Curse Of The Judas Chalice” to more than 5.7 million viewers.
The idea for a Librarian series had been around for a while, Deadline.com reports. It was put on hold by a lengthy Writers Guild of America arbitration over the credits for the movies, which recently was successfully resolved, clearing the way for a new installment six years after the third and final movie in the franchise aired. During that time, Electric Entertainment produced the TNT series “Leverage,” Devlin teamed with “Leverage” co-creator John Rogers and approached TNT with an outline for a 10-episode series.
Wyle is expected to appear in the opening two-hour episode, written by Rogers and directed by Devlin, and possibly in the last two episodes. Filming is expected to begin shortly in Portland, Ore., where Electric Entertainment shot “Leverage,” and Kane last week tweeted (@ChristianKane01) from Portland that Devlin and Rogers had cut his trademark long locks. And earlier this week, he tweeted this photo of his new haircut:
Here’s the synopsis, also from Deadline.com:
“The Librarians” centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library that solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. For the past 10 years, Flynn Carsen (Wyle) has served as the Librarian, collecting and protecting these artifacts and preventing them from falling into the wrong hands. But 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: 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 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).