The Librarians

Do you enjoy the generic sci-fi action movies and books? What if there was a TV show to bring it to life in new ways. “The Librarians” is a TNT comic adventure series. These librarians are tasked with maintaining a secret library where the world’s magical artifacts are kept: the ark of the covenant and the sword Excalibur, for instance. This job involves more than just dusting display cases. These librarians attempt to gather the world’s magical powers so that they don’t fall into the wrong hands, especially the hands of the nefarious members of the Serpent Brotherhood.


That’s the idea of the series, which began in December. If it sounds familiar that’s because the show is based on three made-for-television “Librarian” movies that enjoyed moderate success, the most recent in 2008. Fans of those films will enjoy seeing Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin reprise their roles (if briefly) in the series premiere. Also back is Noah Wyle as Flynn, who for a decade has been the sole librarian but by the time the premiere is over has picked up three smart sidekicks (Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim).


He has also acquired, somewhat reluctantly, a guardian (Rebecca Romijn), whose job is to protect him and the other librarians. The series aims for the sass and fast-paced escapades of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and such. That requires a comic tone and timing that haven’t quite gelled in the early going, though John Larroquette as Jenkins, the librarians’ minder, helps considerably when he finally shows up in the second of the premiere’s two episodes.


If this gets you interested in the show, you can find episodes on TNT’s website to catch up before the show gets far ahead of you. You can also catch all of the recent and soon to be new episodes on TNT.