The Librarians return to TNT tomorrow, December 13th at 8/7c for their fourth season and I could not be more excited!
In case this is the first you’ve heard of The Librarians, let me give you a primer. I’ll try to be brief, but there’s a lot to cover!
The Librarian is a character created by American producer/screenwriter David Titcher who — with producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment — pitched a made-for-tv movie to TNT who greenlit the project. The first film released in 2004.
The powers that be cast Noah Wyle (while in his ER prime) to play Flynn Carsen, a lifetime student with 22 academic degrees and a really uneasy social disposition. Carsen receives a job invitation to the Metropolitan Public Library which turns out to be a sort-of front for a repository of recovered magical items. These items are held here to protect them from the evils of the world. If you’re intrigued, now’s the time to start watching the movie – The Librarian: Quest for the Spear!
I love these movies. Comedy, adventure, fantasy, references to real-life literary/historical tales, and yes, a little campy at times. The series also boasted names like Jane Curtin (3rd Rock, Coneheads), Bob Newhart (Bob freaking Newhart, duh), Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice), Erick Avari (JAG, Mr. Deeds, Stargate), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek Next Gen), and more.
John Rodgers is another American writer that you may know. In fact, he’s a creator/co-creator of many things you may remember! In television: Cosby, Jackie Chan Adventures, Leverage, Eureka, Red Skies, and more. Movies: Transformers, Catwoman, American Outlaws, The Core. Comics: DC Comics (co-creating Jaime Reyes as the Blue Beetle), BOOM! Studios, and IDW Publishing (writing the Dungeons & Dragons comic series).
Rodgers also gets credited for picking up The Librarian franchise and developing it into what premiered December 4th, 2014: The Librarians – a direct spinoff of the films featuring new characters, new adventures, a fantastic ensemble of actors (bringing guest appearances by Jane Curtin as Charlene and Bob Newhart as Judson, and introducing John Larroquette as the caretaker of the Annex, Jenkins).
From here the series great reviews and continues the family-friendly trend with 3 seasons of 10 episodes per season. We watch a team of new Librarians figure and fight their way through artifacts and evildoers, all the while growing their character development and expanding their storylines. Flynn pops in periodically when something of great importance is happening (he is the head librarian, after all) while Colonel Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn) becomes the guardian of the 3 newbies:
Jacob Stone (Christian Kane) – Stone has a deep love for art, history, and architecture. He boasts several honorary degrees and PH. D’s from around the world.
Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth) – Cillian has a superhuman mental acuity for numbers and problem-solving. Unfortunately, we’re lead to believe this is due to the massive, terminal tumor in her brain. She has an incredibly bubbly outlook on life, especially once she discovers magic is real.
Ezekiel Jones (John Harlan Kim) – Jones is a master thief, skilled in sleight of hand, hacking, lockpicking, and security technologies. He also has a keen eye for what something is worth. Partly due to his chosen profession, but partly natural intuition.
I didn’t want to bring a lot of spoilers to catch people up because this is one series I don’t want to spoil for anyone! There’s not much time left, but if you’re interested in binging the show before the new season tomorrow night, you can watch all 3 season on Hulu.
If you’re just behind a few episodes, you can buy on a per-episode basis or by season on Amazon.
And finally, here’s the trailer for season 4!
The Librarians | Season 4 trailer
And a teaser for the two-hour special!
the librarians | season 4 sneak peek
And because I’m feeling the Christmas/Holiday spirit, a promo for S4E2!
the librarians | season 4, episode 2 promo
While he's not reminiscing fondly over his ill-gotten acorn collection, you can also catch him pretending to know anything at all about audio while trying to produce this train wreck they call a podcast in his "studio," which is nothing more than an multidimensional pocket shimmed between the fabric of space-time. That's where sasquatches live, you know.