TNT’s ever-robust summertime slate continued to unspool on Monday night with the premiere King & Maxwell, a drama inspired by a series of David Baldacci novels. But will the TV version prove to be a page-turner?
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The light drama stars Jon Tenney (The Closer) and Rebecca Romijn (Ugly Betty) as the titular Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, former Secret Service agents who now work as private eyes after setbacks in their previous jobs (in the form of an assassination and a kidnapping, respectively).
In the series opener (which was loosely based on Baldacci’s The Sixth Man), Sean’s lawyer friend Ted is murdered under mysterious circumstances. Looking into the crime, all while dogged by nosy FBI agents, Sean turns to Edgar Roy (Sons of Anarchy‘s Ryan Hurst), an accused serial killer — and autistic savant — that Ted was defending.
As the pilot unfolded, the largely mute Edgar’s cryptic reference to “The Wall” was revealed — in the form of a bank of satellite surveillance monitors that he, as a “real-time intelligence analysis” guinea pig of sorts for the government, would monitor (and “consume” with his incredible mind). When Edgar observed a crime that could implicate a defense contractor, a cover-up ensued, with him as the target and Ted’s young new hire an embedded conspirator.
Along the way, we were made privy to King and Maxwell’s rapport with each other, one founded in an obvious respect for each other’s skills and smarts, with (thus far) almost no whiff of flirtatiousness, save for when Michelle changes clothes in front of her partner.