It’s official: As foretold by TVLine back in February, TNT has formally ordered a straight-to-series version of its popular Librarian movie franchise with Rebecca Romijn set to star.
Titled The Librarians, the 10-episode project centers on four ordinary people with extraordinary talents who discover that they have been selected by Noah Wyle’s Flynn to work for The Library, an ancient fellowship of knowledge and heroism. The quartet travels the world investigating strange occurrences, battling ancient conspiracies and protecting the innocent from the dangerous, secret world of magic.
The cast also includes Christian Kane (Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead,The Philanthropist), John Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) and John Larroquette (Night Court).
Wyle, who’s currently starring in TNT’s Falling Skies (which returns with its fourth season this June), will recur in the series and serve as an exec producer. Joining Wyle are franchise vets Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, who will reprise their respective roles as Judson and Charlene.
The series is being built around the premise that the job of Librarian has become more than one person can handle. Enter Eve Baird (Romijn), who’s described as “a highly skilled counter-terrorism agent responsible for protecting the group”; 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.” Larroquette’s character, Jenkins, will serve as the quartet’s reluctant, sometimes cantankerous caretaker; he’s worked at the Library’s branch office “for longer than anyone knows” and has extensive knowledge of ancient lore.
Chief among our protagonists’ adversaries will be the Serpent Brotherhood, a cult led by the mysterious immortal Dulaque, a recurring role played by Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, Falling Skies).
The Librarians is slated to launch later this year.
The first pic in the trilogy, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, aired on TNT in 2004, and was followed by 2006′s The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines and 2008′s The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.