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The Librarian Gets New Life, Jonathan Frakes to Direct

Bill Ivie 05/27/2014 Movies and TV

The Librarian director Jonathan FrakesThe Librarian was previously released by TNT as a trilogy of made-for-tv movies staring Noah Wyle.  Anxious to tap into the material, TNT has decided to revisit the premise for a 10-show series to come out later this season.

The premise centers around an ancient organization that operates out of the Metropolitan Public Library.  The organization “solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world” according to the official website.

The show, The Librarians, will follow a group of people that have taken over the responsibilities once held by Flynn Carsen (Wyle).  Headed by Rebecca Romijn from the various X-Men movies, the cast will feature many of the actors from the movies.  Wyle will have a recurring role and Bob Newhart will revive his role as Judson, the head librarian who served as a mentor to Flynn throughout the original films.  Jane Curtin of 3rd Rock From the Sun fame, will also join the cast to reprise her role from the movies as the stoic Charlene.

Joining the cast on screen will be Lindy Booth, who you might remember as Night Bitch in Kick Ass 2, and John Kim, who played “Macca” in BBC’s Neighbours..  The cast will round out with John Larroquette, a highly accomplished television actor with some ties to the Star Trek universe, as the character Jenkins.  Larroquette assumed the role of Maltz in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.

Speaking of Star Trek alumni, returning to The Librarian universe is the director of the last two films, Jonathan Frakes.  Frakes took the helm for The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines and The Librarian: The Curse of Judas Chalice in 2006 and 2008, respectively.  Obviously known for his work on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation as Captain William T. Riker, Frakes has gone on to become a very successful director.  His resume boasts over 30 directorial credits dating back to his direction of eight episodes of The Next Generation.

The official trailer for the new series can be seen here:

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Frakes will take the helm for three of the 10 episodes of The Librarians after Dean Devlin’s pilot airs later this fall.

Let us know what you think of the trailer and the potential of the new show in the comments below.

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Bill Ivie is a freelance writer that covers television, sports, comics and anything else he might find interesting. Follow him on Twitter - @poisonwilliam - and discuss the articles you read here and more with him.

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