Examiner.com – Christian Kane returns to TNT in “The Librarians,” premiering this winter, but despite all the “Leverage” connections, don’t expect to see him playing a similar role. On Thursday, Oct. 16, we uploaded our video interview with him previewing his character, Jake Stone, from New York Comic-Con.
“My character is a lot like me. John wrote this with me in mind,” Kane said of Jake Stone. “Where he grew up – it’s not that much anymore – but he was ashamed of being smart, he was ashamed of knowing stuff that other people didn’t know.” He saw it as a curse, and it could be “embarrassing to be smart, to be the brainiac guy.”
“There’s a lot of beer drinking, a lot of bar brawling where I grew up, Christian Kane and Jake Stone,” he explained. This “broken toy that’s embarrassed of who he is” is added to the rest of the team of “broken toys,” and they’re sent on this journey together, where Jake realizes, “It’s okay to be who I really am in life.” With this new job, he finds people who accept him for who he is.
“[John's] brilliant because he’s allowing you to come in, and that’s one of the best things about entertainment,” Kane added. “For me, watching a movie, if I can go into that movie and disappear from life for a while? Those are the movies that I love, and he does that with this TV show.”
LatinTimes.com – “The Librarians” franchise has had a loyal legion of fans since the film series first release in 2004 with “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear,” following the success of the first film, TNT decided to create another made for TV movie starring Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen, who is an average librarian who ends up risking his life to protect a secret collection of priceless artifacts. The sequel, “The Librarian: Return To King Solomon’s Mines,” was released in 2006 with yet another and seemingly final installment in 2008 with “The Librarian: Curse of Judas Chalice.” TNT’s senior VP of original programming, Michael Wright, was intrigued by the story from the start, stating that the film’s executive producer Dean Devlin pitched a refreshing take on the well known hero story.
Wright continued, “Instead of a muscle-bound, spandex-clad superman, we get an insecure but brilliant guy who thinks he’s taking a safe job as a librarian, but instead gets taken on a ride in a world we’d like to believe exists.” Now TNT has decided to take the success of the film franchise and instead of making another made for TV movie, they will now turn the franchise into a TV series. TNT ordered 10 episodes of the series, the first season is set to be released later this year and Noah Wyle will reprise his role as Flynn, however he will only be a recurring character on the series as opposed to a regular cast member.
Rebecca Romijn, who will play Eve Baird, a counter-terrorism agent who’s in charge of protecting the librarians, and the artifacts they must uncover, will head the main cast. In addition, sticking to his roots at TNT is actor Christian Kane of “Leverage” fame who unfortunately has to leave his character of Elliot behind for “The Librarians.” The ensemble cast will be rounded out by Lindy Booth, John Kim, Matt Frewer, John Larroquette, also reprising their well known roles from the film franchise is Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, as Judson and Charlene. Latin Times sat down with the cast of “The Librarians” and executive producer John Rogers to get the insider scoop about the series, what artifacts fans will discover, and what cast member couldn’t decide on a proper stage name.
TNT’s “Librarians” series, starring Christian Kane, to be featured in New York Comic Con panel today
Newsok.com – Oklahoma-bred actor Christian Kane and some of his cohorts from the “The Librarians,” a new 10-episode series from TNT that builds on the network’s hit movie trilogy “The Librarian,” are in New York today, where they will be participating in a panel and autograph session at New York Comic Con.
TNT is staying very much in its family so to speak, as Kane is coming back to the network where his previous caper series “Leverage” aired for five seasons.
Set to premiere Dec. 7, “The Librarians” series will have a female lead played by Rebecca Romijn, returning to TNT where she played one of the leads in “King & Maxwell.” Noah Wyle, who starred in “The Librarian” movies, is executive producing and reprising his role in a recurring capacity; because he is the star of another TNT series, “Falling Skies,” he can’t star full time in “The Librarian” series, according to Deadline.com.
Joining Wyle from the movies are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, who also will reprise their roles, with Matt Frewer (TNT’s “Falling Skies”) also set to recur.
“Night Court’s” John Larroquette also is set to star in the series, along with Lindy Booth (“Copper”) and John Kim (“Neighbors”).
The series, which will be produced by the company behind the movies and “Leverage,” Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, is part of TNT’s continued expansion into the action-adventure genre.