Noah Wyle’s back as The Librarian, and he’s enlisted some fresh recruits
The Librarians are back with a 10- part series, and added Mystique.
Ten years ago, flynn Carson ( Noah Wyle) took up the mantle of the Librarian – mild mannered bookworm turned saviour of humanity – in a trio of TV movies. Now Carson is returning in a 10- episode Librarians TV series, and, according to showrunner John Rogers, Wyle was instrumental in ensuring the doors to the library stayed open.
“Noah loves this character beyond all reason,” Rogers tells Red Alert. “He, Dean [ Devlin, co- creator] and Michael White, the former head of TNT, were the guys who brought this back because no one else loves this character and this show as much.”
With Wyle busy fighting alien invaders on Falling Skies, Carson will play fifth fiddle to a quartet of new recruits in The Librarians’s first season. “Flynn’s a bit mad, a bit spacey by the time we meet him because he’s been doing this alone for a decade,” says Rogers. “So he finds four recruits, instructs them and then he goes off to solve the big problem that’s happening.”
Among the fresh faces Flynn enlists are Rebecca Romijn’s no- nonsense pragmatist Colonel Eve Baird, Christian Kane’s secretly smart historian Jake Stone, Lindy Booth’s maths whizz Cassandra Cillian and John Kim’s unrepentant master criminal Ezekiel Jones. “They’re the kind of people you need when you’re telling pulp stories. It’s very Doc Savage in its models,” Rogers explains. “They’re given, in theory, the ‘ training wheels’ missions. But when magic’s coming back to the world any one of those missions can kill you.”
A team tracking down magical artefacts? So far, so Warehouse 13, but Rogers brushes off
“We have an episode with Bruce Campbell as a cranky Santa Claus”
surface level similarities to the Syfy show in favour of a genre classic. “One of our touchstones was the great, funny X- Files episodes, the episodes where you didn’t know what was going to happen. This is a magical world that has a surface of normality, but because of events in the first two episodes magic is starting to come back really strong.”
And much like early X- Files, The Librarians will mix serialised and episodic storytelling in order to appeal to dedicated and casual fans. “We have a haunted house episode, one with Bruce Campbell as a cranky Santa Claus and another where the dragons are coming back,” says Rogers. “Each one is a standalone pulp tale linked to the big payoff.”
The world of The Librarians may be a dangerous one, but it’s far from adults- only viewing. “A lot of genre shows stray towards darkness because they’re straining for credibility. There’s value to be had in a show I can watch with my kids and not be bored,” Rogers says. “Dean and I are giant Doctor Who fans and when we were developing this he said, ‘ America doesn’t have its Doctor Who. It doesn’t have its different-themed- episode-every- week show.’ Now that’s a very high bar and I’m not going to say we hit it, but I hope when people watch it they’ll know it was informed by that sensibility.”
The Librarians starts on Syfy this December.
“Just put the thing in the thing, see?”