The Librarians Discussion and Q&A Panel from NYCC 2014. The Librarians have arrived at the 2014 New York Comic Con as TNT’s new series came to the Empire Stage to promote the television spin-off to the popular Librarian film franchise. Writer/producer John Rogers and cast members Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, and John Kim introduced the new series and gave fans a taste of what’s to come for the show’s freshman season.
At the beginning of the panel, the audience was treated with an opening teaser of The Librarians. The video gave us an introduction to the team led by the original Librarian himself Flynn Carsen played by Noah Wyle. After the end of the video, the panel started with the introduction to lead writer John Rogers, known for writing and producing episodes of the USA original series Royal Pains. Fans went screaming after the main cast was brought in one by one including Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, and John Kim.
The show would have the same tone as the films as it will follow Flynn who teams up with a guardian (Rebecca Romijn) and three apprentice Librarians (Christian Kane, John Kim, and Lindy Booth) as they protect and collect ancient and magical artifacts, keeping the world safe from threats both supernatural and human.
The cast described the personalities of each character they would be playing. Rebecca Romijn plays the bodyguard of the team, Eve Baird, who is described as headstrong and curious about this new world she has discovered after Flynn brings her into the fold. Leverage’s Christian Kane returns to TNT playing the smart Jake Stone who has a vast knowledge of history and an IQ of 190. Lindy Booth plays Cassandra Cillian, who has the gift of synesthesia, which gives her the ability of auditory and sensory visions linked to her brain. Australian John Kim rounds out the cast as professional thief Ezekiel Jones, a troublemaker whose skills as a robber comes in handy for the team.
John Rogers assured fans that Noah Wyle, who is also producing the series, would still be part of the series in some capacity despite working on TNT’s other series Falling Skies. While the team would be working on cases of the week, Noah’s character Flynn would be working on a bigger case that becomes the arc of the season. During the show’s first season, the team will face off against the Serpent Brotherhood, a mysterious cult led by immortal Dulaque, played by Orphan Black’s Matt Frewer.
The Librarians will also have someone looking over the Library in the form of Jenkins, the caretaker played by John Larroquette. Jenkins is described by the cast as a cranky old timer who has a vast knowledge of the ancient artifacts that the team collects.
The panel showed an opening scene from the first episode showing Flynn’s first encounter with Eve. We get to see Eve in her regular job as a counter-terrorism agent trying to stop a bomb as Flynn comes through a sewer hole and tries to open an ancient chest with a dangerous artifact. We see that the show hasn’t lost touch with the atmosphere of the films, which is a good thing for fans familiar with the franchise.
The panel discussed the possibility of seeing the return of some of the original characters from The Librarian films. Actors Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin from the films were reluctant to return to their original roles in the series, which producer John hopes they can be a part of in the near future. The panel even revealed some of the guest stars that would be appearing in the series. Besides Matt Frewer, other guest stars included Bruce Campbell, who would be a part of a Christmas episode and an appearance from Battlestar Galatica’s Tricia Helfer.
John Rogers revealed an interactive feature that will be on The Librarians’ TNT page where fans can explore the Library and the rest of the team’s lair. John promises fans that the 360 experience will help fans delve deeper into the Library with special information about some of the items found on the show.
The floor was open for questions from the audience, with the first going to John Rogers about the similarities between The Librarians and the Syfy series Warehouse 13. John notes that the similarities will be there as far as the concept goes, but the team won’t always be searching for artifacts. John said that that the team will also be saving people and even solving murders.
The next question went to Rebecca Romijn about doing her own stunts. The X-Men actress said that she does most of her own stunts on the show and has used the same stunt double from her days playing Mystique on the X-Men film series.
Another question was given to the cast on what their favorite episode was in the series first season. Most of the cast agreed that the Christmas episode was among their favorites as well as the first episode showing the formation of the team.
The final question went to Christian Kane about how his role on The Librarians differs from playing the villainous Lindsey McDonald in Angel. Christian answered by saying that he loved playing a villain on Angel but preferred his new comedic role where he lets himself loose on set to get into character.
The 10-episode first season premieres on TNT starting December 7th, 2014.
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