Another chapter in the ‘Librarian’ saga comes to TNT

  • By Terry Morrow Scripps Howard News Service
  • Thursday, December 4, 2008 2:25pm
  • Life

Noah Wyle figures he’s finally made a “Librarian” movie that can stand on its own.

It’s about time. This is his third one.

“The first one had a certain novel charm,” he says of the hit TV-movie franchise in which he plays a librarian involved in “Indiana Jones” style adventures.

“The second one was about expanding the franchise’s horizons to the vistas of Africa, but it had inherent story-structure issues.

“This time around, it was very clear who the character was, and we used that and how he’s matured.”

“The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice” (8 p.m. Sunday, TNT) has Wyle back as Flynn Carsen, a seemingly mild-mannered librarian who goes on secret wild adventures around the globe.

For “Chalice,” a lovelorn Flynn heads off to New Orleans, where he comes across a pack of vampires. He’s in love with one of them.

Creatively, “this is certainly where I want the character to be,” Wyle says. “When, hopefully, we make more of these, we can slow the character’s machination down a bit. He’s a professionally competent but personally incompetent character.”

And there’s every reason to assume there will be more. The first two “Librarian” movies have been among the most popular cable movies of the years in which they premiered (2004, 2006). “The Librarian” franchise is also Wyle’s return to television after starring on “ER” for several seasons.

He says he left “ER” so he could devote more time to family — and he says he’s been able to accomplish that. “The Librarian” movies only take a few weeks of his time every couple of years.

Other highlights for the week of Dec. 7-13 (listings subject to change; check local listings):


“Front of the Class” (9 p.m., CBS). A man with Tourette’s syndrome overcomes impossible odds to get an education.

“Leverage” (10 p.m., TNT). Timothy Hutton is part of a team of thieves who aid victims.


“Top Gear Winter Olympics Special” (8 p.m., BBC America). An Audi driver races against extreme skiers in the French Alps.


“House” (8 p.m., Fox). A teen who is bullied collapses during her Christmas production and her health starts getting worse.


“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (9 p.m., CBS). Laurence Fishburne begins his stint as a series regular — a mysterious academic.


“The 12 Days of Redneck Christmas” (9 p.m., CMT). How do rednecks celebrate Christmas? Ask Tom Arnold.


“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel). A woman relies on the help of her own three wise men.

“Tech Fight Clubs” (10 p.m., G4). Dudes join a club to beat up each other — really.

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