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‘The Librarians’ Star Noah Wyle: What’s Driving Him to Save Family Friendly TV

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‘The Librarians’ Star Noah Wyle: What’s Driving Him to Save Family Friendly TV
Noah Wyle knows “The Librarians” is one of television’s most unique shows— especially on TNT.

The show, which airs its season finale this Sunday, isn’t a dark drama like the network’s latest original series, “Animal Kingdom” and “Good Behavior.” But Wyle, who executive produces the show, appeared in seven episodes this season, directed two and even wrote one, believes “The Librarians” serves a purpose, as one of the few shows on TV crafted to serve as true family programming.

“There’s certain shows that have a big audience but don’t necessarily fit the edgier brand that I think TNT is trying to be. Yet, they bring an audience that’s a pretty good demographic,” he said to IndieWire. “They have been supportive, they have been marketing the show well this year, and the numbers speak to that. I’m hoping that they figure out that it’s not an either/or.
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TV Review: The Librarians

[Spoiler Alert: This review contains a few spoilers, though I have tried to keep them to a minimum while still making this a viable review.]

When the first made-for-tv Librarian movie appeared in 2004 (The Librarian: Quest for the Spear), I watched it simply because it sounded so silly (and I also have a fondness for magic and fantasy). The premise is a normal metropolitan library under which is hidden a magical library containing not only rare (or mythical) books and manuscripts, but historical/magical (and religious) artifacts: the Ark of the Covenant, Excalibur, Pandora’s Box, even Noah’s Ark. This library -- which exists to protects these items, as well as protecting the general public from the wrong use of magic -- is overseen by Judson (Bob Newhart) and his assistant, Charlene (Jane Curtin). They hire a librarian whose job it is to go around the world either finding magical artifacts, or preventing those artifacts from falling into the wrong hands. The librarian is chosen for a combination of the breadth of his knowledge and intelligence,
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'The Librarians' react: The weekly adventure begins

'The Librarians' react: The weekly adventure begins
This post contains details from The Librarians episodes 1 and 2, which aired Dec. 7. Like its subject matter, the Librarian franchise is loaded with history. It began in 2004 with The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, a TV movie that followed librarian/adventurer Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) in pursuit of historical/magical artifacts. Two subsequent TV movies followed: 2006’s The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines and 2008’s The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.
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TNT Considering The Librarians Ten-Episode Series, Noah Wyle to Appear

I’ve said many times recently that I’m hesitant to post news about shows that are only in the development stage, because our hopes are so often dashed when the proto-shows don’t make it any further. We just had to report earlier this month about Preacher in development at AMC, and now we have equally wonderful geek-love news to share.

TVLine first broke the news that TNT is considering developing a 10-episode series based on the great The Librarian TV movies (2004′s The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, 2006′s The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mine, and 2008′s The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice) which starred Noah Wyle.

The idea is that Wyle’s character, Flynn Carsen, would select four new Librarians to work together, doing what he did: traveling the world investigating strange occurrences, battling ancient conspiracies and protecting the innocent from the dangerous,
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Trailer: The Witch is Loose in The Wicked

Inside, you'll find a trailer for The Wicked from director Peter Winther.  Winther's previous credits include The Librarian: Quest for the Spear.  He was also a producer on Stargate, Independence Day and Godzilla (so, he rolled with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin for a while),

Here's the synopsis for his latest endeavor: It is a bedtime story nearly every kid in the small town of Summerset has heard. A silly story passed down from generation to generation that offers just enough chills to keep the legend alive. This year is different. Seven year old Amanda Drake (Caitlin Carhmichael) is swiped from her bedroom window. Rumors swirl. The Witch has returned. Always up for a good fright, and a chance to impress the girls, 18 year old Zach (Justin Deeley) and his friends decide to sneak into the woods and find the mysterious old house where the legendary Witch supposedly lives.

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BlackBoxTV YouTube Channel Launching on Friday, April 13th

We're not saying that everything cool happens on Friday the 13th, but cool things seem to happen every Friday the 13th. On April 13th a new idea in entertainment will launch with a horror-themed premium channel on YouTube Channel. This is BlackBoxTV.

As we mentioned earlier this year, the creator of television's "CSI", Anthony E. Zuiker; director Tony E. Valenzuela; and Collective Digital Studio are presenting the channel, which will feature a variety of programming. The official launch site is YouTube.com/BlackBoxTV. Read on for the scheduled programming and what you can expect from BlackBoxTV.

For more information visit BlackBoxTelevision.com.

From the Press Release

Part of YouTube’s premium programming strategy, BlackBoxTV will present the best in horror, thriller, and sci-fi online programming. The new channel will build upon the cult favorite BlackBoxTV anthology online series from the twisted mind of director Tony E. Valenzuela with an array
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Con-Con 2011: An Official Leverage Event Returns to Portland this June

Attention Grifters: Con-con 2011: An Offical “Leverage” Event Returns To Portland, Or, This June

Fans Can Join The “Leverage” Crew Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5, To Go Behind-the-scenes Of The Hit TNT Series

Leverage” Season 4 Premieres June 26 On TNT

Los Angeles, CA (March 24, 2011) – Calling all grifters! Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2010, Dean Devlin and his team at Electric Entertainment look forward to hosting Con-Con 2011: An Official “Leverage” Event in Portland, Or, from Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5. “Leverage” fans from around the world will descend on the city for the opportunity to meet the team behind TNT’s hit caper series at the show’s one-and-only official fan convention.

Last year’s Con-Con drew hundreds of enthusiasts for a series of events at the historic Governor Hotel in downtown Portland. This year’s events will include Q&As with some of the cast; autograph
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TNT Renews Leverage for a Third Season

Leverage has been having a fantastic second season on TNT, averaging around 4.1 million viewers each week. In addition to the fantastic cast on the show there have also been some great guest stars this season, including Wil Wheaton and Griffin Dunne, both of whom happened to be on last night's new episodes.

TNT has picked up the series for a third season which will start in the summer of 2010 and include 15 new episodes.

“Thanks in large part to its engaging cast and clever storytelling, Leverage has proven itself to be one of the most exciting and fun hours on television,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “The producers, cast and crew have been incredible to work with, and we anticipate another wonderful season.”

Below is the actual press release from TNT about the renewal.

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Royal helmer: Wyle directs 'Prince'

Noah Wyle will make his directorial debut with Prince Test, an indie romantic comedy being produced by Peter Sussman of Steppingstone Park, Arthur Sarkissian and Morris Levy.

Prince centers on a female private investigator who uses unorthodox methods to check the fidelity of engaged or married men. The script was written by Rachel Weinhaus, a USC film school graduate, with a rewrite by J.P. Manoux.

Production is set to begin in April in Chicago, with Dolphin Entertainment financing. The movie will mark the first foray into features for Dolphin, known for producing television series and telefilms.

The executive producers are Dolphin's Bill O'Dowd and Winding Road's Barry Tropp and Michael Espensen.

Wyle, repped by ICM, Brillstein-Grey and attorney Geoffrey Oblath, starred on NBC's ER since the show's inception in 1994, departing last season. He is starring in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, a sequel to TNT's popular adventure telefilm The Librarian: Quest for the Spear.

Devlin, Chartier turn on Voltage

Devlin, Chartier turn on Voltage
Electric Entertainment, the production company headed by Dean Devlin, is teaming with veteran foreign sales player Nicolas Chartier to form a new international sales entity, Voltage Pictures, which will handle international sales for Electric's film and television slate. The first project under the new sales banner will be the original movie thriller The Triangle, which will premiere in the United States on the Sci Fi Channel. The six-hour, three-part event was created by Devlin and filmmaker Bryan Singer. Voltage also will handle foreign sales for the upcoming original movie The Librarian 2, which starts shooting this summer. The Librarian was the highest-rated movie on cable in 2004, premiering on TNT last December.

Emmy reactions: 'Sex's' Davis finally gets her nom

Without a Trace star Anthony LaPaglia, vacationing in Mexico, was having breakfast Thursday morning when Ian McShane, who was staying at the same resort, came to tell him he had landed an Emmy nomination for best actor in a drama series. ... Up late the previous night filming the TNT telefilm The Librarian on location in Mexico, Bob Newhart was awakened Thursday morning by a telephone call telling him he had been nominated for his guest role on ER ... For Sex and the City's Kristin Davis, the sixth time was the charm. After cheering for her three co-stars, who all landed Emmy nominations through the years, Davis finally snagged a nom on her last shot for her role as wide-eyed Charlotte. Having been the only cast member without a nomination had its perks, Davis said. "I might have gotten more attention on the set from my co-stars, the writers and the producers; it was so adorable," she said.

Seven booked for TNT's 'Librarian'

Seven booked for TNT's 'Librarian'
Kyle MacLachlan and Olympia Dukakis are among the actors rounding out the cast of the upcoming TNT film The Librarian, which stars Noah Wyle. Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin, Sonya Walger, Kelly Hu and David Dayan Fisher also have joined the cast of the action-adventure film from executive producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day) of Electric Entertainment. In addition, Peter Winther (The Tag) has signed on to direct Librarian, which is shooting in Mexico City for a debut in the fourth quarter. Wyle stars as the protector of a hidden cache of magical relics that gets stolen by a group bent on world domination. MacLachlan (Sex and the City) plays the predecessor to Wyle's character, while Dukakis plays his mother. Librarian is produced by Phil Goldfarb, David Titcher, Marc Roskin and Kearie Peak.

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