A fan-favorite from TNT’s past is returning on a new network. Comicbook reports The CW is reviving The Librarians with a sequel series. The Librarians: The Next Chapter will continue the adventures of a team of knowledgeable bookkeepers tasked with protecting history’s robust secrets and magical annals.
According to Comicbook, original series executive producer Dean Delvin (The Ark, The Triangle) will return as showrunner through his Electric Entertainment imprint. He is joined by Marc Roskin (Bad Samaritan, Geostrom), Rachel Olschan-Wilson (The Deal), and The CW network.
The Librarians was a trilogy of made-for-TV movies starring Noah Wyle (ER, Enough) as Flynn Carsen, the chosen Librarian dedicated to an oath of defending history as we know it, according to Comicbook. The films began in 2008 with Quest of the Spear, followed by Return to King Solomon’s Mines two years later, and finally 2008’s Curse of the Judas Chalice. Then in 2014, a series launched with Wyle who was joined by John Larroquette (Night Court, Richie Rich), Lindy Booth (Kick-Ass 2, Relic Hunter), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), John Harlan Kim (The Last Thing He Told Me, 9-1-1), and Christian Kane (Leverage, Almost Paradise). The series ran for four seasons.
Comicbook stated the sequel series “centers on a Librarian from the past, who time traveled to the present and now finds himself stuck here,” per the official logline. “When he returns to his castle, which is now a museum, he inadvertently releases magic across the continent. He is given a new team to help him clean up the mess he made, forming a new team of Librarians.”
The new series is part of a massive reprogramming of the network as it transitioned under new management. Once an outlet for Warner Bros. and Viacom productions, the new network – under Nexstar – looks to “owning quality content that appeals to broadcast audiences,” Ben Schwartz, President of Entertainment, said via Comicbook.
“The CW is now open for business with everyone. We are developing homegrown shows with award-winning producers and fresh new voices, overseeing original big budget co-productions featuring A-list stars,” Schwartz stated via Comicbook. Regarding The Librarians: The Next Chapter, he said he was “thrilled to be the home of a potential new franchise.“
In addition to this new series, The CW has announced several acquisitions of already established series from around the world, as well as unscripted fare to the network, eliminating the long years of producing its own content. Other series include the revived 61st Street, dating-reality series FBoy Island, and foreign imports such as The Spencer Sisters and Run the Burbs.