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What was your first job? Babysitter? Newspaper deliverer? Protector of the world’s most magical and awesome antiquities?
That’s the assignment thirty-something grad student Flynn Carsen takes on in The Librarian — a trio of fantasy films coming to getTV in January! Noah Wyle stars in these lighthearted adventure yarns, with living legend Bob Newhart as his mystical mentor Judson and Emmy winner Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie, Third Rock From The Sun) as his grumpy boss Charlene. The Librarian trilogy airs Saturday nights at 8p ET in January on getTV!
When we first meet Flynn, he’s an over-ripe permastudent who’s made college his career. He’s finally tossed out of academia after 16 years and 22 degrees and forced to face the real world, but with a fantastic twist: he scores a job at a secret storehouse few have ever seen. As Flynn soon discovers, artifacts both real and magical are housed at the Metropolitan Public Library — think Pandora’s Box, the Ark of the Covenant, Excalibur — and it becomes his job to protect them from falling into the hands of evildoers.
The Librarian: Quest For The Spear (2004)
In his first adventure, The Librarian: Quest For The Spear (2004) — airing January 4 and January 25 at 8p ET —Flynn faces off against his predecessor as the Librarian. When the spear that pierced Jesus Christ’s side is stolen by a shadowy cult known as the Serpent Brotherhood, our hero is dispatched to the Amazon jungle to retrieve it. Action, adventure and romance ensue, of course. Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) stars as the formerly heroic Librarian Edward Wilde, with Sonya Walger as Flynn’s protector (and love interest) Nicole and Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) as his mother. (Pay attention to Dukakis’s matchmaking scene, which pays off delightfully in the next movie!)
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines (2006)
Flynn returns in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines (2006) airing January 11 at 8p ET. This time, he’s teamed with a sassy archeologist (Gabrielle Anwar) on the hunt for King Solomon’s Mines in North Africa. There they meet up with Flynn’s “uncle” Jerry (Robert Foxworth of Falcon Crest), who reveals some important details about Flynn’s family history and his legacy as a protector of Solomon’s secrets. Look for some nice Casablanca Easter eggs and a funny cameo from Star Trek: The Next Generation star Jonathan Frakes, who also directs the film (and the sequel).
The Librarian: The Curse of The Judas Chalice (2008)
And finally, in The Librarian: The Curse of The Judas Chalice (2008 ) — airing January 18 at 8p ET — Flynn finds himself on a forced vacation in New Orleans, where he stumbles upon the guardian of a chalice that can resurrect vampires. Can Flynn retrieve the chalice before the Russians revive an army of the undead, led by the legendary vampire Vlad Dracul (Bruce Davison)? Spoiler alert: of course he can.
If you like your action in the spirit of Saturday morning serials, and your heroes with a dash of dorkiness, The Librarian is worth checking out. Wyle, an Emmy nominee for E.R., is a charmingly reluctant hero with just the right mix of matinee idol good looks and hipster doofus relatability. And Newhart brings a welcome gravitas to the proceedings, with his trademark stammer in full effect! Creator David Titcher (The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb, Houdini & Doyle) gives The Librarian just enough fantasy to appeal to genre fans, but never too much for those just looking for a fun, Indiana Jones-style adventure with a handsome hero.
This trilogy inspired a spin-off TV series featuring Wyle, Newhart and Curtin that recently concluded a four-season run. If you enjoy The Librarian movies on getTV, let us know on social media! One never knows what adventures the future may hold!
The Librarian trilogy airs Saturday nights at 8p ET in January, with a different movie every week. For more, visit the getTV schedule.