Singapore – Universal Networks International (UNI), the international channels’ division of NBCUniversal, has announced that the Electric Entertainment-produced TV series The Librarians is coming to Universal Channel – the home of “100% Characters”. The series will be aired across Asia within 24 hours of the TNT network U.S. debut in December 2014.
Universal Channel viewers in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and many more will all be able to tune in to Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER) reprising his recurring role from The Librarians movie trilogy in this brand new series starring Rebecca Romijn (X-Men) – timed to the U.S. premiere.
Romijn is joined by Christian Kane (Leverage), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead), and John Kim (The Pacific) as protectors of the world’s mystical treasures with Emmy winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) playing their reluctant caretaker. Emmy winners Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory, The Bob Newhart Show) and Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie, 3rd Rock from the Sun) are reprising their characters from the movie trilogy, at the start of the series. Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, Falling Skies) is also set to play a recurring role.
“An action-adventure drama, driven by a group of both daring and quirky characters, The Librarians is an exciting addition to Universal Channel’s programming line-up around the world,” commented Steve Patscheck, Executive Vice President, Programming, Universal Networks International. “We are pleased to be a part of this brand new series that will be timed to air within 24 hours of the U.S. debut, giving international viewers immediate access to the all the action.”
“With The Librarians we knew we had a great series on our hands and now, with Universal Networks International as our partner, we are thrilled that it will have the global reach and publicity it deserves,” commented Electric’s Head of International Distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska.
The Librarians centres on an ancient organisation hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library in New York dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This interesting group of characters solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats, and recovers powerful artefacts from around the world. Among the artefacts housed in the Library are the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny, the Judas Chalice and Excalibur, to name a few. Only a person with special skills could be responsible for collecting and protecting these artefacts and, more importantly, for preventing them from falling into the wrong hands.
The Librarians franchise of movies began in 2004, with sequels in 2006 and 2008. The first instalment rated as U.S. basic cable’s number one movie of the year, with the second instalment placing amongst the top five U.S. basic cable’s movie telecasts of the year and cable’s number one original movie sequel.
The Librarians is executive produced by Wyle, Dean Devlin, John Rogers, and Marc Roskin.