Actor Christian Kane is about to get Matrix-ed. His new TNT series, The Librarians, mixes The Matrix, Indiana Jones and yes, even a little Baskin-Robbins, promised the actor in an exclusive interview with Blastr. The new series' two-hour premiere airs on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. ET.
“What's special about the show to me is watching four people get clocked out of the real world. It's like watching Keanu Reeves get thrown into the Matrix,” said actor/musician/songwriter Kane, who plays Jake Stone on the show. “We're all normal people. That's what's fun about watching us. It's a journey that you can take with us right off the bat. It's like, four people get plucked out of the world we think we know and all of a sudden there's magic.”
The Librarians picks up where the three Noah Wyle movies left off. Wyle, who executive-produces, will also pop up on the new series, which features Kane (Angel, Leverage), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead) and John Kim (Neighbours) as the newest protectors of the world's mystical treasures. They join the returning Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, as well as new actors to the series Matt Frewer and John Larroquette. Dean Devlin, who created the Librarian movies, John Rogers and Marc Roskin executive-produce.
“It's fun because, when you come along with us, you get to take the ride as well. It's like you are being thrown into this. A lot of times it's like, boom, there's magic, you don't have to explain it ... the things you heard about in children's books and ancient Roman stories and Greek mythology, these things are real. To watch four people have to go through this -- on their own, by the way -- it's like, we had no choice but to become a family.” said Kane.
As far as how the series will relate to the Librarian movies, Kane promises that the producers “stay true to the bones, to the skeleton of the show. They really, really did. Of course, with Noah reprising his role, he led us all through the water, not only on the series, but in life as well. He's played this role. He knows The Librarian front and back. We all needed someone to walk us through it because we're new and we didn't want to mess up the great track record in the house that he built. It's great that Noah was very patient with all of us and showed us the ropes. He showed us what he thinks it takes to be a Librarian, and that transferred over onto film, too.”
When it comes to his character, Jake Stone, “he's not a lot unlike me, to be honest with you. [Creator] John [Rogers] wrote this role with me in his pocket there. Noah, he's a very seasoned Librarian now. Jake kind of picks up where he started, which is not really knowing what's going on. In the very first episode, we're introduced to how magic is actually real, and for anyone in their right mind, obviously, that's very hard to come to terms with. You can't do it in one episode. It's going to take a season. Jake is a good old boy. Chivalry is close to his heart. In that sense, he doesn't mind throwing a couple punches if he has to to make sure people respect that,” said Kane.
Beyond the character and the material, he's having fun finding out “what guest star are we going to get? That's always fun, to see the bad guy or the guy that we've got to be with or against, but what bad guy is going to step in? We're a first-run show, so nobody knows how this show is going to do. Some people would reluctantly say no, but we literally got some of the best guest stars we can get. So what was fun for me was opening the script, seeing the bad guy, or not even the bad guy, sometimes just the guy that's on our team, and then going, 'Man, who are they going to get?' And then waiting and waiting and two days later you find out who we got. It is star-studded. I mean, it's Alicia Witt, Bruce Campbell ... I got to do a whole bunch of stuff with Bruce Campbell,” he said.
“It's Bruce Campbell, man. C'mon! I'm sitting there going, 'Okay, these people believe in the show. We got something here.' It was very nice. That was the most fun for me, was to open up the book, if you would, and then try to guess who they could get to play this role, and then actually seeing who they got was always so much fun. We lucked out this year on guest stars, and it was our first season, so I can't imagine what season two is going to be like,” said Kane.
The multi-talented actor also fronts the southern rock band Kane, and he's developed a loyal following of fans, the Kaniacs, who follow his acting and his music. He believes The Librarians will be something all his fans, who range from 4 years old to 90, can enjoy.
“These writers have done a very good job about making the audience feel like they're in the show with us. To me as a kid, growing up, and still to this day, if I can lose myself for about 10 minutes in a movie or a TV show, that's what I'm watching it for. That's the entertainment value. If I can forget about life for just a second and enjoy this world that someone's created, that's the price of admission for me. That's what we were trying really, really hard to do,” he said.
“I get to be on a series that I consider like Baskin-Robbins. It's 31 flavors. One day you're going to laugh so hard, then another one's serious, another one's scary. It's really so many different flavors. But the family can watch this show. Some of the monsters on there may scare somebody, but that's what we were trying to do. They can still watch this show. It's not going to cause nightmares. Nobody's head explodes. It's a family show. It really is,” said Kane.
“This is Indiana Jones. This is something that every kid wants to grow up with. It's just the genre that I love. It's the genre that I know my close friends who I call fans and everything else, I know they love it, because they followed me from Angel to Leverage. It just seemed like a perfect fit for me. The sci-fi genre, it's what I grew up in. ... That's what's fun for me. [The Kaniacs,] all my dear friends and family, which I call them, they get to hang with me another year.”
The Librarians airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. on TNT.
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