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'Scorpion' preview: Gang of geniuses

CBS is about to get a whole lot smarter. Considering the devastating dud that was the How I Met Your Mother finale, this can only be a positive step forward for the network.

Scorpion, CBS’s newest drama, introduces an eclectic genius collective, nesting in an abandoned New York warehouse, combining their specific skills to help alleviate crime, while bending the rules to benefit themselves financially. Or, rather, that’s what they were planning to do before being found out by federal agents and having their entire setup eviscerated before their eyes.

As a result, the series will follow the oddball group of miscreant intellectuals as they take on certain cases the FBI just can’t handle or figure out.

Think Hannibal, House, Criminal Minds, or other psychological-thriller crime shows that have premiered within the past decade or so.

Inspired by the true story of Walter O’Brien, the idea for Scorpion was conceived between Scott Manson and Danny Rose, two employees of Justin Bieber’s famous manager, Scooter Braun.

They brought the concept to Fast and Furious director Justin Lin and his production company, asking Lin if he would be interested in directing an episode or two if the series was ordered.

Lin agreed to sign on and direct the show’s premiere. Prepare for eccentric and exaggerated car chases, and completely unnecessary but eye-pleasing explosions.

With the series premiere less than two weeks away, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the actors of Scorpion, as well as the masterminds tracking criminals and methodically capturing them that the actors portray.

Elyes Gabel (Walter O’Brien): O’Brien, a child prodigy who’s been under the eye of federal watchdogs since he hacked into the government’s system as a young boy, heads up the perspicacious posse. Gabel, an English actor who seems to have mastered the American accent, boasts a long line of impressive television roles, including Rakharo in Game of Thrones and detective Adam Lucas in Body of Proof. You can also expect to see Gabel opposite Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, due in theaters November 7.

Ari Stidham (Sylvester Dodd): Todd embodies the stereotypical geek, from his apparel to the incredibly high notes his voice hits when he’s speaking about a fascinating subject matter, like math. Scorpion is Stidham’s first major role on a network television show, although he can be seen in episodes of Mike and Molly and The Crazy Ones.

Eddie Kaye Thomas (Toby Curtis): Curtis is the flashier, fedora-toting, pretentious version of the socially awkward Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds. He’s a world-renowned expert behaviorist who can read just about anyone. As far as usable skills go, he’s the David Blaine of the group. Thomas will be instantly recognizable to fans of the American Pie franchise as the philosophical Finch, but others may recognize him as the voice of Barry on American Dad or Kappo on HBO’s short-lived series How to Make It in America.

Jadyn Wong (Happy Quinn): Quinn (who undoubtedly drew her alias from Batman’s beloved but completely psychotic villain Harley Quinn), is the badass Michelle Rodriguez of the group. A mechanical prodigy, Quinn understands the way any machine functions better than anyone else in the world. Wong may be best known for her role as Rachel in Being Erica, but some may remember her as the arrogant, pestering financial reporter in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis.

Although the show will focus primarily on the four geniuses, there are a couple more characters who also deserve an introduction:

Katharine McPhee (Paige Dineen): Dineen isn’t a genius, but she does happen to be the mother of one. As far as trope plots in television shows go, her role seems pretty obvious: Translate the terrifying world for a bunch of nerds who just don’t seem to understand real people. McPhee has been in the television circuit for a while—most notably as runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol—and just recently came off of NBC’s Smash.

Robert Patrick (Agent Gallo): The federal agent who has a harrowing history with O’Brien, Gallo’s role will be pretty familiar for television fanatics: He’ll hustle the group together and establish his patriarchal position firmly in the center of them, ensuring they’re working for him and not against him. Patrick, known for roles including FBI Special Agent John Doggett on The X-Files and the T-1000 in the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, is a TV veteran who just wrapped his roles as Jackson Herveaux on True Blood and Jacob Fuller on From Dusk Till Dawn.

Scorpion premieres on Monday, September 22, at 8/7C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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