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'The Librarians' season finale: EP Dean Devlin teases epic revelations

Swords and dragons and magic gone wild—Sunday’s two-part season finale of The Librarians is sure to pose as many questions as it (may) answer. Will Flynn Carsen find The Library? Will Jenkins’ true identity be revealed?

Executive producer Dean Devlin gives some teases to the EW Community about what’s coming Sunday night and what it’s been like to bring this franchise into a new incarnation, along with an exclusive video sneak peak for The Librarians‘ season one finale. Read on!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: The Librarians has been such fun to watch. What’s your favorite moment in the season?

DEAN DEVLIN: My favorite moment was the first day Noah Wyle was back playing The Librarian. I’d missed that character; I’d missed that actor. Just to be back in the world of The Librarian again was such a joy.

He really is the heart of the franchise.

He’s amazing; a truly remarkable person both in front of and behind the camera. Getting to do this again with him is literally a dream come true for me.

Dean Devlin on set with Noah WyleWhat have you found to be the biggest challenge of bringing The Librarians from movie-of-the-week to an episodic format? Did you find it difficult to cram all the story into one hour?

The bigger problem was trying to put in that much production value. We were averaging 100 digital effects shots per episode. The biggest challenge was to be able to produce a show where we’re unwilling to compromise what we want to tell storywise, and figure out how to do it in the time and with the money we have. That’s also the thing we’re most proud of.

It looks fantastic. Especially The Annex, which is such a beautiful set.

Randal Groves, our production designer, really outdid himself in creating it. It’s been a fantastic place for us to shoot. It’s so production-friendly; it’s beautiful to look at and incredibly well designed as far as where we put cameras and move actors and can still be able to keep it fresh each week.

Jenkins in particular has become a cast fan favorite. What made you tap John Larroquette for the role?

Honestly, the first person to suggest him to me for the part was Noah Wyle, and it was such an inspired idea. We were looking to have a character like the Bob Newhart character, but that character is so warm and fuzzy and mischievous—we wanted to go in another direction. We always thought of Jenkins as a much more cynical, curmudgeonly character. When the idea was to get John Larroquette, it was the perfect glove to fit the perfect hand. You really couldn’t have found a better match.

He’s getting all the good lines too!

A lot of them he’s improvising on the set, which is fantastic, although it makes it very hard for the crew to not laugh.

His singsong of “Huz-ah-ha” with the foot pump in last week’s haunted-house episode was hilarious. Was that one of his improvs?

I think it was, along with, “Oh, shiny balls.”

John Larroquette as JenkinsDoes it feel like the season has gone really fast?

Ridiculously fast. We waited so long to make the show and we worked so hard to make it, and then it’s on and it’s over. It’s been a whirlwind.

Noah Wyle brings such a kinetic energy to the show and is so incredibly verbal. The scripts play to those strengths, but if you’re not paying attention, the joke can fly by quickly in the bullet delivery. Yet when you stop to think it over, it gets even funnier.

One of the great joys I’ve been getting reading the responses on social media is how many people are discovering brand new stuff on the second, third, and fourth viewings of the episodes. That’s really a total credit to the writing crew, and John Rogers in particular, because you’re right, they drop so many comedy bombs while you’re laughing at one, you miss the next two.

Recapping it has been my own happy hell. These are some very dense stories you’re telling. Every hour is crammed with details.

We’re blessed to have John Rogers as our show runner, who I think is the best genre writer alive today writing for television. When you see our finale, I think he’s written one of the best hours of genre entertainment I’ve ever seen in my life. It is so smart. It ties in every single episode from this season into one show. It reveals character in a way that’s completely unique, and he created a part for Noah Wyle in it. If this was not a genre show, it’d be the role John would win an Emmy for. I’m so proud of the finale; it’s really clever.

I can’t help but guess that Jenkins may be Galahad … ?

It’s wonderful to have everybody guessing and it’s so much fun to see that happening, because it means people actually care. I’ll give you this spoiler … it will be revealed in the season finale who Jenkins is.

You’ve had great guest stars this season, like Matt Frewer, Alicia Witt, and, of course, Bruce Campbell. Everyone seems to be game to play.

We’ve been so blessed, because there’s a lot of actors out there who are closet geeks, and they jump at the chance to be a part of this genre. It’s been so much fun to see who was willing to come out and play with us. Getting Bruce Campbell was—for a geek like me, that’s like getting Laurence Olivier. It’s been remarkable. And then when they shown up, they’ve been so willing to work with such abandon and just jump off the cliff with us and take some big risks.

Bruce Campbell guest stars on There’s almost an embarrassment of riches in genre TV right now.

There is a renaissance of really great genre entertainment happening. But it’s become incredibly audience-specific. What seems to be a little bit missing is something the whole family can sit down and watch together and still have it be smart and still have it be funny and still have it be entertaining. With The Librarians, we want to be a smart, fun, crazy, genre show, but we also want to be something that people of all ages can watch and enjoy. That, to me, does seem to be increasingly harder to find.

You can’t watch Game of Thrones with your 15-year-old.

It’s true. I think that’s one of the reasons our show has been such a success. It does allow that kind of communal watching of television that’s been missing to a degree—this idea of bringing the whole family together. People of all ages can watch the show and find things to enjoy.

Any news yet on renewal? Where would you like the show to go in a second season?

The world of The Library is a world I want to live in for the rest of my life. The more we can expand that universe and take it into surprising areas … we want to just see how far we can keep pushing the limits of where the show can go. Hopefully we’ll hear about a pickup soon and get back to work. We’re all chomping at the bit to get back into the world of The Library.

Thank you, Dean Devlin, for taking us deeper into the world behind The Librarians! Be sure to watch what promises to be an entertaining two-part finale, Sunday night at 8/7C, and check out an exclusive clip for the game-changing finale below.


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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