Noah Wyle has signed to deal to return to TNT’s The Librarians in season three in a bigger way than ever before. Not only will the former ER and Falling Skies star be appearing as head Librarian Flynn Carsen in seven of the ten episodes – more than in either season one or two – but he will also be directing two episodes and writing one.
He previously directed one episode of season two (having made his directorial debut with one episode of Falling Sky) but this will be his first time he’s written for the show. Or any show. Wyle is also an executive producer on the show.
There are more changes on the way for season three, as creator and showrunner for seasons one and two, John Rogers (Leverage) leaves to work on a period cop drama Black 22s for the National Geographic Channel (we’re not sure why the National Geographic Channel is producing a show about one of America’s first all-black police forces, but it sounds like an interesting project). Stepping in as showrunner is Dean Devlin who has been executive producing The Librarians since it was a bunch of TV movies known merely as The Librarian.
“The show will be a bit scarier, with a little bit higher stakes to put more pressure on the characters and how they handle things,” says Devlin of season three, who calls working with Wyle “one of most successful creative partnerships I’ve ever had… To have this season him writing, directing and acting in seven episodes, it feels like we have come all the way home together, it’s great to have him so engaged.”
Wylie is moving into writing in a big way. He has also written a spec called The Art Of War, a cable drama set in the world of art forgery and he’s teamed with Justified executive producer Graham Yost to write a miniseries set during World War II, about the conflict within the USA between those who supported intervention against the Nazis, led by broadcaster Edward R Murrow, and keeping out of the war, advocated by isolationist Charles Lindbergh.
“Eighteen months ago, I began to move into producing, directing and writing with more aggression and confidence,” says Wyle. “It wasn’t planned, but all things started falling into place, they all clicked. I’m very excited about the third season of The Librarians and the opportunity to act, produce, direct and write.” [via The Hollywood Reporter]