TNT small screen franchise The Librarians has become a staple of the dramatic-focused Turner cable outlet. Serving as a serial spinoff to the 2004-2008 The Librarian TV movie trilogy centered on Noah Wyle’s quirky artifact hunter Flynn Carsen, The Librarians showcases a lighthearted globetrotting ensemble who chase dangerous magical objects – sometimes alongside Wyle’s Carson, who comes and goes. Now, said spinoff series can count on another season of madcap adventures as season 4 is ready to begin
The Librarians Season 4 Release Date
TNT announced days before its return that The Librarians season 4 premiere will consist of two episodes back to back for double the fun when it returns to TNT on Wednesday, December 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
This newly-revised release date sets Season 4 one week earlier than the previously-announced premiere of December 20.
The Librarians Season 4 Poster
The Librarians Season 4 has released a stylish poster that promotes its new December 13 premiere date. Inspired by an aesthetic that resembles the covers of pulp novels, the whole gang is shown running frantically from a fiery foe in the sky.
With the poster comes some new plot teases, with the Christmas-near Season 4 premiere revealed to show the Librarians facing off against Santa Claus’s brother, the Patron Saint of Thieves. Other episodes will see the gang tangling with Civil War ghosts, a Freaky Friday-style body swap scenario and a shady casino that’s clearly using an artifact to steal the luck of its gamblers.
Most notably, Rachel Nichols’s resurrected guardian, Nicole Noone, will arrive on the Library scene in the aftermath of the vacancy left after Charlene’s (Jane Curtain) uncoupling from institution’s magical hold. Yet, with Eve being the current guardian, Season 4 could see a recurring struggle between the two.
The Librarians Season 4 Trailer
The Librarians Season 4 trailer shows how the kooky capers on which the group will embark are only getting wackier – in a good way. Indeed, the manic montage shows an impromptu wedding between Flynn and Eve, the Library getting lost in the ether of reality, the gang getting sucked into an old black-and-white film noir movie, people-melting laser beams and (because why not?,) a lightsaber battle.
The Librarians Season 4 Cast
Rachel Nichols will recur as Nicole Noone, the presumed-dead guardian predecessor of Flynn (which is Eve’s current job), who, for some mysterious reason, has resurfaced. The character was played by Sonya Walger in the franchise-launching 2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear TV movie.
Nichols is well-versed in genre content, having starred in the time-travelling 2012-2015 Syfy series Continuum, co-starring with Jason Momoa in the 2011 Conan the Barbarian remake, playing the iconic crossbow-wielding Scarlett in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and fielding a memorable role as green-skinned Orion Gaila in 2009’s Star Trek film reboot. She’s also fielded runs on Chicago Fire, Rush, Criminal Minds, Alias and The Inside.
In another fan-friendly coup, John Noble will appear in the Season 4 premiere as Vatican Bishop Monsignor Vega. The guest spot will see him bring gravitas from memorable past roles such as slightly-mad scientist Walter Bishop on the beloved 2008-2013 Fox sci-fi crime series Fringe, calculating businessman Morland Holmes (father of Sherlock,) in CBS crime procedural Elementary, scheming prodigal son Henry Parrish on the 2013-2017 Fox fantasy crime series Sleepy Hollow, and as the madness-afflicted steward of Gondor, Lord Denethor, in 2003’s multi-Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (though the character can be seen earlier in the Extended Edition release of 2002’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).
The Librarians Season 4 Story
Per the official synopsis:
In this season of The Librarians, our heroes embark on new, action-packed adventures, risking their lives once again to save the world. They face off against Santa’s brother the Patron Saint of Thieves, try to save a town plagued by ghosts from the Civil War, battle a casino that steals luck, endure a body switching fiasco and join forces with a time traveling Librarian from the past. But their greatest challenge will come from within the Library itself. With Charlene no longer tethered to the Library, which keeps it grounded to humanity, one Librarian and one Guardian must step up and take the mantle. As Jenkins organizes the Tethering Ceremony, the high ritual that will bond the pair to the Library forever, thus granting them immortality, Flynn and Baird seem poised to make this sacrifice. Until a woman from Flynn’s past reveals herself to be one of the Library’s dirty little secrets.
The Librarians Season 4 Renewal
The fantasy series, which launched in December of 2014, started with a strong 5.3 million viewers and attracted slightly under 2 million during Season 3. However, TNT cites 5.4 million viewers per episode in Season 3, possibly accounting for supplemental viewers through streaming and DVR. Thus, TNT’s continuation of the lighthearted fun and suspense of its signature fantasy brand was apparently a no-brainer.
The Librarians stars Rebecca Romijn as tough team guardian Eve Baird, Christian Kane as scholarly badass Jake Stone, Lindy Booth as dainty, but brilliant Cassandra Cillian, John Harlan Kim as egotistical super-thief-turned-hero Ezekiel Jones and John Larroquette as their supernaturally long-lived home base overseer Jenkins. Also, as mentioned, Noah Wyle, star of the original The Librarian TV movies, who also serves as a writer, director and executive producer on the series, tends to drop in and join the team in certain episodes as Flynn Carsen, fielding an on-and-off romance with Romijn’s Eve.
For TNT, The Librarians Season 4 renewal came shortly after the renewal of freshman series Good Behavior, which features former Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery shedding her early 20th century, post-Edwardian costumes for something more contemporary, playing a sultry and dangerous thief and con artist. The Librarians remains amongst a TNT dramatic lineup that includes The Last Ship, Major Crimes and Animal Kingdom.