The Librarians: Around the World in Oregon


Librarians star Noah Wyle (left) with executive producer Dean Devlin.

By George Riddell Editor
Photos by Scott Patrick Green

Principal photography for new TNT series The Librarians began in Oregon on April 10, and is expected to continue through July. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series from executive producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment, which previously produced MGM’s Flyboys and Emmy-winning mini-series The Triangle for Syfy Channel.

On set of The Librarians.

On set of The Librarians.

The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. The series is based on The Librarian films starring Noah Wyle, which previously aired on TNT. The series stars Rebecca Romijn and Wyle, who will reprise his film character in a recurring role. Other cast members include Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim.  Emmy winners John Larroquette and Bob Newhart are cast to appear in recurring roles.

The series’ storyline, which features globe-trotting adventure in every episode, requires that the production team take full advantage of the wide range of available locations in Oregon. The Electric Entertainment team is already familiar with the many things Oregon offers to filmmakers. In fact, Electric shot seasons two through five of TNT series Leverage in Portland from 2009-2012.

Series producer Rachel Olschan said it’s no accident they came back.

“After Dean Devlin produced the show Leverage, he fell in love with the state and its talented crewmembers,” she said. “We worked with Vince Porter and his office, as well as the Oregon legislature, to make it possible for Librarians to come to Oregon.”

Executive producer Dean Devlin (left) with Christian Kane and Lindy Booth.

Executive producer Dean Devlin (left) with Christian Kane and Lindy Booth.

The Librarians is being shot over 73 production days on location in several counties around Portland, as well as on the Electric Entertainment soundstages in Clackamas. Electric created the facility by converting over 60,000 square feet of warehouse space into state-of-the-art soundstages. Stage shooting includes work on the studio’s blue screen stage—the largest in the Northwest.

Olschan said the shoots so far have been successful.

Emmy-winning actor John Larroquette (left) and Dean Devlin.

Emmy-winning actor John Larroquette (left) and Dean Devlin.

“Production is going fantastic,” she said. “While the show is more complex than Leverage, our cast and crew are doing a great job. We couldn’t be happier.”

According to Olschan, about 97 percent of the cast is comprised of Oregon talent.

“One of the best things about shooting here is the talent pool—both the crew and the local actors,” she said.

The Librarians is set to wrap production in July and premiere later this year on TNT.

10 thoughts on “The Librarians: Around the World in Oregon”

  1. Awesome!! Can’t wait for #ChristianKane to be back on my tv screen again.. This looks like it is going to be very exciting show.. Really looking forward to it! ♥

  2. Dean Devlin is just awesome he is bringing us #TheLiberarians with #ChristianKane who was also apart of Dean’s show Leverage. Dean has got the best writers , crew, producers and actors bringing us these new series I can’t wait!!!!:-)

  3. Fabulous article! Can’t wait to see Christian Kane back on my TV! Also waiting for his movie, titled 50 to 1, to come to a local theater so I can see him on the silver screen!

  4. Ummm I don’t mean to be a stickler, but aren’t you are depriving that magazine of some money because we can now read the only article in the whole magazine worth reading for free? Kind of like listening to one song on the radio without having to buy the album ya know? Something about piracy laws and that it’s not a victimless crime etc etc. and a yada yada yada. BUT WHO CARES? Thanks for posting the article! Looking forward to the series. Glad to see that I finally got my answer about if Noah was going to be full on or just special guest star. I would really miss him on Falling Skies. Hope Christian get’s 2nd billing 🙂 Peace out!

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  5. This is awesome and exciting! So many creative, cool and collaborative people being involved on The Librarians show right here in the Portland area. I enjoyed the past movies and getting to be involved with even a small portion of the show was fantastic. I hope the show is a big success!

  6. Love the Librarian movies and looking forward to the show! I have to say Christian Kane is the number one reason I will be watching. He and Dean Devlin and John Rogers together again after Leverage can only mean a well written, directed, produced and acted hit tv show!!!! Can Not Wait:)


    PS. Have met Christian Kane quite a few times at his concerts (the man can sing!!! ) and he is one of the nicest people you could meet. Easy on the eyes, too;). Just saying!!

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