TBS and TNT upfronts were today and they gave us a sneak peek at their extensive list of new shows. And yep, most of them involve police work of some kind, because lord knows that’s the only interesting job where people can have engaging narratives to tune out while you cook dinner and nothing else is on. Either way, your mom is going to love these new shows.
We’re spotlighting the seven most interesting ones. Check out ComingSoon for the full rundown of all the new shows.
Major Crimes (TNT): It's a spin-off. After seven years, Kyra Sedgwick’s The Closer is on its final season and the transition will follow Mary McDonnell to LA because that’s where all spin-offs have to be set. If you enjoy The Closer, there is a good chance you’ll like this one as well.
Conan (TBS): Well, it’s not so much a new show as it is a vacation. Conan O'Brien will take his show on the road to NYC October 31 to November 3 in his first televised return to the city. Expect many jokes at the expense of NBC and quips about how it feels like running into an awkward ex. It should be excellent.
The Wedding Band (TBS): Brian Austin Green (the lucky son of bitch married to Megan Fox; everything else he does is irrelevant) and Melora Hardin star in a show about four friends that moonlight in a band. Basically we've got another show about four slacker dudes, hooray for the male gender! This is what we’ve come down to! Congrats!
Scent of the Missing (TNT): Your basic cop procedural, but with a dog!
Gateway (TNT): Three brothers try to make a stand in the Old West during the years following the Civil War. While AMC is doing their own version of the post-Civil War era, it’s nice to TNT actually try something different.
An American Couple (TBS): This is your basic comedy about a couple getting hitched and their adventures on the way to the alter. What sets this one apart is that it’ll be an hour long show, from Mike O’Malley (Glee and Guts, two shows that need to be crossed NOW), and executive producer Conan O’Brien.
Pyramid (TBS): Yep, they’re bringing back the classic game only this time Andy Richter is hosting. Worth checking out for the host only? You betcha.
Normally when a source breaks a story on a casting announcement for a big show it gets a nice little article like the one you’re reading now. But Deadline decided to put three of them together in one post so now you’re getting a SUPER MEGA POST WITH THREE TIMES THE NEWS AND THREE TIMES THE FUN! OH YEAH!
First up - Hawaii Five-O gets a new recurring character with Larisa Oleynik. If you were born around 1985, you will remember her as Alex Mack in The Secret World of Alex Mack. Oleynik will play a CIA agent that joins the gang as a task force leader in charge of teaching the them not to spout out terrible exposition. As much as we may wish that were the case, she’ll actually be joining the hunt for arch-nemesis Wo Fat (and as a potential love interest for either Danno or McGarrett or hell, even both of them?). We'd like to take this time to thank Oleynik for the strange attraction to silver puddles that plagued middle school boys in the mid-90s, not that we know any of them or anything.
Next we have Melora Hardin, the frighteningly insane Jan on The Office, who has joined the hour-long TBS pilot The Wedding Band. The show follows (naturally) a wedding band comprised of two lifelong friends - one a dedicated bachelor, the other a married man and father of two. Will they bicker about love during the reception? Tune in to find out! Hardin will play the president of an event planning company that regularly hires the duo. The other big note about this show is that Brian Austin Green will play one of the lead roles. Green is married to Megan Fox. I’m just glad to see him doing something to earn that coveted spot as THE LUCKIEST MAN ON THE FACE OF THIS PLANET. That ungrateful ass...
And finally, Alcatraz has landed its final regular with Santiago Cabrera. There isn’t any word on the role he will be playing in the really-sounds-familiar “mysterious island disappears and time travels under mysterious circumstances” show from J.J. Abrams. Cabrera is best known for his role Heroes, but we won’t hold that against him.
Catching up with Melora Hardin, aka Jan from The Office, at the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning premiere was a fortuitous thing. She ending up giving us just a snippet of what’s coming up for Jan in The Office:
“Jan is pregnant, so you’ll see her pregnancy a little bit and ultimately get to see what she’s like as a mother,” Hardin explains. “At the moment, [Michael] isn’t involved in any way, but he wants to be the surrogate dad, for sure, and he’s going to try his best to be involved in the kid’s life. And she’s going to let him do that. Then there’s also some wonderful tension between Jan and the new HR women (played by Amy Ryan).”
Oh, we can’t wait to see that cat fight! The Office’s one-hour season premiere begins Sept. 25 at 9/8c.