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Review: 'The Librarian: Curse of The Judas Chalice'

Librarian: Curse of The Judas Chalice

TNT, Sunday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

TNT's The Librarian: Curse of The Judas Chalice — the third and final act in TNT's popular Librarian franchise — finds the movie's hero, bookworm Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle), tiring of his role as savior of the world after his latest artifact-recovering escapade cost him a relationship with his girlfriend who doesn't take well to being second in his life.

But a much needed vacation to New Orleans turns into another strange adventure as Carsen is summoned in his dreams by Simone Renoir (Stana Katic), a beautiful New Orleans jazz club singer and centuries-old vampire who needs Carsen's help in protecting the location of the Judas Chalice, made from the 30 pieces of silver Judas received for betraying Jesus.

The Chalice is being pursued by a group seeking to resurrect the king of vampires Prince Vlad Dracul, and build an army of the undead to take over the world. The made-for-TV film also star Bruce Davison (X-Men) as Professor Lazlo, a crippled language and history expert who is kidnapped by the bad guys to find the Chalice. Bob Newhart (Judson) and Jane Curtin (Charlene) also reprise their roles as Carsen's overseers at the Library.

The movie's plot is pretty thin and the special effects are subpar, but the movie does have a certain charm about it that will keep viewers interested throughout its two-hour run.

Fans of the first two Librarian movies will applaud the franchise's final lap, while newcomers to the franchise should be entertained by the fast-paced film.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.