King & Maxwell Continues TNT’s Off-Beat Drama Trend

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Rebecca Romijn & Jon Tenney: stars of TNT show King & Maxwell

The latest addition to the summer TV schedule comes from cable channel TNT. King & Maxwell is a buddy private eye procedural starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn. The show was created by Shane Brennan who also created NCIS: Los Angeles. I like the cast but I was hoping for a more jokey style. Without that twist I don’t see the show being different that what I’ve seen a million times before. Then again not all summer TV is suppose to be filling. I’ll give it a chance.

Here’s the official TNT blurb:

In TNT’s brand new scripted drama, King & Maxwell, Jon Tenney (The Closer) and Rebecca Romijn (X-Men) play private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, characters originally seen in the bestselling series of books by author David Baldacci, and developed for series by NCIS: Los Angeles creator, Shane Brennan.

Sean King (Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (Romijn) aren’t your typical private investigators. Both are former Secret Service agents, and their unique skills – not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry – give them a leg up on conventional law enforcement. Maxwell is a former elite athlete who uses her brains, beauty and Beltway connections to solve cases. King’s career in the Secret Service ended when the presidential candidate he was assigned to protect was assassinated, sending him on a downward spiral. Today, King has added a law degree to his arsenal of skills, allowing him to navigate the system in ways a typical private investigator never could. Along the way, King and Maxwell clash over everything, from her garbage-strewn car to his love of wine over beer.

King & Maxwell also stars Michael O’Keefe (Michael Clayton) and Chris Butler (The Good Wife) as F.B.I. Special Agents Rigby and Carter, who clash with King and Maxwell over their less-than-legal methods. In addition, Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy, TNT’s Wanted) stars as Edgar Roy.

About the Show

The reason I wanted to check out this show was because of Tenney and Romijn and because Shane Brennan created it. I was expecting it to be more jokey and hope maybe in future episode it might have more fun when it can. The show kind of reminded me if Kensi Blye and Marty Deeks were the only characters on NCIS: Los Angeles. And I’m sure there will a “will they or won’t they” plot line.

I do give props to TNT for putting the show on. Usually they are very series about their drama shows but “King & Maxwell” is more in the style of former show “The Closer” in tone.

It isn’t a bad show but I haven’t noticed anything special about it yet. I do plan on catching some more of the 10 episodes.

King & Maxwell – A Man of Words, A Woman of Action
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