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Series debut: The Unusuals

In series debut, television, tv on 04/08/2009 at 9:14 am

Series name
The Unusuals

Debuts
Wednesday, April 8 at 10  p.m. on ABC (right after Lost, so actually, it starts a couple of a minutes after 10 p.m.)

Regularly airs
Wednesdays, starting a couple of minutes after Lost.

Premise
Young NYPD female detective is transferred from vice to homicide. She’s got a secret (born rich!) and her new colleagues are wack jobs. Read on.

Primary cast and crew
Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Joan of Arcadia) is Det. Casey Schraeger. She’s hiding her Park Avenue pedigree.

Jeremy Renner (28 Days Later, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Dahmer) is Det. Jason Walsh. He can spot a thong at 10 paces. Oh yeah. His former partner was killed. Remember this.

Harold Perrineau (Lost) is Det. Leo Banks. He’s got a thing about his Kevlar vest. And about not dying.

Adam Goldberg (Two Days in Paris, Entourage, Saving Private Ryan, Head Cases) is Det. Eric Delahoy. He’s got a thing about dying. That’s all I’m saying.

Josh Close (Twist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Pacific) is Det. Henry Cole, Bible-thumper with a few sins to his name. Which he regrets.

Monique Gabriela Curnen (The Dark Knight, Half Nelson) is Det. Allison Beaumont. Tough broad with trust issues. You can call her Uncle.

Kai Lennox (Yes Man, He’s Just Not That Into You, 40 Days and 40 Nights) is the very ambitious Det. Eddie Alvarez. He’s got the look of a porn star playing a cop. Who talks about himself in the third person. Is it me or is the air in here choked with eccentricities?

Terry Kinney (Oz, thirtysomething) is Sgt. Harvey Brown. He tells Schraeger, “I need somebody who can’t be bribed or intimidated. My house is in disarray. I need you to help me clean it up.”

Noah Hawley (Bones) is the creator; Bob DeLaurentis (The O.C.) and Peter O’Fallon (The Riches) are exec produducers, with an assist by Peter Tolan (Rescue Me)

Buzz buzz


But what do I know anyway? After not having seen the pilot I declare…
This is one freaking great cast, and I like the comic tone (or what I’ve seen of it in the admittedly untrustworthy trailer) and the freak-of-the-week structure paired with an ongoing mystery or two (Walsh’s partner, the Bible-thumper’s past). Am worried they’re working the whole Unusuals angle way to hard. Hopefully, Episodes 2 and 3 will reveal a great set of actors settling into a solid dark-comic drama.

Other reviews
The L.A. Times’ Robert Lloyd agrees the trying-too-hard is worrisome, but sees potential.

Hollywood Reporter’s Randee Dawn says it’s “is a rapid-fire, clever mix of style and content”.

Official website
Basic bios and a barrage of sneak previews and other videos, but don’t bother with Tamblyn’s on-set Flipcam vid, which would be lame by dad’s-home-video standards.

Can’t wait for the next new-series preview?
Three burst open on Thursday, April 9 (Parks & Recreation, Southland, Harper’s Island) and I’ve actually seen a couple of the pilot episodes. Settle down. I’ll get them to you by the crack of Thursday.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for the complete and updated list of mid-season premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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