Stay Tuned: Edie Falco plays L.A.’s first female police chief in new series ‘Tommy’
Three new series premiere this week with a “Riverdale” spinoff, a quirky crime drama and a procedural featuring the always excellent Edie Falco. “Homeland” returns for its final season.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
The CW has given a pilot order for a new drama called “Maverick.” Set in present day, the show is about a college-bound daughter of an authoritarian U.S. President who begins to question her loyalty to her father. The CW also gave a pilot order for a TV version of the cult vampire movie, “The Lost Boys.”
Imelda Staunton will be playing the next version of Queen Elizabeth II on the fifth and final season of “The Crown.” Creator Peter Morgan originally planned six seasons but decided that five is “the perfect time and place to stop.”
Fans of novelist Dan Brown’s symbologist Robert Langdon will have a chance to catch the character on the small screen. NBC has given a pilot order to “Langdon,” which will follow the Harvard hero as he solves puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and stop a global conspiracy.
Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
Lucy Hale plays the titular character in the premier of “Katy Keene” (Feb. 6, The CW, 8 p.m. ET). The “Riverdale” spinoff follows the adventures of Keene and three other Archie Comic characters, Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp) and Pepper Smith (Julia Chan), as they try to live out the dreams in New York City. It’s an entertaining melodrama featuring beautiful people and more than a few clichés.
Based on the Ross Thomas novel, “Briarpatch” (Feb. 6, USA, 10 p.m. ET) focuses on Allegra Dill (Rosario Dawson), an investigator who returns to her hometown on the Texas border to find the person responsible for murdering her sister. Like the novel, it’s a combination of pulp fiction and crime drama, which makes it strange and intriguing at the same time. Dawson however, is solid, and plays Dill with charm and wit.
The talented Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Sopranos”) returns to TV in the premiere of “Tommy” (Feb. 6, CBS, 10 p.m. ET). Falco plays Abigail “Tommy” Thomas, a former NYPD officer who becomes Los Angeles’ first female chief of police. A smart procedural imbued with politics and family drama; it is made even better with Falco’s skillful performance as a complicated outsider fighting a flawed system. The series comes from the creator of “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
It’s the final season of “Homeland” (Feb. 9, Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is now National Security Advisor to the newly elected President Warner (Beau Bridges). His mandate is to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations and there is no one better suited to help him than his protégé, but Carrie (Claire Danes) is recovering from months spent locked up in a Russian gulag. With a patchy memory, and against medical advice, she joins her mentor for one last mission.
Report Card: Ratings winners and losers
Winners: Fox renewed “Beat Shazam” for a fourth season.
Losers: Netflix canceled “Soundtrack” after one season.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.