The popular crime drama programs that have been on for several seasons began their premiere seasons last week introducing more interesting crimes and mysteries to solve. CBS continues to be the leader in showing the favorites, while ABC, NBC and FOX have a few.
CBS has new episodes starting with Hostages (new show, Mondays, 10 p.m./9c); NCIS (8 p.m./7c), NCIS: Los Angeles (9 p.m./8c) and Persons of Interest (10 p.m./9c); Criminal Minds (9 p.m./8c) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (10 p.m./9c) on Wednesdays; Elementary (10 p.m./9c) Thursdays; and Hawaii 5-0 (9 p.m./8c) and Blue Bloods (10 p.m./9c) on Fridays; The Mentalist (10 p.m./9c) Sundays.
CBS crime dramas are also popular due to their complete fall schedule (normally 22-23 episodes, from September to May) and their longevity. The longest CBS present crime drama Is CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; going into its 14th season. Next is NCIS (11th season), Criminal Minds (9), The Mentalist (5), NCIS: Los Angeles (5), Hawaii 5-0 (4), Blue Bloods (4), Person of Interest (3), and Elementary (2). The TV audience gets used to the characters; their identifications and personalities soon follows.
ABC ‘s season preimere of “Revenge” will begin its third season beginning Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9.pm/8c. Following the program is a new serial drama at 10/9c called “Betrayal.” Wikipedia gives the show’s plot –
The series stars Hannah Ware as Sara Hayward, a beautiful photographer, who begins an affair with Jack McAllister, a lawyer for a powerful family. Both unhappily married to other people, Jack and Sara find themselves drawn to one another. The premise also revolves around a murder trial, which involves both of them on separate sides which makes things even more complicated.
The serial drama also stars Chris Johnson and Henry Thomas.
There is a new program ABC hopes to capture an audience that is on Tuesday nights called “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), starring actors Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton. The pilot episode was stated as “Agent Phil Coulson assembles a group of highly skilled agents. Though the program is characterized as an action/adventure series, what do Marvel superheroes do – fight crime!
NBC came out with a bang on Monday, Sept. 23 with its new series “The Blacklist” which re-aired Saturday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c. The best part in the pilot was the kidnapping scene; loud , powerful and mind-blowing. The sound was like hearing it in a movie theater. What the following episodes will bring you’ll have to watch. For those who have not seen the program here is something from the NBC profiles –
WHO IS “RED REDDINGTON?” – Ex-government agent and one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in to the FBI and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with including a long-thought-dead terrorist but under one condition – he’ll only talk to newly-minted female FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job and what follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. Also starring are Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, and Ryan Eggold.
“Grimm” will begin its third season on October 25th Friday at 9/8c, followed by the new series “Dracula” at 10/9c. How many more renditions will we see of that vampire?
“Law and Order: SVU” continues their special cases going into its 15th season Wednesdays at 9/8c. The season primiere was a two-hour special.
“Ironside” began a renewed series that began Oct. 2. The original Ironside was a crime drama series starring actor Raymond Burr as Robert T. Ironside, a 20-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department. A sniper shot him and he became paralyzed from the waist down; sadly bound to a wheelchair the rest of his life. The popular series ran from 1967-1975. A made-for-tv movie, "The Return of Ironside." was made in 1993 which recaptured the original cast.
The new NBC series returns this time with an African American actor playing the role. Blair Underwood, known for movies such as "G" (2002), "Medea's Family Reunion" (2006) and "The Art of Getting By" (2009) is filling the role. His character is described as this –
A tough, sexy but acerbic police detective using a wheelchair after a shooting is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city
Underwood's television credits include "L.A. Law" (1987-1994), "Sex and the City" (2003-2004) and "The Event" (2010-2011).
The new Ironside, according to Wikipedia, thus far has received a 19% rating. Negative reviews have come from critics; ranging from comments that the show is poorly written and a disabled actor should have been cast for the series.
FOX's new series "Sleepy Hollow" and "Almost Human" have already premiered. The network's popular long-running police series "Cops" that aired for 25 years, was dropped and picked up by Spike TV in May. The FOX finale of Cops was shown on May 4. Deadline.com covered the cancellation by FOX with this comment from Spike –
“Cops is a remarkable series that has been able to sustain strong ratings well into its third decade, a monumental achievement in television,” said Spike TV president Kevin Kay. “As we continue to grow and expand our audience, new episodes of Cops, with its loyal audience of Adults 18-49, is the perfect addition to our primetime lineup on Saturday nights.”
TVGuide.com did research on changes of personnel in popular crime dramas in the 2013-2014 year. Below are remarks captured.
Law & Order: SVU
When the procedural returns for Season 15, Tony-nominated actor Raul Esparza will put theorder back into Law & Order full-time as a newly promoted series regular. The news was welcomed by fans who warmed to ADA Barba's brash but determined demeanor as he slowly became an unofficial member of the SVU squad. And who doesn't love his snazzy outfits?
Person of Interest
After becoming major players in the CBS drama's twisty narrative last season, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker have been upgraded to series regulars for Season 3. Although Shahi's Shaw will join Reese and Finch in their weekly hunt for the POI, her quick-trigger temperament could be a problem. Meanwhile, we're intrigued to see how the Machine's relationship with Acker's root develops while she's behind bars. (Something tells us she won't stay their long.)
At the end of Season 2, Connor Paolo's, Declan was killed off, which was neither shocking nor a huge loss for the viewers. But his death will certainly have lasting effects on Jack, who has lost his dad, dog, wife and now brother. Meanwhile, Ashley Madekwe, is set to exit the ABC drama early in the third season. Besides her being Daniel's ex and a part-time schemer, we don't think her departure will weigh too heavily on the plot.
As the show zeroes in on catching series-long nemesis Red John, the collateral damage is likely to be significant. That could explain why original cast members Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman will both exit the show before the end of what creator Bruno Heller calls "the most dramatic and game-changing season" yet. The show does plan to fill Rigsby and Van Pelt's void with new characters, one of which could potentially be played by Rockmond Dunbar.
Sorry, Tiva 'shippers! Cote de Pablo, who played main character Ziva David, has opted not to return to CBS' hit police procedural in its 11th season, thus permanently crushing the hopes and dreams of fans who wanted her to hook up with leading man Tony DiNozzo. CBS boss Les Moonves said Pablo was offered "a lot of money" to stay in the role, but "ultimately she decided she didn't want to do the show" – though she will appear in two episodes next season to wrap up Ziva's story line. At the very least, we hope they'll put to bed (perhaps literally?) speculation about what really happened between Ziva and Tony in Paris!