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King & Maxwell

"King & Maxwell" review by Suzanne
Premieres Monday, June 10 at 10/9c on TNT

This is a fun new show based on a series of books. I've read some of Baldacci's books, but not this particular series. I love the actors. Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romjin are veteran actors who have been on a ton of TV shows. He was fabulous as Brenda's husband in "The Closer". This role is about as opposite from that stalwart FBI character as you can get (and still be a good guy, not a villain).  Romjin has been great in shows like "Ugly Betty", "Eastwick" and many others.

The two play a couple of private eyes that used to be secret service agents. They are very rough around the edges but get the job done. They have special skills from their years in law enforcement but now have a lot of fun together. It's very entertaining.

I recommend you watch it and see for yourself!


King & Maxwell – New Series – Premiere: Monday, June 10, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

This brand new private-eye drama features Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn as bestselling author David Baldacci‘s popular characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. These two 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 Olympic 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 and Chris Butler as F.B.I. Special Agents Rigby and Carter, who clash with King and Maxwell over their less-than-legal methods. This series is being produced by CBS Television Studios. Shane Brennan (NCIS: Los Angeles), Grant Anderson (Third Watch); and Chris Downey (Leverage) serve as executive producers, with Karen Spiegel as producer and Baldacci as series consultant.

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Summer’s biggest crime dramas kick off Monday, June 10 at 9/8c with Major Crimes and King & Maxwell.

Episode Synopses

"Pilot" – Monday, June 10, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

Sean King (Jon Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (Rebecca 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. In the series opener, when a lawyer friend of Sean's is mysteriously murdered, Sean decides to represent an autistic savant and accused serial killer his friend was defending in hopes of discovering what happened to him. Together, King and Maxwell discover a possible plot that has political repercussions.

Directed by Michael Katelman

Written by Shane Brennan

Developed by Shane Brennan

Based on the 'King' & 'Maxwell' Series by David Baldacci

Teleplay by Shane Brennan

"Second Chances" – Monday, June 17, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

When Michelle is questioned after an assassination attempt on a visiting diplomat she was once assigned to protect, Sean steps in as her lawyer. The two begin to investigate a possible high-level cover-up to clear Michelle's name.

Directed by Tony Wharmby

Written by Shane Brennan

Developed by Shane Brennan

Based on the 'King' & 'Maxwell' Series by David Baldacci

"Wild Card" – Monday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

When FBI Agent Carter (Chris Butler) is suspended after assaulting an officer, King and Maxwell investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. What they find leads them on a bizarre trail involving clues from Carter's most recent case. Meanwhile, Sean reveals more about his past as a Secret Service agent and the mistake that led to his downfall.

Directed by Paul Kaufman

Written by Chris Downey

Developed by Shane Brennan

Based on the 'King' & 'Maxwell' Series by David Baldacci

Production Bios

Shane Brennan

Executive Producer

Shane Brennan serves as executive producer of the new TNT series King & Maxwell, which he developed based on a series by the bestselling author David Baldacci. In addition, he is creator, executive producer and showrunner of the hit CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles and an executive producer on NCIS.

Brennan's other television credits include CSI: Miami, One Tree Hill and Summerland. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Brennan worked on a number of Australian television series, including Tales of the South Seas, The Man From Snow River: The McGregor Saga, Witch Hunt and Ocean Girl, among others. 

Brennan has won a number of national and international awards, including two Australian Writers Guild Awards for Best Television Series and Best Situation Comedy; a Penguin Award for Best Television Series Episode; an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Miniseries; and a Chicago Film Festival Award, also for Best Miniseries. He has been nominated five times for Australian Writers Guild Awards. In 2009, Brennan was awarded the Television Showman of the Year Award by the International Cinematographers Guild.

Brennan, who was born in Australia, has a degree in journalism. He currently resides in Los Angeles and Australia with his wife, Cathryn, and their three children.

Grant Anderson

Executive Producer

Grant Anderson serves as executive producer of King & Maxwell, alongside Chris Downey and Shane Brennan. He is also president of Shane Brennan Productions, where he oversees development and production for the company’s projects.

Prior to Shane Brennan Productions, Anderson was vice president of current programs at CBS Television Studios, overseeing such hit series such NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds and the CSI franchise.

 Anderson started his career in television at Lorimar and Warner Bros Television on the show Homefront, subsequently working his way up the ranks with the John Wells Group on such series as ER and Third Watch.

 Born in northern California and raised in Los Angeles, Anderson is a rabid fan of the Giants and 49ers, but admits to having a soft spot in his heart for the Dodgers. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children.

Chris Downey

Executive Producer

Chris Downey is an American television writer and producer who co-created the show Leverage that ran for 5 seasons on TNT and is currently showrunner and executive producer of the new show King & Maxwell coming to TNT in summer 2013. Downey got his start in television writing an episode of Cosby for CBS and proceeded to write for several other shows including Alan Ball's Oh, Grow Up, and the James L. Brooks produced What About Joan. In 2001 he went on to become a writing producer on the long-running Kevin James-starrer The King of Queens.

Prior to his career in television, Downey was a white collar criminal defense attorney and also worked in journalism. Downey currently hosts a weekly podcast The Downey Files, in which he and a guest writer tackle a half-baked movie idea and attempt to develop it in full in half an hour.

Cast Bios

Jon Tenney

Sean King

Jon Tenney appeared for seven seasons on the critically acclaimed TNT drama The Closer, in which he portrayed FBI Agent Fritz Howard opposite Kyra Sedgwick. The series received four Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for Outstanding Ensemble Cast. Tenney also directed one episode of The Closer, as well as an episode of its follow-up series Major Crimes, in which he reprised his Fritz Howard role in four episodes.

After graduating from Vassar College, Tenney trained at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. Appearing in his first school play in the third grade, Tenney has an extensive theatrical background, which includes four seasons with the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival, working opposite such actors as Christopher Walken, Dianne Wiest, Blythe Danner, Kevin Spacey and Christopher Reeve, among many others.

Tenney's film credits include Legion, Stepfather, Rabbit Hole, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, the Showtime movie Homecoming, You Can Count On Me, Tombstone, Watch It, Fools Rush In, Beverly Hills Cop III, The Phantom, Lassie, Music from Another Room, With Friends Like These, Entropy, Lovelife, Oliver Stone's Nixon and Showtime’s Twilight of the Golds.

In 1989, Tenney co-starred alongside Candice Bergen in the hit TV series Murphy Brown, playing Josh, the older brother of Miles. Tenney’s varied television credits include starring roles in Dick Wolf’s Crime & Punishment (NBC), Thomas Carter's Equal Justice (ABC), Steven Bochco’s Brooklyn South (CBS), Dirty Dozen: The Series (FOX), Get Real (FOX),  Good Company (CBS) and Kristin (NBC). Additionally, he has made guest appearances on such hit shows as CSI, Will & Grace, Without a Trace and most recently three episodes of the hit HBO series The Newsroom.

On stage, Tenney most recently starred in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles, opposite Jane Kaczmarek. He starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of The Heiress on Broadway, as well as the national touring company of Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols. In the winter of 2006 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Tenney starred in the award-winning David Mamet play Speed-the-Plow, portraying the title character of Bobby Gould opposite Alicia Silverstone and Greg Germann. Off-Broadway, he originated the role of Mitch Albom in the critically acclaimed stage version of Tuesdays With Morrie. At The Old Globe, he played Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and starred in Terrence McNally's Up In Saratoga, opposite Mary Louise Parker. And at New York's Roundabout Theatre, he starred opposite Holly Hunter in Beth Henley’s Impossible Marriage.

Other notable Broadway productions include Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues and A.R.Gurney’s Sweet Sue, co-starring with Lynn Redgrave and Mary Tyler Moore. Additional Off-Broadway productions include the title role in Tartuffe, the original company of A Shayna Maidel, David Marshall Grant's Current Events and John Patrick Shanley’s Beggars in the House of Plenty at Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire and John Guare’s Chaucer in Rome at the renowned Lincoln Center.

 Rebecca Romijn

Michelle Maxwell

Rebecca Romijn continues to maintain her leading lady status in Hollywood with roles in a number of prominent film and television projects. She most recently starred in the Tyler Perry romantic comedy Good Deeds, opposite Tyler and Thandie Newton, and in the Adult Swim comedy NTSF:SD:SUV, opposite Paul Scheer, Martin Starr and Rob Riggle. Previously she co-starred for two seasons on the Emmy®-nominated ABC comedy series Ugly Betty.

On the big screen, Romijn has starred in the blockbuster hits X-Men, X2 and X3: The Last Stand as villainess Mystique. She recently reprised this role for a cameo in X-Men: First Class. It was her role in Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale, opposite Antonio Banderas, that won her critical acclaim for her performance as a con-woman attempting to go straight while being haunted by her shady past. Other film credits include, The Punisher, Godsend, Rollerball, Simone, Lies and Alibis, Man About Town and, most recently, Lake City.

Romijn previously starred on the WB series Pepper Dennis. She began crossing over from the fashion world to TV with memorable appearances on the hit television shows Friends and Just Shoot Me, as well as hosting MTV’s House of Style.

 Romijn currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Jerry O'Connell, and their twin daughters.

Ryan Hurst

Edgar Roy

In 2012 remarkably versatile actor Ryan Hurst completed his five-year turn on FX networks mega hit Sons of Anarchy as undisputed fan favorite Opie Winston. His performance shared the Satellite Awards win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television with Peter Dinklage in 2011.

Hurst is arguably best known for his breakout performance starring opposite Denzel Washington in Disney's mega-hit Remember the Titans, for which he also directed the film's second unit footage. Additional high-profile feature film roles include Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, the Coen Brothers' The LadykillersWe Were Soldiers, Patch AdamsRules of Engagement and the animated feature Rango.

Recent independent film work includes starring alongside Alan Rickman in CBGB, the story of the birth of punk rock in America, which is set for release in 2013. Hurst also starred in the short film Midnight Rider, written by Jordan Harper (The Mentalist) and produced and directed by Nina Corrado (The Mentalist).

Additional television credits include Steven Speilberg’s Taken, TNT's action-packed cop drama Wanted and NBC's Emmy®-winning Medium.

On stage, Hurst's starring role in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, with Rhea Pearlman and Rebecca Gayheart, earned him the Best Performance in a Comedy award from Backstage West. The Viking Underground Repertory, Hurst's Equity Theater Production Company, debuted to rave reviews in 2004 with its newly adapted production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in which Hurst starred, directed and produced.

Hurst, along with his wife, Molly Cookson, owns his own production company, Fast Shoes Productions. He recently directed two Sons of Anarchy episodes and is currently in pre-production on a feature film he wrote and is set to direct in 2014.

Michael O’Keefe

FBI Agent Rigby

Over the span of his career, Michael O'Keefe has appeared in a number of critical and commercial hit films, such as Michael Clayton, Frozen River, Apt 143, Junction, The Pledge, Ironweed, Caddyshack and The Great Santini, for which he garnered Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Television audiences will remember O'Keefe as Fred on Roseanne, as well as for his other appearances on The West Wing, Law & Order, House M.D., The Closer and Brothers and Sisters. On Broadway, O'Keefe has appeared in productions of Reckless, Side Man, The Fifth of July and Mass Appeal, for which he received a Theater World Award.

In addition to acting, O'Keefe also enjoys writing in a variety of forms. In 2009, he wrote and published a book of poems entitled Swimming from Under My Father, which was very well received and reviewed. He penned the lyrics for the Grammy-winning song Longing in their Hearts, which was composed and sung by Bonnie Raitt. More recently, his work with Raitt included writing the lyrics for Marriage Made in Hollywood, composed by Paul Brady which appeared on her new Grammy-winning album Slipstream. His writing has also appeared in BOMB, Lake Affect and Chaparral, and he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College.

Chris Butler

FBI Agent Carter

Chris Butler is an accomplished screen and stage actor who, up till now, is perhaps best known for his portrayal of ASA Matan Brody on The Good Wife. He’s also had major or recurring roles in Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn, True Blood, NCIS: LA, Torchwood, Criminal Minds, Castle, Two Guys and a Girl, iCarly and Rizzoli & Isles.

In the theater, Butler has performed the works of the some of the greatest playwrights of the past and present, from William Shakespeare to August Wilson to David Mamet and beyond. On Broadway, he played Audra McDonald's brother, Noah, in the Tony-nominated revival of 110 In The Shade. And he was blessed to call Phylicia Rashaad, Diahann Carroll, Clifton Davis and Leslie Uggams family in Blue at The Pasadena Playhouse. Chris has received two LA Ovation, LA Drama Critics and NAACP Theater Awards for his work in Yellowman at the Fountain Theater and Stick Fly at the Matrix Theater.

Raised in Charlotte, N.C., Butler is a graduate of West Mecklenburg High School. It was there, with the help of Planned Parenthood’s FOCUS Teen Theater Troupe, that he discovered his passion for acting. With the tremendous love and support of his family, Butler went on to study theater in college, receiving a bachelor's degree in dramatic arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in acting from the University of California at San Diego.

Butler now spends much of his time on the softball fields and golf courses of sunny southern California, where he currently resides with his beloved Tatiana and two great pups.


Sean King

Jon Tenney

A former Secret Service agent and attorney, Sean King is now a private investigator with his friend and partner, Michelle Maxwell. Armed with his charm and quick wit, Sean can talk himself out of almost any situation...usually because he's forgotten his gun. And while they may differ in style and methodology, Sean is at his best when working together with Michelle.

Michelle Maxwell

Rebecca Romijn

Also an ex-Secret Service Agent, Michelle Maxwell is as dangerous as she is beautiful. While she may be a bit of a slob with an impulsive streak and a hair-trigger temper, she knows how to handle herself in a tight spot. Despite constantly clashing with Sean over just about everything from pop songs to dating habits, Michelle is the true yin to his yang.


Ryan Hurst

Intimidating-looking, this suspected serial killer is a silent "man-giant" seen chained in his prison cell on a suicide watch. A high-functioning autistic savant with an extraordinary ability to see patterns and numerical sequences, the case takes a surprising turn when Sean King agrees to be his lawyer.

FBI Agent Rigby

Michael O’Keefe

Gruff, skeptical, and dry, this veteran federal agent is a by-the-book authoritarian who loathes having to deal with private investigators meddling in his crimes scenes. Especially when they’re ex-Secret Service Agents. After Sean and Michelle begin solving case after case, Rigby starts to see them as colleagues... but that doesn't mean he has to be nice about it. 

FBI Agent Carter

Chris Butler

This FBI agent is Rigby's junior partner. He actually likes Sean and Michelle and tends to help their investigations, much to the chagrin of Rigby.

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