Plus Arrow Has a Special
Two new series join the list of active shows in the Fall 2013 season tonight, October 2: Ironside, NBC’s update of the Raymond Burr crime drama that aired for eight seasons from 1967–1975 on the network, and the ABC comedy Super Fun Night.
Ironside 2.0, now set in New York City instead of the original San Francisco, stars Blair Underwood (The Event) as the title cop, Detective Robert Ironside. Confined to the requisite wheelchair, Ironside still manages to overcome his various demons (many related to why he’s in the wheelchair, of course), get the job done, and catch violent criminals by relying on his trusted team of much younger colleagues when necessary.
The trio of skilled right-hand crime busters consists of Holly (Greek‘s Spencer Grammer), Teddy (Smash‘s Neal Bledsoe), and Virgil (Weeds‘ Pablo Schreiber), all of whom share pretty faces and the ability to engage in humorous banter while hunting down perps. Brent Sexton (The Killing) also costars as Ironside’s guilt-racked former partner, and Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy) plays his frequently exasperated boss. Check out the pilot premiere at 10pm ET, or if you can’t wait, the episode remains available at Hulu.com, where it’s been playing for a while.
Over on ABC, sitcom Super Fun Night opens for the season at 9:31pm with the debut installment “Anything for Love” (as opposed to the previously scheduled then nixed pilot episode). Australian triple threat Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids ) writes, co-executive produces, and stars in the comedy as New York City-based lawyer Kimmie Boubier. She and her BFF roommates, Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) and Marika (Lauren Ash, Scare Tactics), decide to spread their wings and live fuller lives by taking their regular Friday “Super Fun Night” get-together to the next level each week. First up, Kimmie tries to conquer her fear of singing in public at their outing to a piano bar.
Although hit CW superhero drama Arrow doesn’t kick off its sophomore season until next week, fans can review what happened during the first 23 episodes when the recap special “Year One” airs at 8pm. Then tune in to the “City of Heroes” second-season premiere on Wednesday, October 9, at the same time.
Ironside photo courtesy of NBC