Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Telemystery: New Prime Time Crime for Wednesday, September 22nd

Telemystery: Mystery and Suspense on Television

This week we're highlighting some of the new and returning prime time crime series that may be of interest to fans of mystery and suspense television programming. Here are the featured series for Wednesday, September 22nd.

ABC: The pilot episode of The Whole Truth airs at 10 PM (ET/PT). Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow), born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, is and one of New York's rising criminal defense attorney stars. Kathryn Peale (Maura Tierney), the product of a New England background and a sheriff father, is a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. These two have been friends (but enemies in the courtroom) since their days at Yale Law School, and face off in a case of a high school history teacher and family man who's arrested for the rape and murder of a female student.

CBS: The sixth season of Criminal Minds opens with an episode titled "The Longest Night" at 9 PM (ET/PT). The Behaviorial Analysis Unit (BAU) team closes in on a serial killer as he continues his murder spree throughout Los Angeles -- with Detective Spicer's kidnapped daughter as his hostage. The series stars Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU.

CBS: The pilot episode of The Defenders airs at 10 PM (ET/PT). Las Vegas defense attorneys Nick Morelli (Jim Belushi) and Pete Kaczmarek (Jerry O'Connell) defend a young man facing a murder charge in a case unique to the city that requires a slight bending of the rules and "by any means necessary" tactics.

NBC: Undercovers premieres at 8 PM (ET/PT) with its pilot episode. Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles. Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and good friend Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss and agency liaison, Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney), to locate and rescue Nash.

NBC: The twelfth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit opens with two back-to-back episodes, starting at 9 PM (ET/PT). In "Locum", a foster couple call Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) to the scene of the crime when their ten-year-old adopted daughter disappears. It soon comes to light that she ran away to meet with a man named Erik Weber, whom she met on the internet and whom Benson and Stabler suspect of ulterior motives regarding the girl. Weber denies any wrongdoing, and also expresses romantic interest in Benson. However, as the investigation continues, the detectives realize that the girl's foster parents may be hiding something that could change the entire course of the case. In "Bullseye", Detectives Benson and Stabler are called to the hospital after a 10-year-old girl is raped. They arrive to find her so traumatized that she cannot even tell them her name. With the help of Detectives Odafin Tutuola and John Munch, they are able to identify the young victim. But they soon realize that her home life is far from normal as Dr. George Huang discovers that her mother suffers from a rare condition that renders her unable to recognize that the young girl is, in fact, her daughter. When the detectives find themselves without a lead, Erik Weber, a man they met on their previous case, decides to get involved. But he may be overstepping his bounds.


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