king maxwell premiere tnt 'King & Maxwell' premiere: How does it stack up to David Baldacci's books?“King & Maxwell” is the latest in TNT’s ampersand crime dramedies, this one starring Jon Tenney as Sean King and Rebecca Romijn as Michelle Maxwell, both former Secret Service who are now a duo of private investigators.

If you haven’t read the books, we’re curious what you thought about the new series. Tenney and Romijn have a cute chemistry, for sure. But as fans of the book series, we wish the show had started at a different point in time.

In the book series, King and Maxwell meet each other when her missing presidential candidate turns out to be tied to King’s assassinated presidential candidate from eight years earlier. It’s a terrific mystery and there is a development of the characters before they are joined up working as investigators.

We wish the show had gone that way — it would’ve been fun to watch the “Split Second” events play out over the course of a season, and then in Season 2 get into the events of “Hour Game,” as someone starts imitating the most infamous murderers in history. Instead, the show jumps into King and Maxwell’s lives in “The 6th Man,” the fifth book in the series.

It’s not that the premiere was bad — it wasn’t. But we wish the show had gone a different way with its plots. Certainly the will-they-or-won’t-they vibe would have been a lot more interesting if they weren’t already colleagues in the private sector.

What did you think of “King & Maxwell”?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."