3 Reasons TNT's 'King & Maxwell' Isn't Living Up to Its Potential

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TNT's original series tend to be a bit of mixed bag. For every good show like "The Closer" or "Leverage," there's a lemon like "Trust Me" or "Bull." TNT's latest series "King & Maxwell" has a lot of potential. And yet, even stalwart fans of the show are wondering if the ratings are good enough to ensure a Season 2.

"King & Maxwell" stars Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn are two former Secret Service agents who leave the service to become private detectives. The series debuted to numbers that were deemed just "OK" by Deadline. Those numbers might continue to slide because the show has three main problems that keep the series from living up to its potential.

1. The chemistry is flat

In the original novels by David Baldacci that form the basis of the "King & Maxwell" series, the dynamic duo at the center of events keep things platonic. Perhaps that's why there seems to be so little sizzle between King & Maxwell on the screen.

However, plenty of shows have proved that you can have sparkling chemistry between two "just friends" main characters, most notably SyFy's "Warehouse 13." That particular series focuses on the entirely nonromantic partnership between two former Secret Service agents, and "Warehouse 13" succeeds at creating a compelling partnership between two colleagues in a way that "King & Maxwell" just hasn't yet.

Whether "King & Maxwell" intends to be a slow-burning romance like "Bones" or a "buddy cop" show like "Warehouse 13" remains to be seen. Regardless, these characters need to click with one another in a more organic way to keep viewers interested.

2. The procedurals feel stale

The big problem with procedurals is that you can watch the episodes in pretty much any order, and you can keep up with the story even if you miss a few episodes here and there. While that might make it easier for new viewers to jump on the bandwagon at a later date, it also means that current viewers don't have much reason to watch "King & Maxwell" as an "appointment viewing" show.

Adding in more of a narrative arc to tie the whole season together would really make the series more addictive and turn the drama into summer's hottest water-cooler show. The series right now is a bit formulaic and needs a through-line to engage viewers further.

3. There's no "big bad"

If you want viewers to root for your main characters, it helps to pit them against a clever, cunning, and downright evil foe. While there are bad guys aplenty and lots of conspiracies to puzzle through, "King & Maxwell" could really use a juicy, scene-stealing "big bad" kind of villain for the heroes to face off against. If the show gets a Season 2, "King & Maxwell" needs to cast a big-name guest star as a megavillain.

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