TNT Greenlights Spy Drama 'Legends', Starring Sean Bean

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May 8th, 2013


via press release:

TNT Greenlights Spy Drama Legends, Starring Sean Bean


Series from Producers of Homeland is Based on Novel by Master Spy Novelist Robert Littell


Legends Trailer:


TNT has greenlit the suspenseful spy drama Legends, starring Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings). TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is being produced by Fox 21. Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), Alexander Cary (Homeland, Lie to Me) and Jonathan Levin (Charmed) serve as executive producers, along with showrunners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, the creators of Sleeper Cell. Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor, The Day After Tomorrow) and Mark Bomback (LIve Free or Die Hard) serve as consulting producers. The pilot was directed and executive-produced David Semel (Heroes, Person of Interest) and written by Nachmanoff, who developed the story with Gordon and Bomback.


Set to premiere on TNT in 2014, Legends is based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, whose CIA novel The Company served as the basis for TNT's acclaimed 2007 miniseries. In Legends, Bean stars as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations (D.C.O.) division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be.


Legends also stars Ali Larter (Heroes) as Crystal Quest, a fellow operative who has a history with Martin and is uneasy about his return to D.C.O.; Rob Mayes (The Client List, John Dies at the End) as Troy Quinn, a former Special Ops agent with a single-minded mission-first mentality; Tina Majorino (Grey's Anatomy, True Blood) as Maggie Harris, the newest member of the DCO team; Steve Harris (The Practice, Awake) as Nelson Gates, the director of the DCO Task Force; and Amber Valletta (Revenge) as Sonya Odum, Martin's ex-wife; and Lux Haney Jardine (Abraham Lincon: Vampire Hunter) as Martin's pre-teen son, Aiden.


"Legends has everything you want in a good spy drama: intriguing characters, multi-layered plots, a terrific cast and lots of action and suspense," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "At the center of it all is Sean Bean, giving an outstanding performance in an extremely complex and difficult role. We are very excited to work with Howard Gordon and his fellow executive producers, who have put together a truly extraordinary drama."

  • chris

    Sean Bean? Homeland producers? I’m in…

  • Ned Mallacy

    Excellent news , been waiting 12 months since the first noise of potential pilot!.

  • ethan

    This seems good…glad that TNT is upping the ante for next year with this and the Last Ship, instead of doing another cop procedural…good for them. would be nice if USA embraced something like this also. And honestly, it seems like a smart move, when you consider the success of Falling Skies.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Sounds good to me. I’ll watch it. Sean Bean is usually really good.

  • silvit


    Don’t worry, they’ll find a way to make it milquetoast in pure TNT vanilla style. ;-)

    TNT cop procedurals are (rightfully so) dying. Watch them crumbling this summer. That’s why they are moving away from them. People will have their dose of scripted shows with Breaking Bad and Showtime shows. To think that shows like the Sopranos aired in the summer/spring. Those were the days.

  • DonJ1973

    Looks good. TNT is really shaping up some good action shows for next summer. Plus, Howard Gordon and Alex Cary are producing along with the Producers of Sleeper Cell. I’m definitely in. But damn, summer 2013 hasn’t even started yet and they are already promoting summer 2014.

  • DonJ1973


    What the hell are you talking about? Major Crimes and Rizzoli and Isles are still 2 of the highest rated shows on their network.

    I’m glad that TNT is trying more serialized shows as opposed to procedurals.

  • Neil

    Sean Bean is better than Brendan Fraser!

  • Jason

    So, when does Sean Bean’s character die in this one? :D

  • Amanda Kondolojy

    So, when does Sean Bean’s character die in this one? :D

    My question exactly.

  • silvit


    Which only tells you how in bad shape TNT is. Hence the moving away from them. Falling Skies does better, Dallas did as bad as the two you mentioned but against broadcast competition. Major Crimes disappointed, R&I is way down. These are facts. And I said watch them crumbling next summer. The trend for both shows is down. And they’ll keep going down. The fact that TNT is making press releases about two shows which will premiere next year should tell you something about their expectations and confidence about its 2013 slate. They don’t give a damn because they know they already belong to the past.

    They have all the data about their shows, and the fact that they chose to promote these other shows is very very indicative. Business 101. ;-)

    By the way, I don’t think this show will premiere in summer 2014, rather in the spring in Southland place.

  • tv#1

    I like Sean Bean and Ali Larter. This premise sounds interesting but seemingly it will be episodic. I wish it was going to be serialized. I would be much more excited for it if it was.

  • DonJ1973

    Yeah Major Crimes getting a 19 episode season in season 2 is very indicative that the show is going downhill LOL.

    The last original episode of Major Crimes got 5.1M viewers got 5.1M viewers and 0.9. Yeah that’s totally awful. (Sarcasm)

  • DonJ1973

    Staying on topic, with Legends and The Last Ship getting greenlit, it looks like Southland is really dead.

  • silvit


    Let’s talk about it when summer will come. TNT is not famous for making crap decisions only to backpedaling later (Saving Grace anyone?)Will see if there will be a S3. And a 0.9 is nothing to talk home about. At all. How many scripted cable shows did worse than that for its finale? Oh yeah, R&I. Just to prove my point. At least shows like Mad Man are justified in their low ratings.

  • silvit

    ^^^ Sorry “TNT IS famous for making crap decisions”

  • GB

    Dear Silvidiot the angry troll,
    Procedurals dying? Really? Rizzoli and Isle and Major crimes are two of the highest rated cable dramas last summer in viewers (25-54). Now adding action adventure to grow the Fallen Skies audience…also a top five show. They’re making announcements now because upfronts are next week..but since you are such a non- entity you wouldn’t know that. Your blind hatered for TNT is so obvious it makes your commentary dismissible.What’s your deal bud? You don’t like TNT so be it. But the constant vitriol is suspicious. Maybe they should get Rizzoli and Isle to find out who you are and kick your sorry ass.

  • silvit


    It’s not that in the summer there are hundreds of shows to choose from. The only shows that do worse than them are the other TNT shows (with the exclusion of Falling Skies which does much better than the both of them). But hey, they both did better than Leverage. ;-)

    USA shows do much better than them in every category. They just don’t report it with silly press releases because they prefer bragging about their 18-49 or 18-34 ratings, which are more important. TNT can’t, since it doesn’t do that good in those categories, especially the 18-34 where its ratings are abysmal (barring the NBA obviously).

    But if you want you can brag about the 330,000 18-34 that R&I could muster for its finale out of more than 4 million viewers. :lol: talking about skewing old (and note how TNT never reported the live+ 7 days for the winter run, unlike the previous year. Maybe the results weren’t that good??? ;-) ). Even if I’m sure Major Crimes did worse given the geriatric lead character.

    Any poster here knows that May is the month of the upfront, since we always had updates on them in the past. Don’t feel so special.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “Staying on topic, with Legends and The Last Ship getting greenlit, it looks like Southland is really dead.”

    For most of the cast, I thought the writers kind of wrote themselves into a corner at the end of the season anyway. When Dewey is one of the more positive characters on the show, something’s not right.

  • GB

    BTW that was for Silvidiot!

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