TNT has given the go-ahead for Legends, a new spy thriller series from Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), Alexander Cary (Homeland, Lie to Me) and Jonathan Levin (Charmed). It will star Game of Thrones veteran Sean Bean and they’ve ordered 10 episodes.
Here’s the 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
TNT has greenlit the suspenseful spy drama Legends, starring Screen Actors Guild Award(R) 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.”
About Fox 21
Fox 21 is a production company housed within Twentieth Century Fox Television devoted to making creatively ambitious scripted series for the cable television market, as well as unscripted shows for both cable and broadcast networks. Led by President Bert Salke, Fox 21 produces the Emmy(R)- and Golden Globe(R)-winning Homeland, starring Emmy winners Claire Danes and Damian Lewis; the critically acclaimed smash hit Sons of Anarchy; the breakout animated comedy Brickleberry, from Daniel Tosh; and the upcoming Those Who Kill, starring Chloe Sevigny; and The Witches of East End, starring Julia Ormond.
TNT is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households and ranking among cable’s top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Major Crimes, Perception and Franklin & Bash, as well as the upcoming King & Maxwell, The Last Ship and Legends. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like the upcoming 72 Hours, The Hero and Cold Justice. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Castle, The Mentalist, Bones and Supernatural; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R); blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
TNT is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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