A day after giving a series order to Michael Bay’s The Last Ship, TNT has greenlit Legends, a spy drama starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and executive produced by Homeland‘s Howard Gordon. The show, which has been given a 10-episode first season that will debut in summer 2014, centers on Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (D.C.O.) division who has the ability to turn himself into a new person for each job. However, when Martin meets a mysterious stranger that suggests that he’s not who he believes himself to be, he begins questioning his own identity.
“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.”
In addition to Bean, Legends 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) as Troy Quinn, a former Special Ops agent with a single-minded mission-first mentality; Tina Majorino (Grey’s Anatomy) as Maggie Harris, the newest member of the DCO team; Steve Harris (The Practice) as Nelson Gates, the director of the DCO Task Force; 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 is based on the award-winning book of the same title by spy novelist Robert Littell.
Does Legends sound like something you would watch? Are you happy to have Sean Bean back on television? Where do you think a show like this can conceivably go, story-wise?