Legends (TV series)

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Legends
Legends (TV) logo.jpg
Genre Crime drama
Action
Thriller
Based on Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation
by Robert Littell
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s) Reinhold Heil
Tree Adams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Sean Bean
  • Kelly A. Manners
  • Jamie Payne
Cinematography
  • Yasu Tanida
  • Sidney Sidell
  • Mathias Herndl
Editor(s)
  • James Kilton
  • Scott Lerner
  • Tod Feuerman
  • Scott Boyd
  • Lise Johnson
  • David Lebowitz
  • Mark C. Baldwin
  • Stephen Mark
  • Scott Powell
  • Leonard Jordan
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network TNT
Original release August 13, 2014 (2014-08-13) – December 28, 2015 (2015-12-28)
External links
Official website www.tntdrama.com/shows/legends.html

Legends is an American crime drama television series which aired on TNT from August 13, 2014 to December 28, 2015.[1][2] Developed by Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, and Mark Bomback, the series is based on the book Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation written by Robert Littell.[3] On December 4, 2014, TNT renewed Legends for a 10-episode second season,[4] which premiered on November 2, 2015.[5] On December 15, 2015, TNT canceled the series after two seasons and 20 episodes.[6]

Premise[edit]

Martin Odum (Bean) is an undercover FBI agent who changes himself into a different person for each case. A "mysterious stranger" (played by Billy Brown) causes him to question his sanity.[7]

Cast[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  • Sean Bean as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI's Division of Covert Operations (DCO) who struggles with his real identity outside of his legends.
  • Ali Larter as Crystal McGuire, a fellow operative who has a brief romantic history with Martin.[8]
  • Morris Chestnut as Tony Rice, an FBI agent who is trying to uncover secrets he believes Martin is hiding. He recently became part of the DCO team and now helps Martin.[8]
  • Tina Majorino as Maggie Harris, the rookie member of the DCO team and an expert data manipulator.[8]
  • Steve Harris as Nelson Gates, director of the DCO task force.[8]
  • Amber Valletta as Sonya Odum, Martin's estranged wife.[8]
  • Mason Cook as Aiden Odum, Martin's pre-teen son.[8]

Season 2[edit]

Production[edit]

Music[edit]

The score of season 2 concludes with "Until We Go Down" by Ruelle, played during the climax of "The Legend of Alexei Volkov". Prior to this, the song was introduced to television as the opening theme of The Shannara Chronicles.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" David Semel Story by : Howard Gordon & Mark Bomback and Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Teleplay by : Mark Bomback and Jeffrey Nachmanoff
August 13, 2014 (2014-08-13) 2.58[11]
2 2 "Chemistry" Brad Turner David Wilcox and Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris August 20, 2014 (2014-08-20) 1.73[12]
3 3 "Lords of War" Brad Turner Story by : Josh Pate and Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris
Teleplay by : Josh Pate
August 27, 2014 (2014-08-27) 1.76[13]
4 4 "Betrayal" Deran Sarafian Story by : Josh Pate & David Wilcox and Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris
Teleplay by : Josh Pate & David Wilcox
September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03) 1.74[14]
5 5 "Rogue" Karen Gaviola Andrew Wilder September 10, 2014 (2014-09-10) 1.43[15]
6 6 "Gauntlet" Brad Turner Andrew Wilder September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17) 1.63[16]
7 7 "Quicksand" Terrence O'Hara Josh Pate September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) 1.45[17]
8 8 "Iconoclast" John Behring Geoff Aull October 1, 2014 (2014-10-01) 1.06[18]
9 9 "Wilderness of Mirrors" Milan Cheylov Josh Pate October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08) 1.08[19]
10 10 "Identity" Brad Turner David Wilcox October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08) 1.08[19]

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
11 1 "The Legend of Dmitry Petrovich" Jamie Payne Ken Biller November 2, 2015 (2015-11-02) 0.68[20]
12 2 "The Legend of Kate Crawford" Jamie Payne Raf Green November 9, 2015 (2015-11-09) 0.48[21]
13 3 "The Legend of Curtis Ballard" Alrick Riley Aaron Allen November 23, 2015 (2015-11-23) 0.58[22]
14 4 "The Legend of Ilyana Zakayeva" Alrick Riley Andrew Chapman November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) 0.72[23]
15 5 "The Legend of Terrence Graves" Jon Jones Matthew Newman December 7, 2015 (2015-12-07) 0.67[24]
16 6 "The Legend of Tamir Zakayev" Jon Jones Chris Levinson December 14, 2015 (2015-12-14) 0.51[25]
17 7 "The Second Legend of Dmitry Petrovich" Jeff T. Thomas Raf Green December 21, 2015 (2015-12-21) 0.82[26]
18 8 "The Legend of Doku Zakayev" Jeff T. Thomas Aaron Allen December 28, 2015 (2015-12-28) 0.51[27]
19 9 "The Legend of Gabi Miskova" Ken Biller Andrew Chapman & Raf Green December 28, 2015 (2015-12-28) 0.40[27]
20 10 "The Legend of Alexei Volkov" Ken Biller Matthew Newman & Ken Biller December 28, 2015 (2015-12-28) 0.32[27]

Broadcast[edit]

Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on 11 November 2015 on FX.[28]

Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East & North Africa On the 4th of February 2016, BBC First HD started airing the first episode of the second season of the series on OSN (Orbit Showtime Network).

Critical reception[edit]

Legends scored 59 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 27 "mixed or average" reviews.[29] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 56% critics rating with an average rating of 6/10 based on 32 reviews. The website consensus reads: "Legends lacks originality, but derives watchability from Sean Bean's fine central performance".[30]

Development[edit]

TNT announced that with season 2, the show would be ‘’reimagined’’. Gone was the case-of-the-week, and the new focus was on Bean's character's identity,[31] with most of the original cast being replaced and the initial California setting was replaced for London and continental Europe (Paris and Prague). British veteran TV-directors Jamie Payne [32] (Indian Summers, The White Queen, The Hour) and Alrick Riley (Hustle, Spooks/MI-5, CSI) [33] were added to the show. Ken Biller (Legend of the Seeker, Perception) became the new showrunner/executive producer/lead writer, and developed a brand new nonlinear storyline taking place in different countries and flashbacks to Bean's character's childhood at a British boarding school and scenes from Prague in 2001.[34]

Promotion[edit]

To promote the series, TNT launched an intensive advertising campaign targeted at social media[35] beginning at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.[36][37] Exploiting Sean Bean's reputation for varied and colorful on-screen deaths,[38] the campaign centered around the hashtag #DontKillSeanBean, and included Bean's image on airport machinery and pillars, a poster covering multiple floors of a hotel adjoining the SDCC site, and widely distributed black T-shirts emblazoned with the hashtag in white. Producer Howard Gordon tweeted images of celebrities, including Kiefer Sutherland, Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin[39] and Bean[37] himself wearing the T-shirt. The ad campaign quickly went viral on social media[40][41] and became the central focus of publicity done by Bean, including a parody by the website Funny or Die.[42]

References[edit]

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  33. ^ Jessica Evershed. "McKinney Macartney Management Ltd - Matthew Gant". Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
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