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TNT has had some mixed success launching new dramas this summer. The Last Ship has been a ratings success while Murder in the First just did okay. How will Legends do? Will it be a hit and be renewed for a second season, or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.
Based on the award-winning book by spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), an undercover agent who can transform himself into a different person for each case. A mysterious stranger causes him to start questioning his sanity. Others in the cast are Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Amber Valletta, Mason Cook, Tina Majorino, Rob Mayes, and Steve Harris.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: August 13, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
Martin Odum (Sean Bean) is an undercover agent working for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations (Dco) division. He has the ability to transform himself into a different person for each of his cases but a mysterious stranger causes him to start questioning his sanity.
The new adaptation is a Hartswood Films production in association with Serena Cullen Productions. It will begin filming in Wales this October.
Hartswood Films executive producer Beryl Vertue said: "I am delighted to be working with Serena Cullen who developed this exciting project, and Jed's great screenplay has enabled us to attract these fine actors."
Lady Chatterley's Lover was censored for nearly 30 years after it was published in 1928. It tells the story of an »
NBC again edged ahead of its Big Four rivals in adults 18-49 last week, but Univision has made it two straight frames as the top-rated network overall in the key demo.
With its year-round slate of firstrun telenovelas, the Spanish-language Univision typically stacks up better relative to the major networks in the summer than during the traditional TV season. It won a couple of times last summer too.
The network is especially dominant among the younger 18-34 segment of the prime 18-49 demo, and has now won four consecutive weeks in this age group.
Discovery, meanwhile, led cable in key demos with its Shark Week — setting ratings records for the event in women 18-49, women 25-54 and adults 25-54. It also stood as the No. 1 network on all of television in men 18-49.
Overall, according to “live plus same-day” Nielsen estimates for the week of Aug. 11-17, Univision finished on »
- Rick Kissell
The marketing campaign said “Don’T Kill Sean Bean” but producer Howard Gordon (24, Homeland) assured us there was little chance of that happening on Legends. Howard, and series star Ali Larter, fill us in on the new TNT drama, plus meet the Redwood Kings who are cutting up every week on their new Animal Planet show.
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- Mike Raub
According to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates, “Legends” averaged a 0.52 rating in adults 18-49 (658,000 viewers in the demo) and 2.6 million viewers for its 9 p.m. telecast, and an 11 p.m. encore attracted about 1 million more total viewers.
TNT made the first episode available to subscribers through TV and broadband VOD for a week leading up to the premiere, so its overall numbers should spike.
The “live plus same-day” demo rating for “Legends” (0.52) puts it in about the middle of the pack for this summer’s cable drama premieres — below TNT’s two prior bows (a 1.18 for “The Last Ship” and a 0.64 for “Murder in the First”) but ahead of USA’s “Satisfaction” (0.49) and “Rush” (0.39) and others including Lifetime’s “The Lottery” (0.41) and AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire »
- Rick Kissell
Perpetually killed-off actor Sean Bean won't yet have to worry about the chopping block for his new series. Legends had a very respectable opening for TNT on Wednesday night, grossing 3.6 million viewers with two airings. The inaugural 9 p.m. telecast scored 2.6 million viewers. And while that doesn't exactly seem like the most exciting figure, it pulled that number without any established series lead-in. TNT can already boast the top two summer launches in The Last Ship (5.3 million) and Murder in the First (3.8 million). Among adults 25-54, Legends nabbed
- Michael O'Connell
TNT's “Legends” debuted to fewer than half the total viewers of other big summer premiere “The Last Ship.” “Legends” landed 2.6 million viewers in its first airing on Thursday at 9 p.m., while “The Last Ship” reeled in 5.3 million in its Sunday, June 22 debut. Also read: Sean Bean's Many On-Screen Deaths Bring Life to TNT's ‘Legends’ Panel “The Last Ship” was the summer's biggest summer premiere. TNT's “Murder in the First” on June 9 was second best of the summer. “Legends” was good enough to make the cable series-launch Top 10, TNT said. Also read: Boom! ‘The Last Ship,’ ‘Major Crimes’ and ‘Falling. »
- Tony Maglio
[This is a review of Legends season 1, episode 1. There will be Spoilers.]
If you’ve seen 24 and you’ve loved the Bourne series, then TNT’s Legends (which is, like 24, produced by Howard Gordon) may appeal to you at first glance, but after the first hour, there are questions about what positives this show brings to the table besides a few half-familiar beats from those two titans and the always welcome presence of Sean Bean, who plays secret agent man Martin Odum.
That’s not to say that the show’s central mystery (who is the real Martin Odum and what is the legend?) doesn’t have the potential to make this a compelling watch down the road. It does, and this is also a very well cast ...
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- Jason Tabrys
Martin Odum has some issues. He hasn’t seen his son in months; he’s divorced; his one-time hook-up looks like she’s going to remain a one-time hook-up. And he might not even be Martin Odum.
A “legend,” as a title credit in TNT’s Legends so helpfully informs us, is a fabricated identity within U.S. undercover government work. Martin Odum, played by Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean, has a few of these legends, but he is struggling to separate himself from these false identities and starting to question who he really is. That’s an intriguing premise, »
- Ariana Bacle
Martin Odum doesn’t just go undercover in TNT’s Legends, which premiered Wednesday night – he becomes his covers, burying himself in the fabricated backstories and character quirks that come with the job.
However when Odum (played by Game of Thrones‘ Sean Bean) returns home after a months-long deep-cover assignment, a mysterious stranger tells him that what he presumes is his true identity is just an elaborate “legend” as well. Unfortunately, Odum can’t dispel that accusation since he’s beginning to unconsciously slip in and out of the many personae he’s created over the years.
But that’s »
Three episodes is supposed to be the minimum for taking the measure of a new TV show. But even after only one installment it's clear that the new espionage series "Legends" (TNT) will be worth keeping track of. Not least because Sean Bean, shockingly rendered headless in the first season of "Game of Thrones," may be the strongest incarnation yet of the alienated espionage prodigy that has become the trademark of the show's auteur showrunner, "24"-veteran Howard Gordon. Like Claire Danes' bipolar Carrie Mathison on Gordon's "Homeland," Bean's maddeningly erratic deep cover FBI agent Martin Odum (if that is his name) has internalized the confused identifies and conflicting loyalties of his profession to the point that his grasp on reality may be slipping. Once embedded, he settles so deeply into the life of the conspirator he's portraying that he forgets to call home or to check in with his handlers. »
- David Chute
Having gotten the obligatory "Sean Bean lives" joke out of the way — I assume you can make up your own! — we can proceed to evaluating the actor's new star vehicle, Legends. I wish there were more to say. Developed by Howard Gordon (24, Homeland) from a novel by Robert Littell, it's about a veteran FBI agent named Martin Odum (Sean Bean) who has a talent for creating and inhabiting characters for use in dangerous deep-cover investigations of the sorts of organizations where traitors are tortured with battery cables. I haven't read Littell's novel, but I'm assured by fans that the writer's work tends more toward John le Carré than James Bond. The TV show is more Bond by way of 24. Instead of the retired and reluctant hero from the book, we have a craggily handsome bruiser who's handy with fists and guns. Legends makes a grand show »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
TNT‘s new drama, Legends, doesn’t play around with the long arc of the series, which involves Sean Bean‘s Martin Odum losing touch with the reality of his life as an FBI deep cover operative (see the promo below, which would lead you to believe that this is the entire focus of the show), but as we get through the first few episodes, this plot is largely sideline material.
The show kicks off with Martin trying to expose the leader of a terrorist group. He’s been living the life of a member of the “militia” group for six months, and just as he’s about to get somewhere, another law enforcement group moves in on the camp. This takes Martin out of the game, which means he can visit his ex-wife and son, and get back to reality. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t want to sit still, »
- Marc Eastman
Sean Back is back on TV in TNT’s Legends (premieres Aug. 13, 9 p.m. Et). Based on the book by spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends centers on Martin Odum (Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division who begins to question his own identity when a stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be.
We did a little digging of our own when Bean visited EW for our “Firsts & Worsts” video series. Watch his installment and read a full transcript below.
EW: What was your first role?
Sean Bean: »
- Mandi Bierly
Television needs its comfort food even more so now that so many complex and difficult dramas are available. Sometimes you just need a show that feels familiar, keeps you entertained and ends without, say, someone being stoned to death or some sort of mysterious, ominous clue. That's where TNT's Legends comes in. It stars Sean Bean — who, unlike in so many of his past roles, will not be killed off — as undercover FBI agent Martin Odum. What Legends is eager to tell viewers is that in the undercover world, "legend" means a "fabricated identity." The twist to the show is
- Tim Goodman
The new TNT series Legends, based on the book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division, who has such an uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job that he begins to question whether he really is the man he believes himself to be. The show also stars Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Tina Majorino, Steve Harris, Amber Valletta and Mason Cook. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Tina Majorino (who plays Maggie Harris, the newest member of the Dco team) talked about how she got involved with this show, that a different actor had originally been cast in Sean Bean’s role, how the rewrites of the original script changed the backstory of her character, how Maggie fits in with the team, and the research she did »
- Christina Radish
The latest action series from Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) follows Martin Odum (Bean), an agent in the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division who becomes so enmeshed in the personas ("legends") he adopts that the lines between his real and fictional identities start to become blurred.
"This guy ... has a kind of personality disorder, to put it mildly," Bean tells TVGuide.com. "He's a very driven man who creates characters and people from his past experiences. He's very good at it and he totally immerses himself, to a point where he kind of pays quite a big price psychologically."
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- Liz Raftery
Unlike poor Ned Stark, whom he played in Game of Thrones' first season, Sean Bean won't be losing his head anytime soon as Martin Odum, the rugged chameleon hero of TNT's Legends (Wednesday, 9/8c). Losing his mind, however, might be an occupational hazard.
The best parts of this otherwise disappointingly generic spy thriller depict Bean burrowing into Martin's psyche as a (what else, and wait for it) legendary FBI deep-cover operative, who commits so fully to his carefully manufactured false identities, or "legends," that he signs alimony checks with his alias's name. His unsteady sense of self only gets more confused when a hooded stranger warns him that Martin isn't even really Martin, that "everything about him is fake."
Yes, in case you haven't guessed, this special agent is apparently Bourne again, and if Legends itself falls short of instant-icon status (despite producers with Homeland and 24 among their credits), it's no fault of Bean's, »
- Matt Roush
TNT's new series, Legends, is centered around an undercover operative, Martin Odum, who has multiple "legends" which allow him to infiltrate criminal enterprises and bring down the bad guys. He's not alone though, he has a team which supports him on his missions.
This summer, Executive Producer David Wilcox and stars Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut and Tina Majorino spoke with reporters about their new series, including the characters, source material, Bean's multiple roles and more. »
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