Just 24 hours after greenlighting a 10 episode first season for their Michael Bay produced drama project The Last Ship, TNT is adding another original scripted series to its line-up for 2014. The network has picked up its drama pilot Legends to series with a 10 episode order. Like The Last Ship, the series is slated to air next Summer. While there is still no official word from TNT, it now seems unlikely that either Monday Mornings or Southland will be returning for new seasons.
Legends is a one hour drama based on the novel by Robert Littell. Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback developed the project which follows a deep-cover operative named 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. The series is produced by Fox 21 and stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Ali Larter (Heroes), Rob Mayes (The Client List), Tina Majorino (True Blood), Steve Harris (The Practice), Amber Valletta (Revenge) and Lux Haney Jardine (Abraham Lincon: Vampire Hunter). The executive producers are Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Alexander Cary and Jonathan Levin serving as executive producers. Legends is the second adaptation of a novel written by Robert Littell to air on TNT. The network was also home to the 2007 mini-series adaptation of Littell’s gargantuan CIA novel The Company.
“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.”