Sky1 Acquires UK Rights To TNT’s ‘Legends’

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Sky1 has closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to TNT’s new Sean Bean fronted drama series Legends, TVWise has learned.

Legends follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum (Bean), 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 drama series is based on the novel by Robert Littell and was developed for television by Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback. Legends is produced by Fox 21 and stars, in addition to Sean Bean, 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.

This marks the fourth series that Sky1 has acquired out of the LA Screenings and follows on from the previously announced deals with Warner Bros International Television Distribution to acquire the Arrow spin-off The Flash, ABC’s new drama Forever and fellow TNT series The Last Ship, which was recently renewed for a second season.

“I’m delighted that Legends is coming exclusively to Sky 1 HD”, said Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald. “This fast-paced and ambitious series is everything we look for in a drama and it is a true pleasure to welcome the global talent of Sean Bean to the channel.”

Legends is the latest addition to Sky’s already strong slate of first run US content across their network of channels. The satcaster is also the exclusive UK home to such series as Scandal, Elementary, The Simpsons, Futurama, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, The Newsroom, Bones and Criminal Minds.

“I’m delighted to be bringing Legends to Sky 1 HD. We remain passionate about bringing the best of the US to Sky customers and Legends is a very exciting addition to Sky’s already enviable US programming slate”, added Sky’s Acquisitions Manager Louisa Forsyth.