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Sean Bean to star in pilot for TNT titled Legends created by Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon

Dec. 5, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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While it may very well end in his character’s death, be it by show cancellation or violent on-screen fate, at the end of the day more Sean Bean is always good. It really is though. No matter what he’s involved with, no matter how large or small his part, Bean very obviously gives his all and does the very best he can.

The fact that TNT’s potential new series “Legends” was once set to star Brendan Fraser doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but that they’ve upgraded to Sean Bean might bode well (or at least better) regarding it’s chance of becoming more than just a pilot. The series, also once set to be on NBC, comes from "Homeland" Executive Producer Howard Gordon and "follows deep-cover operative Martin Odum (Bean), who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is." Gordon developed the series alongside Jeffrey Nachmanoff (TRAITOR), Alexander Cary ("Homeland") and Jonathan Levin ("Charmed") based on the spy thriller novel by Robert Little of the same name. I'm especially encouraged by Nachmanoff's presence, as his film TRAITOR was a solid piece that dealt well with the contemporary world of espionage, as well as the real dangers and moral dilemmas presented by a world drawn more and more in shades of grey.

David Semel ("Hemlock Grove", "CSI", "American Horror Story: Asylum") will direct and Executive Produce the pilot - having alos directed the pilot for "Person of Interest", Semel certainly has some experience helping to shepherd a project forward. So here's to hoping lightning strikes twice and we get to see plenty more of Sean Bean on the small screen in the near future. But what do you think? What does "Legends" need to do in order to differentiate itself?

Extra Tidbit: Color me curious to learn about how the series' title fits in to all of this.

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10:40PM on 12/05/2012

total recall meets Bourne?

those are the first two things I thought of. Still kind of cool though, I'm down. I'll def be watching it for Bean and glad it's on a REAL tv networks (HBO,AMC,Showtime) and not one of the crap ones like ABC/CBS/NBC etc.
those are the first two things I thought of. Still kind of cool though, I'm down. I'll def be watching it for Bean and glad it's on a REAL tv networks (HBO,AMC,Showtime) and not one of the crap ones like ABC/CBS/NBC etc.
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12:35PM on 12/05/2012

SPOILER ALERT

He dies.

Oh, I see RogerGarage already cracked a joke about that. Oh well. Great minds think alike.
He dies.

Oh, I see RogerGarage already cracked a joke about that. Oh well. Great minds think alike.
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10:04AM on 12/05/2012
I loved "Traitor", and the whole espionage disguise aspect of it would be interesting to explore, given that it's a lot more complicated than the perfect latex masks seen in the Mission Impossible films. The "becoming a completely different person" thing also reminds me a bit of the short lived but kinda cool Human Target. Only thing is that the title "Legends" is a bit derivative, and I would've thought it was a fantasy-based series if I didn't know any more. And Sean Bean is certainly an
I loved "Traitor", and the whole espionage disguise aspect of it would be interesting to explore, given that it's a lot more complicated than the perfect latex masks seen in the Mission Impossible films. The "becoming a completely different person" thing also reminds me a bit of the short lived but kinda cool Human Target. Only thing is that the title "Legends" is a bit derivative, and I would've thought it was a fantasy-based series if I didn't know any more. And Sean Bean is certainly an upgrade from Brendan Fraser; don't think anyone could buy him as a serious deep cover operative.
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2:55AM on 12/06/2012
Agreed. HUMAN TARGET was awesome! Sucks that it was canceled after just 2 seasons....
Agreed. HUMAN TARGET was awesome! Sucks that it was canceled after just 2 seasons....
10:01AM on 12/05/2012

Can't wait

to see how he dies in this.
to see how he dies in this.
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