Tina Majorino Talks LEGENDS, How Rewrites Changed Her Character’s Backstory, Support from VERONICA MARS and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Fans, and More

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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 to get into the headspace of someone in this profession.  She also talked about how surreal and amazing it’s been to have such great fan support from her involvement with Veronica Mars and Napoleon Dynamite.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

LEGENDS Review: Sean Bean Is Finally a Master of Survival in New TNT Drama

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TNT’s marketing strategy for its new drama Legends, based on a spy novel by Robert Littell, was promoting the Twitter hashtag #DontKillSeanBean.  Sean Bean is of course known to certain fans for his exits from TV shows and movies, which has happened often enough to become a running joke that TNT did well to capitalize on. In Legends, Bean plays an FBI undercover officer named Martin Odum, whose main objective is to change his identity, and not get killed (seems to fit). The series comes from Howard Gordon (Homeland), who has had his irons in many TV fires of late (including the mediocre Tyrant).  Hit the jump to see if this one has caught flame.

Comic-Con: Ali Larter, Tina Majorino and Morris Chestnut Talks LEGENDS

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Sean Bean stars in Legends, a crime drama about an FBI agent working in the Deep Cover Operations division, who has a gift for assuming different identities, but begins to question his own identity after a chance encounter that makes him question everything about his life.

Just before the show’s Comic-Con premiere, stars Ali Larter, Tina Majorino and Morris Chestnut spoke to the press about the new show.  Legends will air on TNT beginning August 13th at 9 p.m. Hit the jump for interview highlights.

Comic-Con 2014: Posters for GOOSEBUMPS, PIXELS, THE INTERVIEW, THE WALKING DEAD, and More

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With Comic-Con set to begin tomorrow, we’re about to be inundated with a crazy amount of new posters, images, and information about upcoming TV shows and movies.  Like years past, a number of Collider writers are heading to San Diego to help cover the convention.  We’re going to be offering panel recaps, interviews with some of the biggest names at Comic-Con, and tons of pictures from the convention floor including our yearly cosplay picture article.  The next few days are going to be crazy, so I hope you keep checking back for our coverage.

While walking around the past hour in San Diego, I snapped pictures of a number of posters on display outside the hotels and inside the convention center.  Hit the jump for pics of Goosebumps, Pixels, The Interview, The Walking Dead, Legends, Fury, The Blacklist, Vikings, and more.  Keep in mind, things are still being set up, so this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s outside the convention.

Felicity Jones to Lead A MONSTER CALLS; Emily Browning in Talks for LEGENDS; Mark Strong Joins GRIMSBY

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We have a few casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is set to star in A Monster Calls, the new film from director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible).   The story, written by Patrick Ness from an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, “tells the tale of a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith.”  According to Deadline, Jones will play “Mum”, and Liam Neeson is being courted to play the Monster.  Jones will next be seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is co-starring opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in the drama True Story.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Emily Browning (Pompeii) and Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun).

Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Showrunner David Wilcox, and More Talk New TNT Spy Series LEGENDS, Deviations from the Books, and More at WonderCon

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This August, TNT will premiere an intense new series from the producers of Homeland, centered around the FBI’s elite Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division.  Based on the book by spy novelist Robert Little, Legends stars Sean Bean as FBI agent Martin Odum, a specialist who can transform himself into anyone he needs to be.  His alternate identities, called “legends,” are so complex and thoroughly established that they almost take on lives of their own.  The show also stars Ali Larter as a fellow operative who has a history with Martin, Tina Majorino as technical expert Maggie Pool, and Morris Chestnut as another agent investigating Martin’s involvement in a murder case.

The cast made an appearance at WonderCon last weekend, along with showrunner David Wilcox (Fringe), to talk about what audiences can expect from the show and, naturally, whether the infamously death-prone (on screen, at least) Bean will actually make it to the end of the first season.  Hit the jump to read the full interview, and click here for our recap of the show’s WonderCon panel.

WonderCon: LEGENDS Panel Recap; TNT Offers First Look at New Spy Drama Starring Sean Bean

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Premiering August 13th on TNT is Legends, a new espionage thriller developed for TV by three-time Emmy award winner Howard Gordon (24, Homeland).  Legends stars Sean Bean as Martin Odum, an exceptional deep-cover operative in the FBI.  Every persona Martin assumes becomes one of his “legends”, and Martin has an extraordinary empathy that allows him to move in and out of these personas with ease, but when a stranger calls into question everything he believes, Martin begins to wonder if his entire identity is merely another construct of the FBI.

Bean joined cast mates Ali Larter, Tina Majorino, and Morris Chestnut, and Showrunner/Executive Producer David Wilcox on stage at WonderCon this weekend to preview a couple clips and discuss what audiences can expect from the new espionage thriller.  Check out a full Legends WonderCon panel recap after the jump, which includes my rundown of the footage and bullet point highlights from the panel conversation.

TV Casting: Sean Bean Replaces Brendan Fraser in TNT’s LEGENDS; Jason Alexander to Guest Star on COMMUNITY

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We’ve got a couple of TV-related casting stories to share this morning.  First up, Sean Bean has signed on to replace Brendan Fraser as the lead in TNT’s espionage pilot Legends.  The series is based on a novel by Robert Littell and follows a former CIA operative now acting as a private detective who has the unique ability to turn himself into a different person for each assignment.  Fraser exited the project after he and showrunner Howard Gordon didn’t see eye to eye on how to approach the lead character, and now Variety reports that Bean is stepping into the lead role.

Bean’s characters have a tendency to, well, die unexpectedly, but I think he’s safe here as he’ll be toplining the series (at least I hope…).  Legends is one of a number of new projects 24 veteran Gordon is spearheading following the immense success of his Showtime series Homeland.  Hit the jump for casting news regarding a Seinfeld alum visiting Community.

Andy Samberg to Star in Untitled FOX Comedy from PARKS AND RECREATION Creators; Brendan Fraser to Topline TNT’s LEGENDS

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After stepping away from NBC’s Saturday Night Live, many wondered what Andy Samberg had in store for his future career.  It looks like one of his upcoming projects will be a return to television in a pilot for an untitled Fox comedy series written by Parks and Recreation co-creators, Mike Schur and Dan Goor.  The comedy centers on a motley group of detectives stationed near the outskirts of New York City.  Samberg would play the lead detective in a role that show creators say is a perfect match.  Hit the jump to hear what else Schur and Goor had to say, in addition to news on Brendan Fraser toplining the TNT pilot, Legends

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