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Meet Sean Bean’s Multiple Legends Identities — But Which One Is Real?

Sean Bean

Sean Bean takes the term workaholic to a new level on TNT's Legends.

The latest action series from Howard Gordon (Homeland24) 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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Legends Review: All About the Bean

Sean Bean

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, who is riveting as he occasionally morphs into character before his colleagues' amazed eyes.

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On the Set: Sean Bean Finds New Life on TNT's Legends

Sean Bean

"Fire in the hole!" production assistants yell as three black SUVs come charging down a Stevenson Ranch, California, canyon. Suddenly, a half-dozen explosive charges ignite around the cars, sending them skidding up to a safe house, where a gun battle between FBI agents and vigilantes ensues. A hooded man sprints out of the shack to free two FBI captives from one of the vehicles and rushes them to an awaiting helicopter.

"So far, there's been a great deal of action," says Sean Bean, the smiling star of... read more

Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur Are Expecting Baby No. 2

Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur

Ali Larter is expecting her second child with her husband Hayes MacArthur, she announced on Friday on The Tonight Show.

"I came on [three years ago] and I was pregnant and it went so well, and I said to my husband, 'I'm going on Fallon, you know what that means. Gotta get pregnant," Larter said, standing up and exposing her baby bump.

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Is Ali Larter Returning for Heroes: Reborn?

Ali Larter

Ever since NBC announced that the Heroes franchise was being relaunched as the miniseries Heroes: Reborn, fans have been salivating in anticipation over which of the original cast members would return.

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Bravo Sets Top Chef Masters' Season 5 Premiere Date

Curtis Stone and Hugh Acheson

Bravo will kick off Season 5 of its cooking competition show Top Chef Masters on July 24, the network announced Wednesday.

The season will feature 13 chefs (see the full list below) competing against each other for $100,000 for charity. In a new twist, the season will also feature the competitors' sous chefs battling against each other in an online competition. Based on their protégé's performance, each Master will be awarded advantages or disadvantages in their own competition.

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TNT Orders Legends from Homeland Producers

Sean Bean

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the drama Legends starring Game of Thrones alum Sean Bean, the network announced on Wednesday.

Based on the a book by the same name by Robert Littell, Legends is about an undercover agent named Martin Odum (Bean) who works for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division. Martin can transform himself into a completely different person for each job, but starts to question his own identity when a stranger suggests that he isn't the man he believes himself to be. read more

Is Heroes Returning to TV?

Heroes' cast

NBC's Heroes, which ran from 2006 to 2010, is being mulled for a reboot on Xbox, as part of an original programming push by MSN, according to TVLine.com.

Details about the project are scarce. The proposed reboot would introduce new heroes and story lines, with the possibility of cameos from the original cast, which included Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), Milo Ventimiglia, Ali Larter, and Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-0).

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The Complete Pilot Report: Fox Has Kevin Williamson, Kevin Bacon and Zachary Levi!

Kevin Bacon, Zachary Levi

The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces including Zachary Levi, Mindy Kaling, Mandy Moore and Sarah Silverman, and from proven producers like Josh Schwartz, J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti and Kevin Williamson. Also making a comeback this year: Iconic characters including Green Arrow, Carrie Bradshaw, Sherlock Holmes and Beauty and the Beast.

To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the series projects in contention and check back for updates on their status. Here are the Fox pilots: (Click here for ABC, CBS, CW and NBC.) read more

Ali Larter Welcomes a Boy

Hayes MacArthur and Ali Larter

Ali Larter has given birth to a baby boy, her rep tells TVGuide.com.

The former Heroes star and her husband, Hayes MacArthur, welcomed ...
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