they should have finished that particular story line…
Absolutely loved this!! I would recommend this show to anyone…
Beautiful horses, costumes, people, story-line…
a great series! So sad that it is over….” !
No one was more disappointed than I when the network decided to pull the plug without giving me—and you—the opportunity to stay with the Logan family at least through their first storyline.
When the series was offered for sale online, I began to realize there were many, many people who would like to know how this story would end. Obviously I can’t film an ending but I can write one for you and let you know how this family in crisis pulled together and triumphed because of their courage and love for one another.
On May 15, 2015, I will post, on this website, the first installment of the continuing saga of the Logan family. All you have to do is come to the website and read it. Or download it, if you like. My gift to you.
If you’d like to read the pilot of “Legacy,” go to “More About Chris,” “And Then I Wrote,” and “Scripts.” Any questions or thoughts you have can be posted at “Ask Chris.”Enjoy! And come back!
Review of “Legacy” by the Knight-Ridder syndication, October 9, 1998
From its opening sequence in tonight’s premiere episode—a spirited horse race between two young women along a tree-lined roadway in rural Kentucky—you can tell UPN’s “Legacy” is going to be something special, maybe even special enough to make up for some of the crummy new shows the network introduced this week.
Though it’s essentially a period soap opera, “Legacy” is an intriguing example of the genre, hard to resist because it is a visual treat, has a promising cast loaded with attractive newcomers and has the best musical soundtrack of any new fall TV series. Brett Cullen plays widower Ned Logan, descendant of Irish immigrants who went to Lexington, Ky., from County Cork a century earlier and, in his words, “built a life—an incredible life” in this new land, starting with virtually nothing. The land is the Logan family legacy, Ned tells his children, but so is their commitment to help others less fortunate.
Ned has reason for hope in the next generation. Eldest son Sean (Grayson McCouch), is a handsome, dependable young man who’s about to marry into the county’s wealthiest family, the Winters clan. Sean’s brother, Clay (Jeremy Garrett), is moodier, quicker to anger, but devoted to the family. Sister Alice (Lea Moreno) has just blossomed into a beauty, but also has become the mature mother figure for kid sister Lexy (Sarah Rayne), a plucky kid whose mother died giving birth to her.
But this is a soap, so there are weevils in the porridge. For instance, Sean isn’t really in love with his lovely fiancee, Vivian Winters (Lisa Sheridan) because his heart belongs to his secret passion —Marita (Sharon Leal), a former slave who’s the young daughter of Issac, the family’s black yard boss. Sean also owes big money to Vivian’s powerbroker dad, Asa Winters (Lane Smith), and could lose his property if he doesn’t pay back his loan on time.!As for Clay, he has a terrible temper and is constantly getting into fights with adopted brother Jeremy (Ron Melendez), a 17-year-old former “street urchin” from New York who lied about his age when kind-hearted Ned signed up to adopt a 12-year-old orphan. Jeremy is handsome enough to be on “Dawson’s Creek,” but he has this bad habit of cheating at poker and picking pockets
The Logan girls are a little better off, although Alice is supposed to be “conflicted” because she never got to be a teen-ager, and Lexy has one of those rapid-fire smart mouths that generally are mandatory for kids in sitcoms but aren’t often needed in dramas.
It’s also fair to point out that everybody in “Legacy” looks very 1990s, even in period costumes, so it may be a stretch for the imagination to remember this is supposed to be taking place right after the Civil War.
Still, it’s such a gorgeous show, filmed lushly on location in Richmond, Va., and has so many gorgeous people in it that such criticisms seem trivial. Add that lilting Irish musical score, featuring Loreena McKinnitt’s “Mummer’s Dance,” and lots of other beautiful Irish music, performed mostly by Canadians, and you have a very diverting hour that can please you in a variety of ways that don’t involve much serious thinking.
Veteran producer Chris Abbott (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”), who created “Legacy,” explains that 1990s feel isn’t an accident. She believes young viewers will be drawn to “Legacy” by the characters, the young ensemble and the feeling that they’re involved in things modern young adults can relate to easily.
“We wanted a contemporary feeling about it,” says Abbott. “We wanted something that made it different from what you’ve seen in period shows on television. I think it has great pace, great energy, elegance and style.”
What Abbott has done is make “Legacy” a kind of timeless show, even though it has horses, period outfits and more horses, traditionally a turn-off for the young viewers UPN desperately needs to attract to be a commercially viable network.
One element that’s definitely modern is the interracial romance between Sean and Marita. Apparently, UPN is playing that one like a wild card, waiting to see how viewers react to the brief lovemaking scene in the first episode. It’s pivotal in tonight’s show but won’t be back in the foreground anytime soon.
As the 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. anchor for KUPT-UPN Channel 22’s (Cox Cable Channel 15) first Friday night lineup, “Legacy” will be walking a demographic tightrope. Though many assumed UPN was teaming “Legacy” and “Love Boat: The Next Wave” because it was targeting older viewers who don’t go out much, producer Abbott believes her show will snag younger viewers and bring them to “Love Boat.” She feels the young romantic elements transcend generational differences the way the movie “Titanic” did, although it, too, was a period drama