Critics have mostly ignored the new TNT spy drama “Legends,” but it’s creating a furor in Venezuela.
Officials in the South American country are denouncing the show for portraying the socialist government stockpiling nerve gas to quash dissent.
The telecommunications commission opened an investigation Tuesday into the series over an episode in which a character fingers President Nicolas Maduro and his socialist party, which goes by the initials PSUV, as the buyer of chemical weapons. On Monday, Minister of Information Delcy Rodriguez denounced the script as hostile and “imperialist.”
Producer Fox 21 apologized and said the show was just fiction.
“The producers did not intend to imply that the show was reporting any actual events when it mentioned President Maduro’s name. We sincerely apologize to President Maduro,” the company said in a statement.
In the episode in question, titled “Lords of War,” the star of the show tortures a terrorist “24”-style, demanding to know who is buying his chemical weapons. Eventually the terrorist splutters, “Maduro! PSUV! They’re worried about the civil unrest in Venezuela.”