Character: Dr. Melanie Bird
Created by: Noah Hawley
Directed by: Various
Written by: Various
Produced by: Regis Kimble, Erik Holmberg, Craig Yahata, Brian Leslie Parker
Other cast: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Navid Negahban, Jemaine Clement, Hamish Linklater
Premiere date: February 8, 2017
Episodes: Appeared in almost all episodes of season 1 & 2, 3x06
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Running time: 1h

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.


♦ Jean Smart and Rachel Keller both starred in the second season of FX’s Fargo. Jean played Floyd Gerhardt who was the grandmother of Rachel’s character Simone Gerhardt. Noah Hawley was so happy with their performances that wrote the roles for them.

In Jean’s Words…

♥ Well, she is a rescuer, but also, everything she does is driven by this desire to get her husband back. I’m trying to imagine what that must have been like for her, for 20 years. She’s kind of an isolated person with really no life except for what she does at Summerland, and her friendship with Cary — well, Cary and Kerry (Amber Midthunder, who plays a young woman who lives inside of Bill Irwin’s character). It’s a pretty lonely existence. I’ve had to imagine what it’s like for someone, someone who is still in love with a man who is dead for all intents and purposes. That’s why right now, now that she has the prospect of seeing him again? I can’t imagine what that must be like. [From “‘Legion’ Star Jean Smart on the “Extremely Specific” Nature of Noah Hawley’s X-Men Series” – The Hollywood Reporter]
♥ It was a little unnerving at first because we’d all sort of look at each other and say, ‘Have you read the next script?’ Do you completely understand what’s going on?’ We were all terrified of doing interviews because we so worried we’d sound like idiots. But it became the fun of the show after a while, sort of like getting on a rollercoaster and giving over a little bit of control. [From “Legion: Jean Smart discusses her role in Noah Hawley’s cerebral X-Men spinoff” – Independent]
♥ Well, at first it was scary and difficult because I felt like I didn’t have a lot of road maps. She’s not a character that is really in the X-Men world. And as far as I know, I have no special powers besides making cookies. So I just gave myself over to the notion that it would just evolve. Which in a way can be a good thing when you’re doing a series, because if you marry yourself to certain things at the beginning that then aren’t supported by the script, you’re in trouble. You want to be specific, you don’t wanna be vague, but at the same time, you have to be careful what you solidify at the beginning. That might not serve you so well toward the end.[From “Jean Smart on Legion, Noah Hawley, and Baking Cupcakes for Her Castmates” – Vulture]