[DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021) will be a completely different format to their peer shows. Legends will use the same format as Fargo, American Horror Story and True Detective. So what does this mean? Well basically season 1 of Legends will have no connection to the second season at all. There will be no follow on story from any other CW shows.
Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim compared it to American Horror Story. He stated:
Each season is its own separate movie. What we want to do is have each separate movie have its own identity. So almost to the point where each season was telling one big story that you could sort of subtitle, like the way you do subtitle ‘American Horror Story,’ if that makes sense.
Legends of Tommorow frontrunner Phil Klemmer explained:
It’s an anthology show. This is not designed to go forever. This season is meant to be standalone… I mean not as anthological as ‘True Detective.’ But not everybody will be continuing on this journey. The sort of central premise of time travel and Vandal Savage is totally up for grabs. This is meant to be a season that is tightly serialized that, when it’s over, you can’t go home again. It’s not going to begin Season 2 with us all hopping back on the same ship and like ‘Let’s get Vandal! Let’s get him for real this time!’ This is not traditional episodic television.
For me this makes perfect sense. I like the fact that when you watch a series it starts and finishes in the same season. Although popular as it was, the X-Files could be confusing due to their connection throughout all nine seasons.
Legends will not use this format at all. Although having a continous series can work, like Bates Motel, Legends is a different market. This is a spinoff from other successful CW shows. But with all the crossovers and episode connections in The Flash and Arrow it can be hard to keep up. So I agree completely that Legends will be a single story season.