TNT has handed pilot orders to Legends, King & Maxwell & Trooper. All three projects appeared on the development slate that TNT announced at their upfront presentation in May and come from some of the heaviest hitters in Hollywood.
Legends is a one hour drama based on the novel by Robert Littell. Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback developed the project which follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is. Fox 21 is producing with Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Alexander Cary and Jonathan Levin serving as executive producers. If picked up to series, this would be the second of Littell’s novels to be adapated by TNT. The network was also home to the 2009 mini-series adaptation of Littell’s gargantuan CIA novel The Company.
King & Maxwell hails from NCIS boss Shane Brennan and best-selling author David Baldacci. Based on Baldacci’s novel series, the drama project follows former US Secret Service agents turner Private Investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell who use their unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry) to gives themselves a leg up on both suspects and conventional law enforcement. CBS Studios, where Brennan is based, is producing. The drama was originally developed for CBS last year, before jumping to TNT this past May.
Trooper, another pilot that was initially set up at CBS last year, follows a recent divorcee and single mother who decides to change careers and becomes a State Trooper. The project hails from Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television (Warner’s cable division), with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman serving as executive producers.
All three pilots join the previous announced pilot The Last Ship which is being produced by Michael Bay and is part of an effort by the network to move into procedurals. Elsewhere at the network, I’m told that the fate of their three remaining shows, which have yet to get the official nod for next season, are still hanging in the balance. My sources tell me that the odds of renewal for the buddy lawyer series Franklin & Bash have slipped to 60/40, Leverage is looking equally as weak with odds on that one at 50/50. But the network’s new record setting series Major Crimes is tipped to receive a 15 episode renewal in the coming weeks.