TNT is adding another original scripted series to its line up. The network has pulled the trigger on a series order for drama project The Last Ship, which hails from Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes. 10 episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season, which is slated to premiere in Summer 2014.
Based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley, The Last Ship picks up in the wake of a global catastrophe which nearly obliterates the earth’s population, forcing the crew of the naval destroyer USS Nathan James to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors. The series is produced by Platinum Dunes and stars Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), Rhona Mitra (Strike Back), Adam Baldwin (Chuck) and Tracy Middendorf (Boardwalk Empire). Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Steven Kane (The Closer) and Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace) serve as the executive producers. The script for the pilot was written by Kane and Steinberg, who is also serving as showrunner on the project.
“The Last Ship has all the elements of a big Hollywood blockbuster, from its epic storytelling to its top-notch cast headed by the perfect leading man, Eric Dane,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Michael Bay and his fellow executive producers have shaped William Brinkley’s story and characters into an exceptional drama full of action, suspense, tragedy and triumph. The Last Ship is smart, fun television that takes you on a great ride.”