TNT has acquired the first season and the upcoming second season of international drama Transporter: The Series, TVWise has learned. The series, which is just about to enter production on its second season, will premiere on TNT this Fall.
Transporter The Series follows Frank Martin, a professional “transporter” paid to pick up and deliver people or cargo from anywhere in the world. Frank is the very best at what he does and handles only the most difficult dangerous and assignments. Transporter The Series features dry wit, exotic locations, heart-pounding action and nail-biting suspense. The drama series, which is commissioned by France’s M6 and Canadian networks The Movie Network and Movie Central, is produced by Atlantique Productions and stars Chris Vance (Prison Break), who is currently appearing in a recurring role on TNT hit drama series Rizzoli & Isles.
“Transporter The Series is a roller-coaster ride with big-screen action, fantastic locations and an extremely charismatic lead in Chris Vance,” said Michael Wright, President and Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “The Transporter franchise is a proven winner embraced by movie and television viewers around the globe, and we’re proud that TNT will become the television home for fans in the United States. Transporter The Series is a perfect addition to TNT’s lineup, as we continue to expand our reach with such action-packed dramas as our upcoming Legends and The Last Ship.”
TNT’s decision to pick up Transporter comes after the drama has had a troubled history. The series suffered from numerous problems in production which included an unplanned hiatus due to an injury Vance suffered on a shoot, burning through numerous showrunners and being unceremoniously dropped by original US broadcaster Cinemax. Hunted creator/EP Frank Spotnitz recently came on board as showrunner/executive producer for the 12 episode second season, which is set to begin production next month in Morocco, the Czech Republic and Canada.