TNT is moving forward with their Sharon Stone fronted drama Agent X.
The Turner owned cable network, which is still hunting for a top executive to replace Michael Wright, has handed a 10 episode series order to the project, which also stars Jeff Hephner and hails from Bourne Identity scribe William Blake Herron, TVWise has learned.
Agent X follows John Case (Hephner), a top secret agent hidden from the view of the public – and even from the President – who is trained and ready to serve, deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President. Case must tackle global threats and the palaces of intrigue of Washington D.C. With Case handling high-stakes missions that are too sensitive for the FBI and the CIA, incumbent VP Natalie Maccabee (Stone) soon finds herself being drawn into the action.
The project, which has been awaiting a greenlight at TNT for the better part of five months, was penned by Blake Heron and is being produced by TNT Originals in association with Beacon Pictures. In addition to Sharon Stone and Jeff Hephner, it also stars Gerald McRaney (House of Cards) as Malcolm Millar, the Chief Steward of the Vice President’s mansion. The executive producers are Armyan Bernstein and Sharon Stone. Production begin early next year, for a late 2015 premiere.
“Agent X is a perfect fit for TNT’s expanding lineup of action-dramas,” said Lillah McCarthy, senior vice president of TNT and TBS Original Productions. “It’s a slick, high-energy thrill-ride with lots of twists and turns, big action sequences and kick-ass stunts. And at the center of it all, we have an incredible cast led by Jeff Hephner, Sharon Stone and Gerald McRaney.”
The series green-light for Agent X is the latest programming decision that TNT has made since the departure of Michael Wright. The network also recently handed out a pilot order to Breed, a supernatural crime drama from John Scott Shepherd; and cancelled Dallas after a mere three seasons. One decision that has yet to be made, however, is whether or not to bring Rizzoli & Isles back for a sixth season.