TNT has picked up their Sunday night genre drama The Last Ship for a fourth season, it was announced last night by network topper Kevin Reilly during the Turner executive panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. 13 episodes have been ordered for the show’s fourth season, which is eyed for a 2017 premiere.
Based on William Brinkley’s novel, The Last Ship chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoided falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, CO Captain Tom Chandler and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.
The Last Ship was developed for television by Hank Steinberg and Steve Kane. The drama series is produced by Platinum Dunes and Studio T (formerly known as TNT Original Productions) and stars Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin and Bridget Regan star in the series’ third season, along with Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Christina Elmore, Jocko Sims, Bren Foster and Kevin Michael Martin. The executive producers are Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Hank Steinberg, Steven Kane, Paul Holahan and Michael Katleman.
The fourth season renewal comes mere weeks after TNT picked up Animal Kingdom, starring Shawn Hatosy and Ellen Barkin, for next season. Season-to-date the third season of The Last Ship has been averaging 7.6 million viewers per episode across all platforms, making it one of the network’s highest rated original series. The network has yet to make a decision on the fate of several of their other Summer originals, including Murder In The First and Major Crimes. Rizzoli & Isles is coming to an end this year, after seven seasons on air.