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 a naval destroyer to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors. The pilot is being produced by Platinum Dunes with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Steven Kane (The Closer) and Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace) serving as executive producers. The script for the pilot was written by Kane and Steinberg, who is also serving as showrunner on the project.
Speaking of The Last Ship, Michael Wright, President and head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM, said: “The book The Last Ship is a gripping page-turner that has all the makings of a terrific television drama, including a great premise, memorable characters, intense situations and heart-racing action. We believe this show will take viewers on a thrilling ride and fits perfectly with TNT’s expanding line-up of original dramas. We look forward to working with Michael Bay and The Last Ship‘s outstanding production team.”
Elsewhere at TNT, I hear that Frank Darabont’s pilot L.A. Noir is set to receive a ten episode series order in the coming weeks. I’m also being told that sophomore dramedy series Franklin & Bash is set to be renewed for a third season, joining three other recently renewed series at TNT: Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas and Falling Skies.