Sky1 Picks Up TNT’s ‘The Last Ship’

Sky1 has inked a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to secure the UK rights to TNT’s drama series The Last Ship.

The Last Ship picks up in the wake of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, 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 series, which was recently renewed for a second season, is based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley and was developed for television by Hank Steinberg and Steve Kane. The Platinum Dunes produced series stars Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), Rhona Mitra (Strike Back), Adam Baldwin (Chuck), Travis Van Winkle (Heart of Dixie), Charles Parnell (Pariah),Christina Elmore (Fruitvale Station),Sam Spruell (Snow White and The Huntsman) and Marissa Neitling (Leverage).

“I am delighted to announce that The Last Ship is coming to Sky 1, adding to our portfolio of energetic and thrilling US dramas”, said Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald. “The Last Ship delivers the gripping, edge of your seat viewing that Sky 1 customers love and the even better news is that they don’t have to wait long to start watching.”

The Last Ship is the latest show that Sky1 has acquired from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. The satcaster also announced today that they had acquired The CW’s The Flash and ABC’s Forever from the global sales division of the major Hollywood studio. The shows, which are expected to premiere later this year, join fellow WB series Arrow on Sky1’s schedule.

For Warner Bros, these deals with Sky are significant. Observers have been commenting for some time that the acquisition of US shows was taking longer this year and, with these three deals, Warner Bros remains the only Hollywood Studio who has sold their wares from the upcoming season to a UK broadcaster. In addition to the deals with Sky for Forever and The Flash, WBITD has also sold Gotham to Channel 5.