Ahead of its upfront presentation next week, TNT has given a 10-episode series order to post-apocalyptic action drama The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane and executive produced by filmmaker Michael Bay. (Watch the first trailer below) The Last Ship is one of two pilots at TNT that have been awaiting a series order. A pickup for the other, Legends, is still pending. Based on William Brinkley’s popular novel, The Last Ship, which will premiere in 2014, comes from Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Bay and his partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form serve as executive producers, along with showrunner Hank Steinberg (Without A Trace) and Steven Kane (The Closer). Steinberg and Kane wrote the series pilot, which was directed by Jonathan Mostow. The story opens with 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 the crew and its captain must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors. “The Last Ship has all the elements of a big Hollywood blockbuster, from its epic storytelling to its top-notch cast headed by the perfect leading man, Eric Dane,” said TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright. “Michael Bay and his fellow executive producers have shaped William Brinkley’s story and characters into an exceptional drama full of action, suspense, tragedy and triumph.
Dane stars as Captain Tom Chandler, a career Navy man who is authoritative and decisive, but also fair and courageous. The Last Ship also stars Rhona Mitra as Rachel Scott, a strong-willed, intelligent and fearless paleomicrobiologist; Adam Baldwin as Slattery, the ship’s second-in-command who occasionally clashes with Dane’s Captain Chandler; and Tracy Middendorf as Darien Chandler, the captain’s wife.