There will be no second season for TNT drama King & Maxwell. The procedural, starring Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney as Secret Service agents-turned-private investigators, was pretty stable during his run, opening with 3.5 million viewers in June and closing out its first season with the same viewership. But it followed Major Crimes, which consistently drew 5 million-plus. With the cancellation of King & Maxwell, the only one remaining TNT bubble series is Franklin & Bash. The cable net last month renewed Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception and Falling Skies.
Jesse Plemons Cast In HBO’s ‘Missionary’ Pilot, Lauren Ash In ABC’s ‘Super Fun Night’, Chris Butler In TNT’s ‘King & Maxwell’
Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) is set to co-star opposite Benjamin Walker in HBO’s Cold War spy drama pilot The Missionary, from Charles Randolph, producers Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg and author Malcolm Gladwell. Set in Berlin in the late 1960s, The Missionary centers on Roy (Walker), a young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin. Plemons, repped by TalentWorks and attorney David Matlof, will play Sherwood Elbridge, a young coca-cola executive who helps smuggle defectors out of the Eastern Bloc. Baltasar Kormakur is directing.
Canadian Lauren Ash (Syfy’s Scare Tactics) has landed a co-lead opposite Rebel Wilson on Wilson’s ABC comedy pilot Super Fun Night. The project, executive produced by Conan O’Brien, was originally developed as a multi-camera sitcom for CBS last season. After it didn’t make the cut, it was picked up by ABC as a single-camera comedy. Written by and starring Bridesmaids standout Wilson, Super Fun Night follows three nerdy female friends: Kimmie (Wilson), Helen-Alice (Lisa Lapira) and Marika (Ash) on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night. The role was played by Edy Patterson in the original pilot. Ash, repped by Parent Management, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and The Glick Agency, hails from Second City Mainstage Toronto and Chicago.
Rhona Mitra has been tapped as the female lead opposite Eric Dane in TNT‘s action drama pilot The Last Ship, executive produced by Michael Bay. Jonathan Mostow is set to direct the pilot written by Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane. Based on the novel by William Brinkley, The Last Ship centers on the crew of a naval destroyer who, after a global catastrophe decimates the Earth’s population, are forced to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors. British-born Mitra will play Rachel Scott, a direct, strong-willed, intelligent, and fearless paleomicrobiologist. Dane plays the ship’s captain. Mitra, repped by Untitled and Ken McReddie in the UK, most recently starred on Cinemax’s Strike Back.