TNT’s summer sci-fi drama Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final season, and the network also gave a second-season order to freshman hit The Last Ship and a fourth-season pickup to Major Crimes. Falling Skies‘ final run will be for 10 episodes. TNT has ordered 13 episodes of Last Ship, an increase over its first-season order of 10 episodes. The network is also ordering 15 episodes of Major Crimes. Negotiations on a renewal of TNT’s top drama Rizzoli & Isles are underway, with that pickup expected soon. No decision yet on TNT’s other freshman drama, Murder in the First, which has not been as strong as Last Ship
I hear it was the producers’ wish to finish Falling Skies after five seasons as they felt that was the time they needed to wrap the story in the best possible way. For TNT, the pending loss of the demo rating dynamo would have been a big blow had it not been for the arrival of another breakout adventure drama, Michael Bay’s The Last Ship, which this summer, much like Rizzoli & Isles, came on just before previous TNT flagship, The Closer, wrapped its run. Falling Skies helped launch Last Ship much like The Closer launched Rizzoli & Isles. Last Ship has averaged more than 7.2 million viewers in Live + 7 and ranks as basic cable’s #1 scripted series this summer with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 as well as also cable’s #1 new series for … Read More »
Network and studio marketers have been buying up every bit of space they can in San Diego to promote their wares at Comic-Con. TNT has managed to find a pristine place though to promote its new Sean Bean-starring drama series Legends: the airport. The takeover of San Diego International Airport the week of July 21 will include Legends imagery and messaging at baggage claim carousels, escalators and skyway bridges. That will be in addition to traditional promos including Gaslamp Quarter billboards.
Last year’s marketing blitzes around town during Comic-Con included a massive Helix banner from Syfy that wrapped around the Marriott Hotel next to the San Diego Convention Center, and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. signage on train cars.
TNT’s confab lineup this year includes summer hit The Last Ship – that marketing push includes a party aboard the USS Midway at the city’s Navy Pier — and Falling Skies. The former’s panel is July 24 at 1:45 PM in Room 6A of the convention center and the latter’s is the next day at 4:30 PM in Room 6BCF.
The Legends panel Thursday at the convention center includes cast Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut and Tina Majorino with executive producers Howard Gordon and David Wilcox. The session will open with a screening of the first episode of the series ahead of its August 13 premiere.
Even by Michael Bay standards, the filmmaker finishes a pyrotechnic weekend that is a career high watermark for movies and TV. His Transformers: Age Of Extinction might cross $100 million domestic on its opening weekend (a shade less than the $108 million done by Transformers 3), and passed $200 million international (biggest offshore opener this year) to generate $300 million in total ticket sales. Those who stayed home had to deal with Bay’s TNT drama The Last Ship, which aired tonight with hopes to build on a June 22 premiere of the post apocalyptic drama that totaled 5.3 million total viewers. Its 1.2 rating among the 18-49 demo in that debut episode made it the second highest-rated drama debut in the past few weeks and the best cable result so far this summer. There are already expectations that Bay will do his fifth Transformers installment (he, Peter Jackson and James Cameron seem comfortable working in their respective billion dollar franchise sandboxes over and over), but I hear Bay might want to take a break and direct a smaller movie next, as he did with Pain & Gain. There is always the prospect of Bad Boys 3 kicking around. Bay overhauled the Transformers storyline with his Pain & Gain star Mark Wahlberg. Has Bay positioned himself and Wahlberg to drive the next few installments of the saga?
UPDATE, 3:30 PM: The network has now announced its full summer schedule joining the series premieres of The Last Ship and Legends. It includes the series premiere of Steven Bochco’s new crime drama Murder In The First on Monday, June 9 at 1o PM, following the Season 3 premiere of Major Crimes at 9 PM. The full schedule and the newly released Murder In The First trailer is below the original story.
PREVIOUS, MONDAY AM: The series premiere of TNT‘s action drama The Last Ship from Michael Bay will premiere on Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM, followed by the Season 4 bow of the network’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies at 10 PM. TNT’s other new drama, Legends, has been given a 9 PM Wednesday, August 20 launch date. The trio join returning summer runs for Major Crimes, Rizzoli & Isles, Perception and Franklin & Bash, new episodes of Dallas, and the launch of Stephen Bochco’s new crime drama Murder In The First — those dates have yet to be announced. Today’s news was announced during TNT’s panel at SXSW, which includes a sneak peek of Last Ship, which stars Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra and centers on a Navy vessel that may be humanity’s last hope in the wake of a worldwide catastrophe. Check out the sneak below as well as trailers for the other two series: Read More »
Toni Trucks (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) has been tapped for a regular role on TNT’s legal dramedy Franklin & Bash. Trucks will play Anita Herrera, the new recruit Attorney for the Franklin & Bash offices, a tough, smart and attractive Georgetown lawyer with a great sense of humor who can hold her own with the big boys. Trucks appeared as a recurring on CBS’ Hostages and next will be seen in Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She is repped by Greene & Associates and Rugolo Entertainment. Read More »
When Shaun Ryan was doing the series Last Resort for ABC, he told TV critics he did not collaborate with the U.S. Navy on the series in order to be able to tell the stories he wanted to do. This afternoon, at a TCA Q&A session for TNT’s new drama The Last Ship, TV critics asked TNT chief Michael Wright how closely the Navy was involved and whether the Navy was an advertiser on the program. “The U.S. Navy does not normally let Hollywood use its toys,” one TV critic said. The Last Ship, based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, 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. Wright said he had no knowledge of the Navy advertising on the show. The Navy “has been a great partner” on the production “in that they’ve provided us resources that would not have been available” otherwise, he said. Read More »
Recent Yale graduate Marissa Neitling has landed her first regular role on the TNT’s upcoming drama series The Last Ship. Executive produced by Michael Bay, it’s about the crew of a lone naval destroyer after a global pandemic who must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Neitling, repped by KMR and Wishlab, will be playing a member of the crew, a highly trained officer in the Combat Information Center — the intelligence and weapons hub of the ship.
Rome and Luck alumna Kerry Condon is joining another upcoming drama series, NBC’s Believe, from Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams. It centers on Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a girl with special powers. Condon will play Zoe Boyle, who has worked at Roman Skouras’ (Kyle MacLachlan) side for years. She considers herself the “mother” of the unique group of people Skouras has collected in his top-secret organization, Orchestra, and her heart aches for the one member that got away — Bo. Condon, repped by ICM Partners, Framework and Curtis Brown, recently guest starred on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Abrams’ other NBC drama series, Revolution, also is adding a recurring, Mat Vairo (Switched At Birth), who will play the sexy, charming, a little cocky and a lot dangerous Connor. He is repped by … Read More »
The Last Ship, featuring an original score by 16-time Grammy winner Sting, will open on Broadway in the fall of 2014 following a world premiere in Chicago. Inspired by Sting’s childhood, The Last Ship is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend where life revolves around the local shipyard. It tells the story of Gideon Fletcher who leaves home to travel the world and returns 14 years later to see the shipyard’s future in danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that has defined their existence and Fletcher realizes he left more behind than he could ever imagine. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello directs, the book is by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey and choreography is by Tony nominee Steven Hoggett.
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 … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Titus Welliver has been forced to leave the TNT drama pilot The Last Ship because of a family health emergency. The network would not elaborate, but Welliver’s wife has been ill.
In his first pilot since Chuck, NBC spy series’ co-star Adam Baldwin has been tapped to replace Welliver in 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. Baldwin will play Mike Slattery, second in command to Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) onboard the USS Nathan James. Read More »
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. Read More »
Departing Grey’s Anatomy co-star Eric Dane has boarded his next series project… literally. Dane has been tapped as the lead in TNT‘s action drama pilot The Last Ship, executive produced by Michael Bay. Jonathan Mostow is set to direct the pilot written by Without A Trace creator Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane.
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EXCLUSIVE: Michaela McManus, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Christina Elmore and Sam Spruell are set to co-star in TNT‘s action drama pilot The Last Ship, executive produced by Michael Bay.
Jonathan Mostow is set to direct the pilot written by Without A Trace creator Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane. Based on the popular 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. McManus will play Lt. Jackie Makena, a crew member who runs the Combat Information Center and is in charge of missile deployment. Parnell will play Hugh Jeter, Command Master Chief aboard the USS Nathan James. Van Winkle will play Danny Green, the leader of a small crew of SEALS aboard the Nathan James. Elmore will play Lt. Alisha Granderson who co-steers the ship. Spruell will play Quincy, a paleomicrobiologist. McManus, repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment, most recently starred on NBC’s Awake. Parnell, repped by Greene & Associates, will next be seen in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek sequel.
In a rare pilot gig, feature helmer Jonathan Mostow (U-571, Terminator 3) has signed on to direct and executive produce TNT‘s action drama pilot The Last Ship, executive produced by another action movie director-producer, Michael Bay.
Based on the popular 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. Without A Trace creator Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane wrote the script and are exec producing with Mostow and Platinum Dunes’ Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. In TV, WME-repped Mostow previously directed the finale of the Emmy-winning HBO mini-series From The Earth To The Moon.
EXCLUSIVE: TNT has given a pilot order to The Last Ship, an action drama series executive produced by Michael Bay. The project, originally announced as part of TNT’s development slate in May, is based on the popular novel by William Brinkley. Written by Without A Trace creator Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane (The Closer), 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. The project hails from Bay’s Platinum Dunes banner. He is executive producing the pilot with his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form; Steinberg, who serves as showrunner; and Kane. “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,” said TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright. “We look forward to working with Michael Bay and The Last Ship‘s outstanding production team.”
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Over the past year or so, Bay, director-producer of such blockbusters as the Transformers and Bad Boys movie franchises, has focused on expanding his brand to television through his production company. The pilot order to The Last Ship comes on the heels … Read More »