The Last Ship is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series, based on a novel of the same name by William Brinkley. In May 2013, the cable network TNT placed a 10-episode order for the series. The series premiered on June 22, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.
On July 18, 2014, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode second season to air starting in June 2015.
After a global viral pandemic "wipes out" over 80% of the world's population, the crew (consisting of 218 men and women) of a lone unaffected U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), must try to find a cure, to stop the virus and save humanity.
Development & Production:
In July 2012, TNT ordered a pilot episode for a potential series based on the novel The Last Ship by William Brinkley. Hank Steinberg and Steve Kane wrote the pilot script, and Jonathan Mostow
directed the pilot. It was filmed at a number of locations across San Diego including aboard the USS Halsey (DDG-97) and the USS Dewey (DDG-105), which stands in for the show's fictional USS
Nathan James (DDG-151), and the USS Iowa museum ship.
The series is produced by Platinum Dunes, with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Steinberg, and Kane serving as executive producers. Steinberg also serves as the day-to-day showrunner.
The Last Ship has received mostly favorable reception from television critics, and currently has a Metacritic score of 61 out of 100 based on 22 "generally favorable" reviews. The review
aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes currently reports a 64% "fresh" critics rating with an average rating of 6/10 based on 28 reviews. The website consensus reads: "Movie-sized action sequences
and a pretty cast provide smooth sailing for The Last Ship, though it's not anything that hasn't been seen before."
On July 2014, TNT announced that they would renew the series for a second season.