July 19, 2014
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.
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 the year-to-date among total viewers and adults 25-54.
In its fourth season, Falling Skies still averages a healthy 5.5 million+ viewers in Live + 7, including 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.1 million adults 18-49. Falling Skies producer Amblin TV already has another series lined up on TNT, Public Morals. Its portfolio also includes Under The Dome, Extant, The Americans, Red Band Society and Whispers. Major Crimes is showing an uptick over last year, with 7 million viewers in Live + 7 for Season 3. It averages 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49.
June 25, 2014
The Last Ship had a big bow on Sunday night, premiering to 5.3 million total viewers, with 1.5 mil landing in the 18-49 sweet spot.
The TNT freshman thus stands as the No. 1 cable launch for the year-to-date. (And with an encore folded in, its numbers swelled to 7.4 mil/2.3 mil.)
Leading out of that, Falling Skies‘ Season 4 opener did 3.7 mil/1.3 mil, down from both its previous premiere (4.2 mil/1.9 mil) and its August finale (3.7 mil/1.6 mil). With an encore added in, the alien invasion drama 2nd (a)Massed 4.7 mil/1.7 mil.
A very good start for The Last Ship, Falling Skies again return down from it's previous year. It never was a problem because the numbers were still always big for TNT.
March 10, 2014
Falling Skies, one of the few remaining sci-fi series on TV, is returning this June, June 22nd to be exact, it's lead in will be another series which has some sci-fi (ish) elements and that is The Last Ship. Falling Skies will be back with it's fourth season and for the first time it will be twelve episodes instead of just 10. The Last Ship will star Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Alec Baldwin. See post below to read the announcement:
TNT’s The Last Ship, a military/outbreak thriller fronted by Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) and also starring Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin, will set sail on Sunday, June 22 at 9/8c, the cabler has announced. Season 4 of Falling Skies will lead out of The Last Ship that night, airing at 10/9c.
January 31, 2014
Jocko Sims has been upped to regular on TNT’s The Last Ship. Executive produced by Michael Bay, the series revolves around the crew of a lone naval destroyer after a global pandemic who must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Sims plays Dalton Burk, a charismatic, fit and tough Navy lieutenant in charge of Tac Group One.
Sims appeared opposite Gary Oldman and Keri Russell in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Other credits include features White Space and Something Is Killing Tate and the Starz series Crash. He’s also coming off recurring roles on Castle and Franklin & Bash. Sims is with APA and Benedetti Management.
Not sure where this one is headed to, as I said earlier, an apocalyptic story with a slightly different take. It will air somewhere during the summer of 2014. As soon as I have more
info I will let you know here.
January 11, 2014
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. The Navy has been “incredibly respectful of the needing to tell stories,” understands ” the difference between good storytelling and a poster” and has been “incredibly supportive,” he said. Added star Eric Dane: ”The Navy sets conditions for success and then executes with style and precision. That’s what we like about them.” Last July, TNT gave a pilot order to The Last Ship, executive produced by Michael Bay. The project, originally was announced as part of TNT’s development slate in May.
Another apocalyptic series but with a slightly different take on it. On the plus side, it will probably be heavily serialized and no filler episodes. That is the advantage of cable networks. Looking forward to this, see if this is something interesting.
November 8, 2013
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.
Really curious about this new tv series, great to see Adam Baldwin again as a regular in a new tv series.
October 24, 2012
From big-screen helmer Michael Bay, the apocalyptic pilot follows a Navy crew facing a new existence after a pandemic destroys most of Earth’s population. As reported by Deadline, the Lost actor had to depart the project rather suddenly due to a family emergency. Baldwin — who recently guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU — will now portray Mike Slattery, second in command to Eric Dane’s Captain Tom Chandler. If The Last Ship does go to series, the cabler will likely find a spot in the cast for Welliver.
Source : http://tvline.com/
October 11, 2012
Veteran character actor Titus Welliver (Lost, Touch, Sons Of Anarchy, The Good Wife) has been cast in TNT‘s sf 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. Departing Grey’s Anatomy co-star Eric Dane has also boarded his next series project… literally. Dane has been tapped as the lead in TNT‘s sf action drama pilot The Last Ship.
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. Welliver will play Mike Slattery, second in command to Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) onboard the USS Nathan James, a fair man who cares deeply for his family. He and Tom clash at times over what is the best course of action.
September 14, 2012
Still not entirely sure if we can call this sci-fibut 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.
July 17, 2012
TNT has ordered a pilot for the action-packed drama series The Last Ship, based on the popular novel by William Brinkley and executive-produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay (Transformers). The project comes to TNT from Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, whose credits include A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with showrunner Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace) and Steven Kane (The Closer) also serving as executive producers. Steinberg and Kane wrote the pilot script.
In The Last Ship, a global catastrophe nearly obliterates the earth’s population, forcing the crew of a naval destroyer to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors.
“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 Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We believe this show will take viewers on a thrilling ride and fits perfectly with TNT’s expanding line-up of original dramas. We look forward to working with Michael Bay and The Last Ship‘s outstanding production team.”
Source : http://scifimafia.com/
May 17, 2012
Transformers director Michael Bay intends to call the shots on the pilot for a new sci-fi TV show for TNT called The Last Ship, if the US cable channel gives it the green light. Yesterday, TNT (home of Falling Skies) announced a slate of projects-in-development, and the most exciting for SFX was The Last Ship.
According to Deadline, “In this exciting action/adventure project based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, the crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic decimates most of the earth’s population. Michael Bay (Transformers) intends to direct the pilot if it is green lit. Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Hank Steinberg (showrunner and writer) and Steve Kane (writer). Production Company: Platinum Dunes.”