TNT's latest pilot order, an action series called "The Last Ship," comes from blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay, who is executive producing the project.
"The Last Ship," based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, follows Navy crew members, who, when a global catastrophe nearly obliterates the earth's population, are forced to confront 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," TNT president Michael Wright said in a statement. "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."
"The Last Ship" joins Frank Darabont's "L.A. Noir" pilot, which is also vying for series contention at TNT. "The Walking Dead's" Jon Bernthal has been tapped to reunite with former "Dead" showrunner Darabont on the pilot, as has Neal McDonough of "Justified" fame.
Like "The Last Ship," "LA Noir" is based on a book by John Buntin, "LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City," and will center on the LAPD's battle with the West Coast Mob in the '40s and '50s.
"Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular," Daramont said in a statement when TNT ordered the pilot in January. "The goal is to deliver on the tone that the title 'L.A. Noir' promises: a smart, gritty, authentic, period noir drama."
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