TNT has ordered Michael Bay's "The Last Ship" for a 2014 premiere, the network announced Tuesday.
The high concept drama, starring "Grey's Anatomy" alum Eric Dane, focuses on the hapless crew of the Navy Destroyer U.S.S Nathan James, who are some of the only survivors of a global catastrophe that decimates the world's population. Dane will star as Captain Tom Chandler, who is described as a career Navy man who is authoritative and decisive, but also fair and courageous. A born leader and a loving father and husband, Chandler is respected and loved by the men and women under his command. The 10-episode series is based on the William Brinkley novel of the same name.
The series also stars Rhona Mitra as Rachel Scott, a strong-willed, intelligent and fearless paleomicrobiologist assigned to the Nathan James to investigate the cause of billions of deaths worldwide. Adam Baldwin plays Slattery, the ship's second-in-command who worries deeply about his family and occasionally clashes with Dane's Captain Chandler over the best course of action. Tracy Middendorf plays Darien Chandler, the captain's wife. Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane -- who wrote the pilot -- are also executive producing along with Bay.
"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 president Michael Wright said in a statement. "Michael Bay and his fellow executive producers have shaped William Brinkley's story and characters into an exceptional drama full of action, suspense, tragedy and triumph. The Last Ship is smart, fun television that takes you on a great ride."
Here's hoping its maiden voyage is less ill-fated than TV's last nautical drama, the similarly titled "Last Resort," which was canceled last November.
Watch an extended trailer for "The Last Ship" below.
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