It seems that Falling Skies isn't quite enough end-of-the-world drama for TNT, as the network has ordered a new post-apocalyptic pilot from Michael Bay's production house Platinum Dunes.
The Last Ship is based on a 1989 novel by author William Brinkley. In fact, it was Brinkley's very last published work before his death in 1993. Here's the logline, directly from TNT - "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."
Hmmm, an interesting concept to be sure, but I'd say that the final piece of whether The Last Ship turns out to be a satisfying puzzle is the cast. This kind of weighty story begs to be anchored by a line-up of heavy-hitting veteran actors. It also occurs to me that the premise almost plays like a reversal of this fall's Andre Braugher anchored drama Last Resort. In that show, a submarine is given orders to start a nuclear war, refuses, and is then isolated from society. The titles are even similar. Coincidence, or follow-the-leader?
Anyway, I digress, TNT President Michael Wright made the following statement about the pilot - "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. We believe this show will take viewers on a thrilling ride and fits perfectly with TNT’s expanding line-up of original dramas."
Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (who co-founded Platinum Dunes with Bay) will serve as executive producers, along with Steven Cane (The Closer), and Hank Steinberg (Without A Trace). Hopefully Fuller and Form put more effort into this series than they did with their spotty track record of remaking horror classics like A Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday The 13th.
Will you board The Last Ship? Or does TV already have enough post-apocalyptic shenanigans?