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Michael Bay's The Last Ship gets series order

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay TV drama The Last Ship has been picked up to series in the US.

TNT has announced a 10-episode pick-up that will bring the drama to TV screens in 2014.

Based on the William Brinkley novel, The Last Ship focuses on the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly destroys 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.

Former Grey’s Anatomy heart-throb Eric Dane stars as Tom Chandler, the commanding officer of the USS Nathan James who’s married with two young daughters, while the cast is rounded out by Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Michaela McManus and Tracy Middendorf.

Michael Wright, president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, commented: “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.

“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.”

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