Catastrophe again follows actor Eric Dane, but in a good way–and he has producer Michael Bay to thank for it. Less than a week after his character, Dr. Mark Sloan (“McSteamy”), died on the series opener of season nine of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Dane has signed on to Bay’s new TNT pilot “The Last Ship,” as reported on Seattle Pi.
Tough Guy Stuff
The plot is based on a post-apocalyptic 1989 William Brinkley novel about a navy crew who are among the few survivors on Earth after a global catastrophe. In “The Last Ship,” Dane is part of a crew of a naval destroyer that survives a nuclear war. Dane’s character Chandler is described as “a career Navy Man and a loving father and husband who’s never home as much as he’d like to be. Chandler is authoritative, decisive, fair, courageous and a born leader, respected and loved by men and women in his command.”
“Without a Trace’s” Hank Steinberg will serve as showrunner and is writing the pilot, along with “The Closer’s” Steven Kane. Bay, Kane and Steinberg will be executive producers.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, as saying, “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. We look forward to working with Michael Bay and ‘The Last Ship’s’ outstanding production team.”
The Cast & Crew
“The Last Ship” will premiere in 2013 and also will feature actors Michaela McManus, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Christina Elmore and Sam Spruell, according to TV Fanatic. McManus will portray Lt. Jackie Makena, a crew member who runs the Combat Information Center and heads missile deployment. Parnell will play Hugh Jeter, command master chief aboard the USS Nathan James. Van Winkle will have the part of Danny Green, the leader of a small crew of SEALS aboard the ship, and Elmore will play Lt. Alisha Granderson who co-steers the ship. Spruell will play Quincy, a paleomicrobiologist. McManus most recently starred on NBC’s “Awake,” while Parnell will next be seen in JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel.
Jonathan Mostow (“U-571”) will direct the pilot. If “The Last Ship” receives a series order, Inside TV reported, it likely will be compared with ABC’s nautical thriller “Last Resort,” which is the new lead-in for “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Dane left “Grey’s Anatomy” after six seasons on the hit medical drama.
Executive Producer, and master puppeteer, Michael Bay is widely known for the hugely successful “Transformers” movie franchise, now readying for its fourth installment. Bay has been busy with a number of film projects as well as TV adventures. The mega filmmaker has another new film, “Pain and Gain,” due out next April. And yet another show, “Black Sails,” a swashbuckling series and prequel to the classic novel “Treasure Island.”