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TNT Gives Series Pickup to Michael Bay’s ‘Last Ship’

Submarine thriller penned by Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane

TNT has given a 10-episode order to “The Last Ship,” a drama thriller starring Eric Dane and exec produced by Michael Bay.

Pickup comes a week before the Turner net unveils its lineup for the 2013-14 season to advertisers in New York.

“Last Ship” revolves around a navy destroyer crew that survives a nuclear disaster. Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane wrote the pilot, which was helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“U-571”).

Steinberg will serve as showrunner and exec produce with Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

Bay, a staple in the realm of big budget action pics, has for the most part not dabbled in the small screen world until the greenlighting of “Last Ship.” The helmer also has FBI drama “Occult” set up at A&E.

” ‘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/TBS/TCM programming prexy Michael Wright. “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.”

Drama also stars Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin and Tracy Middendorf.

Check out the trailer for “Last Ship” here:

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