TNT orders three drama pilots

'King and Maxwell,' 'Legends' and 'Trooper' get prod'n greenlights

TNT has given pilot greenlights to a trio of high-octane drama projects.

Cabler has ordered “King and Maxwell” from CBS TV Studios and “NCIS: Los Angeles” exec producer Shane Brennan. Howard Gordon and Jeff Nachmanoff are shepherding “Legends” for Fox 21. “Trooper,” a project previously developed for CBS, hails from Jerry Bruckheimer TV.

“King and Maxwell” is based on characters from best-selling author David Baldacci who are private investigators and former secret service agents. Their unique skill set gives them a leg up on both suspects and conventional law enforcement.

“Legends,” based on the novel by Robert Littell, centers on an undercover operative with the ability to turn himself into a different person for each assignment. Howard Gordon and Jeff Nachmanoff are exec producing with Jonathan Levin. Mark Bomback penned the pilot.

“Trooper,” from Warner Horizon TV, revolves around a mother who becomes a New York state trooper and brings her no-nonsense attitude to law enforcement. Pilot

was penned by Aron Eli Coleite and is exec produced by Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, with KristieAnne Reed as co-exec producer. The CBS rendition shot earlier this year starred Mira Sorvino, but she is no longer attached.

In addition to the trio greenlit on Friday, TNT is prepping production on a pilot for “The Last Ship,” from Hank Steinberg and Michael Bay. It’s also expected to give a series order to Frank Darabont’s period drama “L.A. Noir” in the near future.