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TNT Renews ‘The Last Ship’ for Season Five

Pick-Up Comes Before the Fourth Season Opener

TNT has greenlit drama “The Last Ship” for a fifth season prior to beginning season four. Debuting on June 22, 2014 and based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley, “The Last Ship” follows the fictional USS Nathan James and its attempts to find a cure, stop the virus and save humanity after a global virus wipes out over 80 percent of the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. Now, CNO Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.

“The Last Ship has taken viewers on an exciting ride through three truly thrilling seasons,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “We look forward to watching the cast and production team ratchet up the drama, action and suspense even more over the next two seasons through summer 2018.”

Ten new episodes have been ordered in addition to the 10 for season four, which is expected to air in 2017. The series is produced by Turner’s Studio T in association with Platinum Dunes, whose partners – filmmaker Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form – serve as executive producers. Co-creators Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane also serve as executive producers, along with director Paul Holahan. Kane will serve as showrunner, having previously served alongside Steinberg for the first three seasons.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. The show has no ratings, so it’s a lot better to renew it before the ratings start coming in.

    Another great example of throwing mney at favored production companies over trying to find hits.