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.