BSkyB Takes 'The Flash,' Michael Bay's 'The Last Ship' for U.K.

5:13 AM PST 08/22/2014 by Georg Szalai

Sky has had success navigating the British ratings waters with such U.S. dramas as 'Arrow' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB has acquired Michael Bay series The Last Ship and the upcoming comic-book adaptation The Flash for its flagship network Sky 1 HD.

Financial details weren't disclosed.

The Last Ship is a military thriller, which debuted in the U.S. on TNT this summer. It is based on a best-selling novel by William Brinkley and stars Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) and British actress Rhona Mitra (Strike Back).

Meanwhile, the superhero show is set to launch in the U.S. in October. The series stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who chases criminals as The Flash, the fastest man alive. The DC Comics TV adaptation is a spinoff from The CW hit show Arrow, which already airs on Sky 1.

‎The two shows add to BSkyB's already strong lineup of U.S. dramas. Sky 1 has, for example, aired the likes of Fox's 24: Live Another Day, Arrow and CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, BSkyB's Sky Atlantic network airs such HBO hits as Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, as well as Showtime's Ray Donovan and CBS' Blue Bloods.

Sky 1 didn't detail an air date for the first episode of The Flash. It said it would air the 10-episode first season of The Last Ship "soon," but also didn't immediately indicate a launch date. TNT has already renewed the series for a second 13-episode run.

The first season of The Last Ship kicks off amid a global pandemic that has nearly wiped out the world's population. The crew of the U.S.S. Nathan James is heading home from Antarctica with microbiologist Rachel Scott, the only person who might hold the key to stopping the virus. They must stay alive until a cure is found.

Dane stars as the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Nathan James who's married with two young daughters. Mitra plays the microbiologist.

 

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