TNT, Mandalay set microseries

Partner with Lincoln for thriller starring Jonathan Schaech

TNT has teamed up with Mandalay Televison and automaker Lincoln for a crime-thriller microseries starring Jonathan Schaech.

"RPM" will air as 20 two-minute episodes within the commercial breaks of four primetime episodes of "Law & Order" starting Oct. 21 and ending Oct. 29. The series, written by Wendy West (TNT's "The Closer") and directed by Steve Shill ("Dexter"), takes its name from central character Reed P. Marks (Schaech), a husband and father of two who is looking to move past his former career as a homicide detective and the dangers it imposed on him and his family. But he finds himself compelled to help solve a murder investigation linked to a case from four years ago, using his Lincoln MKS to track down the suspect. Lori Heuring ("Runaway Jury") and Brian White ("The Shield") also star.

The microseries is executive produced by Mandalay's Elizabeth Stephen ("Brotherhood"), who brought the project to TNT and Lincoln. It marks the first time a TNT microseries has been developed so closely with a brand and the first microseries for Lincoln.

Linda Yaccarino, executive vp/general sales manager at Turner Entertainment, touted the team behind "RPM."

"Having the auspices of Mandalay and the names in the cast speaks to TNT's success in the microseries area and our contributions in putting them in high-profile time periods and marketing them in an aggressive way," she said. "We really have momentum with these projects."

Mandalay TV president Elizabeth Stephen said "RPM" marks the company's first microseries, but Mandalay approached it as if it were an hourlong drama series and is hoping it could become one at some point.

"We thought this was a chance to do something different and cutting-edge and give it a fantastic quality," she said.

Yaccarino said the network "always considers other opportunities for microseries," including making them a recurring or longer-form series.