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The Turner-owned cable network has officially decided that the upcoming fifth season of the Eric Dane starrer will be its last.
TNT president Kevin Reilly confirmed the news Wednesday at Turner’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers in New York.
With the decision to wrap Last Ship, Reilly has now wiped the network clean of all the dramas he inherited when he came to the cable network. Last Ship was the last remaining holdover from TNT’s pre-Reilly era after the cabler recently canceled The Librarians.
Since he arrived at TNT, Reilly has slowly been focusing on bringing edgy fare to the drama-focused network. His TNT slate includes Animal Kingdom, Claws, Good Behavior and The Alienist as well as the recently ordered Snowpiercer, Deadlier Than the Male and One Day She’ll Darken. Reilly’s move to clean house at TNT comes after he did the same at comedy-focused sibling TBS, replacing sitcoms like Ground Floor with edgier far including The Last OG, Search Party and The Detour, among others.
Based on William Brinkley’s novel of the same name, Last Ship follows the crew of a U.S. Navy missile destroyer as they attempt to find a cure and save humanity after a global pandemic wipes out 80 percent of the world’s population. The series was renewed for a fourth and fifth season in 2016, with both filming back-to-back last year as season four aired. Season five will premiere in the summer. Production on season four was briefly interrupted when leading man Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) sought treatment for depression. Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane co-created the series and served as showrunners for the first three seasons; Kane has been the lone showrunner since.
During its run, Last Ship consistently ranked as one of basic cable’s top 10 summer series. Executive producers include Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form’s Platinum Dunes banner. The series is produced in-house by Turner’s Studio T. A return date for the final season has not yet been determined.
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