TNT Dry Docking ‘The Last Ship’ After 5 Seasons at Sea

Posted by May 16, 2018 Comment

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It appears that the last ship has sailed for TNT action-drama series The Last Ship; with network head Kevin Reilly confirming after the Turner upfront presentation on Wednesday that the show’s upcoming fifth season would be its last. TNT has yet to set a Season 5 premiere date for the Hank Steinberg/Steven L. Kane series, but one bit of additional news should make fans a little happier: the series will not end on a cliffhanger.

News of the show’s demise isn’t a huge surprise, as cancellation rumors began circulating after The Last Ship filmed Seasons 4 & 5 back-to-back. Adding a gallon of gas to the rumor dumpster fire, cast member Travis Van Winkle took to Instagram to post – and then delete – about wrapping production on the fifth season while also referring to it as a “series wrap”. The post came across as if the actor was saying good-bye to the series; though at the time, TNT issued a statement denying that the series was ending.

Their mission is simple: Find a cure. Stop the virus. Save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out eighty percent of the planet’s population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Executive Producer Michael Bay presents The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin.

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Back in October 2017, showrunner Kane discussed the future of the show beyond the fifth season:

“We actually just wrapped season five, and as great as I think season four is turning out, season five takes us to a new level. I know the network is really happy with where season five is going, and as far as season six I think it’s just too soon to tell. It’s very seldom you get a two-season renewal, and so now if they are talking renewals they are talking 2019 being on the air. So, this network has some time to figure it out. They’ve got a lot of other shows on the air. I know that both TNT and everyone here, we’re all really proud of this show. And also I think in terms of the ratings, considering the new shift to late August premiere and the competition from Game of Thrones and football and the Emmys and hurricanes, I think we’ve held our own. I think everybody is proud about that. We’re just grateful that we got five seasons, and we are telling the stories we want to tell, and we’ll let the dust settle a little bit and I’m sure in the next few months we will get some clarity on whether there is a season six.”

Deadline Hollywood

(Last Updated May 16, 2018 3:55 pm )