World renowned producer Michael Bay introduces the action-packed navy drama, ‘The Last Ship’. Will the post-apocalyptic series be summer TV’s big hit? Click to WATCH a behind-the-scenes video, plus see interviews with Michael and the cast!
The Last Ship follows a Navy captain and crew, along with two scientists, who fight to save the world from deadly virus infecting and wiping out nearly all of humanity. Director Michael Bay is known for his military-themed films in the past — Armageddon and Transformers — and now he’s bringing his big screen drama to TV!
‘The Last Ship’: Michael Bay’s Big TV Moment
Michael Bay has ventured into television with Starz’ Black Sails, but TNT’s The Last Ship is the network’s big break into primetime territory.
Michael has been “slow and cautious about getting into the television industry,” according to the LA Times. This comes as no surprise, as TV is ruthlessly competitive with single episodes looking like silver screens productions. But The Last Ship is gearing up to be right there. The newspaper reports that the series has a “rumored budget hovering around $2.5 million per episode.”
Michael isn’t the only star power joining the series. Networks have turned to recruiting A-list actors — with the likes of NBC’s Crossbones starring John Malkovich and CBS’ Extant starring Halle Berry, to name a few — but with the star-power and resources that Bay has, it shouldn’t be that hard to create a hit TV show. Hello, he has McSteamy!
Michael has had strong connections within the American military ever since filming Armageddon, and he’s bringing that to the show. He has acquired two 505-foot-long naval missile destroyers exclusively for the show, including the Dewey and the Halsey.
Eric Dane: Action Star
Back to McSteamy. The Last Ship stars Eric Dane, who we all know from Grey’s Anatomy, and Rhona Mitra from Strike Back and Nip/Tuck.
“This has been a kind of one-of-a-kind of experience, across the board,” Eric told the LA Times. “Everyone says that we’re there to make them look good. But they’re making us look good.”
Eric is bound to make any TV show look great, but that’s besides the point.
Michael agrees with Dane on the one-of-a-kind experience: “This show really feels like the US Navy feels….We absolutely could not fake that — the show just feels more real because there really is a lot of Navy in it. We really couldn’t have done it without that.”
HollywoodLifers, will you tune into The Last Ship? Let us know if Eric Dane is your favorite summer TV hunk!
— Cara Munn