News Briefs: TNT Orders the Post-Nuclear Thriller The Last Ship

KINDA LIKE LAST RESORT NEWS

... TNT has given a series order to The Last Ship, a military thriller starring Grey's Anatomy vet Eric Dane. The series, based on the William Brinkley novel of the same name, follows the crew of a Navy destroyer that survives a global nucelar catastrophe. The 10-episode season season ships off in 2014. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... Awesome U.K. sitcom The IT Crowd is coming back for an episode, according to creator Graham Linehan. The plan is to air a final 40-minute special on Channel 4 in the U.K., with cast members Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry all returning. If you haven't seen The IT Crowd (which failed as an American import starring Joel McHale), do it! It's on Netflix and it's hilarious. [Laughing Squid]

... NBC is milking this The Office sendoff for all it can (and why not?), expanding the May 16 series finale to an hour and 15 minutes. It will preceded by an hour-long Office retrospective and followed by a new episode of Hannibal, which will run with limited commercial interruptions. [TV Line]

... Starz has announced a premiere month for its pirate epic Black Sails: January 2014. The series follows Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and takes place 20 years before the events of Treasure Island. There are a lot of pirate shows coming out over the next year, but if you like your pirates with a side of boobs and gore, this will be the one for you. [Starz via press release]

... Music-centric cable channel Fuse has ordered The Hustle, a drama about hip-hop artists trying to make it in the biz. The six-episode season will debut on June 19 at 11pm. It will be followed by The Hustle After Party, an in-studio catch-up discussion show in the vein of Talking Dead, which is a little presumptuous, isn't it? So basically, everyone who has watched the episode will be in the studio audience of The Hustle After Party. [Variety

... This is your weekly reminder that Game of Thrones has hit a new series high. 5.5 million viewers this time, up from 5.3 million last week. [EW]


CASTING NEWS


... We spent all of Season 2 wondering when FX's The Americans would kill Soviet double spy Nina and FBI secretary Martha, and now we're going to spend all of Season 2 wondering how the show will keep them alive. Actresses Annet Mahendru (Nina) and Alison Wright (Martha) have both been promoted to series regulars for the spy drama's second season. Excellent news, especially for us #TeamMartha fans. [FX via press release]

... When Faith Hill announced that she would no longer be singing the Sunday Night Football anthem, America cried and the stock market crashed. But we're strong! And we have more blonde country-music superstars than we can handle. Former American Idol champ Carrie Underwood will take over the duties next season, ensuring freedom will continue to ring and bald eagles will continue to soar and Congress will continue to do whatever it is they aren't doing. [USA Today]

... There's a standoff happening over at CBS's Criminal Minds. The drama has not yet been renewed due to salary disagreements between cast members and the studio-and-network combo that's behind the series, ABC Studios and CBS. Final offers have gone out to Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness, and A.J. Cook, but Vangsness and Cook have declined theirs, opting to stand together to bring attention to the fact that the female actors on the show are, in some cases, getting paid less than half of what their male counterparts are making. It's unclear whether the show would move on without Cook and Vangsness. [Deadline Hollywood]



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I feel so bad for Martha on The Americans.
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Oh no another Last Resort crap the way
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OMG!!! CM what is wrong with these television studios. I can't believe are do that to you guys. Good shows should mean good pay. CBS fix your records and pay the people. We want more Criminal Minds!!!!
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The IT Crowd needs to come back for much more than a single episode.
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CM pay those lassies the right amount of salary.
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I think I ate the bones.
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if Garcia leaves CM, I would leave it too.. her, Gubler and Moore are the foundations of this show for me.. I can even deal with lack of Hotchner or JJ but not those.. nope.. dont do that stupid move CBS..
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Oh dear, an hour a week of naff pirates interspersed with simulated sex and thrusting male buttocks ad nauseam. These period shows give me one. They are all interchangeable by now. Although I think Adam Baldwin would be better suited to the pirate show - what with his muscular buttocks - than The Last Ship.
Gibson's arrest is amusing but more so is the TMZ line that it took 5 fully grown police to take him down - I forgot they employ children too! They fired J.J once already but buckled to fans and got her back, or, fired the more expensive Paget Brewster. Believe as you will. CM went downhill years back. Joe Mc-Ranty-pants mantegna killed it for me. Well, him and that any realism died as procedural and criminal law breaking by the FBI characters increased week in and out - which is ultimately what happens in all crime shows, along with no/inept lawyers and confessions aplenty.
The IT Crowd is a must view :)
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News Brief That's Not Listed Here: American Idol continues to circle the drain. Rumor has it their next desperate slate of judges will be Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez (who doesn't even sing) and P. Diddy. How low can they scrape the barrel? Who's next, Honey Boo Boo? Glenn Beck? Every obnoxious comedian that has his own Comedy Central show? Or even lower than that.....Lea Michele???
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The IT Crowd rules!

Starz is a shitty channel. Now they are going to make a porn pirate show as well... yuck.
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I used to love Criminal Minds so much that I thought my love for the show will never cease. But it did. I barely finished season 7 (and that's only because of Tricia Helfer in the finale) and season 8 was so boring I stopped watching. I lost all my faith in CM and I won't cry if the show won't get renewed.

AJ Cook's absence won't affect the show as much as Kirsten's. With all my sympathy for JJ, she's even not half as distinctive character as Garcia is. And what about Matthew Gray Gubler? Without Reid there is no hope left for the show.
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I totally read "The Last Ship" as if it was in relation to the fandom version of "ship" and an entire plot sprung to mind: various fans of various fandoms pitting their 'ships against each other in an epic battle.

Someone make this happen?
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Sounds like a tv.com "This or That"
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Last ship lsst resort, uhhhh......

Pirates ahoy!
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Dump the tech broad from Criminal Minds. She serves no purpose. She's no Abby from NCIS.
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Let me guess, you'd be OK with her if she looked more like "Abby" I like her. She adds some humor and flavor. And let's face it, they'd NEED some sort of tech-person in the background to look up information for them. I'd rather a short conversation with a character we know then a phantom phone call where the guy says "Yeh, yeh, thanks. OK I've been told there are 23 people that match the..."
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I was really kind of hoping they would find a way to dispense with Martha altogether, but I'm happy for the actress to have a little job security and steady pay.

Also, this trend of lazy, mindless, el cheapo post-show discussion gabfests has simply got to end. Here's hoping Fuse ends up with a bomb. (Did you see what I did there?)
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"The Last Ship" (the book) is nothing like "Last Resort". It's similar to "On the Beach" novel / movie, but with a more optimistic ending. I can't wait to see its tv adaptation.

I'm glad to hear Nina is going to be series regulars in season 2 of the Americans - I love the double spy idea. As for Martha - I thought she was as good as dead and it was just a matter of time before the Jennings kill her. Let's hope she won't get pregnant.
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Lol, #TeamMartha. Poor, poor Martha. She's a bit of a sadsack. I am very happy with more Nina though. She's brilliant.
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I really don't think it's fair about the unequal pay on Criminal Minds.
But this continues to happen in most countries around the world.
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For a television series it's about screen time. An actor who has more screen time per the script, then that actor has to work more...equal pay for less work is just as wrong, and those two ladies have the lowest screen time of the entire cast. Do I hope they get something worked out...of course
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tnt isn't really known for great shows IMO. I watch rizzoli & isles and perception but think both of them are sub-par for the most part. while cable I think would be the place for post-apocalypse to work, TNT just isn't included in that thought.

pirate shows sound cool. I enjoyed that british one with eddie izzard and it really wasn't the greatest production. something about crime on the high seas, grog, treasure, beautiful daylight shooting...pirate shows sound great.

nina & martha are lights in an otherwise shit-brown crapfest.
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So pirates are the new vampires?
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Looks like TNT is going the way of Last Resort. How does TNT stand with cancelling shows? Are they as quick as ABC or better?
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Criminal Minds without Garcia and JJ? Might as well bring back the spin off with Forest Whitaker. I don't mind Thomas Gibson leaves considering his DUI problems. I don't mind if CM ends this season, they are running out of ideas. The BAU stalker arc really didn't work so well.
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The last Ship sounds prophetic. If Braugher and company couldn't keep Last Resort afloat, you Dane and his crew can? The producers are the brave ones here.

How does an ABC Studios show end up on CBS? That's a great idea, isn't it? ABC executive: "Let's produce a show for our competitors. We may lose viewers at that time to them, and end up canceling our show to the dismay of fans, but who cares, we'll make money anyway!". Does CBS Studios do the same? I never noticed. I know FOX has 20th Century Fox, or whatever it is now, but network studios making shows for opposing networks seems wrong somehow.
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You wouldn't believe the amount of links between the networks. They're not that competitive.
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I was looking forward to The Last Ship until I saw who was staring. I'll check it out to see how realistic they get living on a Destroyer is but my anticipation just took a nose dive.
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"Vangsness and Cook have declined theirs, opting to stand together to bring attention to the fact that the female actors on the show are, in some cases, getting paid less than half of what their male counterparts are making." WHAT THE F?
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Hoping Hannibal will get a nice viewer bump from The Office finale. I am really, really digging that show and want people to watch so it sticks around!
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Sounds a LOT like Last Resort....

I MISS THAT SHOW :'(
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God help us, Michael Bay's going to tv with more action stuff with no discernable plot.. that being said I'll probably watch it. same for Black Sails, which is jsut Starz trying to add more gratuitous sex to their network and figured "hey, pirates liked to rape and pilage!"

The IT Crowd has been going to do a special for like 2 years now, wonder when it'll actually happen.
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The news about The IT Crowd makes me happy inside!
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Season 1? Of The Americans?
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The Americans is as TV series set in the 1980's and follows a pair of Russian spies masquerading as American citizens. A season is the term used to describe the episode collection from start to finish.
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I think he knows what the Americans is and also what a season is1 He was just commenting on the fact that it should say we spent all season 1, not season 2.
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Yay IT Crowd!!!
Maybe the US version should have tried turning it off and on again....
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AJ and kirsten deserve to be paid the same amount as the guys. Glad they're standing up for what's right,
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I get the feeling from the article that those are getting paid roughly the same as the men but that other women are not doing as well, so the pair are backing the sisterhood.
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Criminal minds has declined steadily and I hope they don't renew it. My wife still likes it and I'd really rather stop watching...
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I can't believe you didn't end the Black Sails news with "this be the one for you, arghhh..."
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