TNT announced it was suspending production of its hit summer series “The Last Ship” through Memorial Day. It was the reason that concerned and surprised everyone. Variety first reported the news Sunday April 30, that the production is “…temporarily shut down at the request of star Eric Dane, who suffers from depression.”
According to a rep for the actor, it was he who asked for the break to attend to his condition. Variety was told, “He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning.”
TVRuckus reached out to media reps for TNT for comment regarding the impact if any on “The Last Ship” season four premiere date. In its three-year run, the series has aired from June through September.
Soon after season three ended, TNT announced in quick succession that the show was renewed for both a fourth and a fifth season, which we learned was being filmed back-to-back. As fans of the series know, the scale of production is large, making it unique outside of premium cable channels and streaming services like Netflix. The series was a bona fide hit from its first season. In 2016, season three reached an average of 7.1 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms and ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 10 summer dramas with adults 18-49.
Fans of the show were counting down until this season’s premiere date, anxiously waiting to learn the fate of Dane’s character, Tom Chandler. In the season three finale he settled all scores against his enemies and those who sought to take over the country.
He took off his uniform, saluted his crew and asked Commander Mike Flattery, “Permission to go ashore for the last time?” Off into the sunset he walked, with his Nathan James “Spear of the Navy” cap on his head, leaving open questions about how he will recover from discovering he’s human.
Here’s hoping for Dane’s recovery and return, but until then, he should know that the many fans of “The Last Ship” are pulling for him.
Image credit: Turner Broadcasting, Eric Dane as Tom Chandler in “The Last Ship”, used with permission