Mark Moses, Brian F. O’Byrne and Nick Court will join the upcoming second season of TNT’s The Last Ship in major recurring roles. Season 2 of the drama series, from producer Michael Bay, will air next year. The freshman was part of the killer year for TNT, which successfully launched a slew of new original series: Last Ship was basic cable’s No. 1 new drama this year until Sunday’s series premiere of the network’s The Librarians.
Overall, Last Ship averaged 5.6 million total viewers in its Sunday plays, with 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.7 million 18-49s. Its Season 1 finale drew 4.4 million viewers August 24.
Moses, whose credits include Mad Men, Desperate Housewives and the current season of Showtime’s Homeland, will play a high-ranking U.S. government official trying to protect citizens from the plague. O’Byrne (Mildred Pierce) and Court (300: Rise Of The Empire) are set to play Sean and Ned Ramsey, a pair of British brothers whose plans impact the mission of the USS Nathan James.
Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra star in Last Ship, based on William Brinkley’s novel. It deals with a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy and must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.
The series is from Bay’s Platinum Dunes and its partners, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, who executive produce with creator-showrunners Hank Steinberg, Steven Kane and Jack Bender.