TNT has never had as much pickup activity as it has in the past two months with no programming topper. The network just gave a 10-episode series order to action drama Agent X starring Sharon Stone for a premiere in the second half of 2015.
The action-drama co-starring Jeff Hephner and Gerald McRaney was part of TNT’s previous pilot cycle, along with Public Morals, Proof and Guilt By Association. In early May, the network picked up Public Morals and Proof to series, passed on Guilt By Association and left Agent X in consideration with some retooling.
Written by William Blake Herron, Agent X centers on John Case (Hephner), a top secret agent hidden from the view of the public – and even from the President – who is trained and ready to serve, deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President (Stone). McRaney plays Malcolm Millar, the Chief Steward of the Vice President’s mansion and the keeper of its many secrets. “Agent X is a perfect fit for TNT’s expanding lineup of action-dramas,” said Lillah McCarthy, SVP of TNT and TBS Original Productions. “It’s a slick, high-energy thrill-ride with lots of twists and turns, big action sequences and kick-ass stunts.”
Agent X is produced by TNT Originals in association with Beacon Pictures, with Armyan Bernstein, Stone and Blake serving as executive producers. Peter O’Fallon directed the pilot, the 13th of 15 pilots he has directed to go to series.
Since Wright left at the end of August, TNT has given pilot orders to dramas Lumen, Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay’s cocaine project and the DC-themed Titans and Breed. Like Agent X, three of the four, Lumen, Titans and Breed, are likely eyed for the network’s action/genre Sunday night.
Wright and his former boss Steve Koonin’s posts at Turner are still vacant, with former Fox chairman Kevin Reilly recently restarting talks for the job.