Rumors have been circling that TNT will be sinking The Last Ship, but like Mark Twain, reports of their death are greatly exaggerated. Or, at least, their imminent death.
The show just wrapped production on their 10-episode fifth season. A year ago, the network renewed the series for a fourth season, and a month later extended it to a fifth. Production on the fifth season was delayed for a while when series star Eric Dane took time off to deal with depression.
Where did these rumors come from? Actor Travis Van Winkle, who plays Danny Green, announced the show was cancelled earlier this week on his Instagram account. He then deleted it.
So what is the fate of the Nathan James and its crew? It's too soon to tell.
TNT told TVLine:
"We shot two seasons simultaneously; the fourth is currently on the air and the fifth will return next summer. We greenlit the fifth with the idea that it could be the final season, however it's far too early to make that determination."
After five seasons, they're likely to have a lot of actors contracts needing to be redone, so seeing the show wrap up after season five makes sense. Whether or not that's the case, though, the network wouldn't want it known the series was going to be coming to an end this early. You may lose viewers who don't want to commit any more time to a show that won't be around much longer. Even if TNT was sure the show was done, I don't think they'd come out and say it — and they definitely wouldn't want the cast talking about it, either.
The Last Ship airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.