May 21 2015

Interviews: TNT’s The Last Ship Cast Members, Creators, and EPs Talk Season 2


The Last Ship S2 Key ArtInterviews: TNT’s The Last Ship at Wonder Con 2015

Interviews with: Co-Creator/Executive Producer Hank Steinberg; Co-Creator/Executive Producer Steven Kane, and Executive Producer Jack Bender; actors Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, Rhona Mitra, John Pyper Ferguson, Jocko Sims, Christina Elmore, and Travis Van Winkle

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015


One of last summer’s newest shows, The Last Ship, quickly became one of my favorites. I tuned in each Sunday night eagerly anticipating what the crew of the USS Nathan James would find in the next leg of their perilous journey. If you are unfamiliar with the series, here’s a quick recap: the world has been, and continues to be, ravaged by a deadly plague, wiping out billions of people. The USS Nathan James is a naval battleship tasked with escorting two CDC doctors to the arctic for a secret mission. The crew of the Nathan James remains unaware of the real mission until it’s time to head home, but will there be anything left to return home to? The proverbial cat jumps out of the bag when Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) informs Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Danes) about the dire situation. As season one progressed, Dr. Scott continued to search for a cure with the primordial strain she found in the Arctic, but the Nathan James isn’t the only ship sailing the ocean blue. Other countries have set out to find Dr. Scott and what may possibly be the cure to this deadly plague. In the season one finale, the Nathan James finally makes it to Baltimore but what awaits them isn’t the home coming they’d hoped for. With a new regime in command and the ship under attack, season two can’t come soon enough.

In talking with the cast and creators/producers, the conversations were interesting, especially the interview with Rhona Mitra and John Pyper-Ferguson. Their characters are in a bit of a love conundrum and when the subject of their relationship popped up, I laughed out loud at what Mitra does. She says, “triplets!” You’ll have to watch the video for the full effect.

And a little more love was spread around as Jocko Sims, who plays Lt. Carlton Burke, and Travis Van Winkle, who plays Lt. Danny Green, flanked the unsuspecting Christina Elmore, who plays Lt. Alisha Granderson, at our table. The two hunky men each gave her a kiss on the cheek, which segued into a conversation about the show and repopulating Earth’s decimated population. Let’s just say procreation was the order of the day in this press room.

The co-creators and executive producers Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane, along with executive producer Jack Bender, provided intriguing insight into what will transpire in season two. And, as noted in the video interview, there is no time jump – season two picks up where season one left off.

Only one month until the season two premiere – don’t miss it!
Video 1 – Co-Creator/EP Hank Steinberg; actors Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, and EP Jack Bender; actors Rhona Mitra and John Pyper-Ferguson


Video 2 – Actors Jocko Sims, Christina Elmore, and Travis Van Winkle; Co-Creator/EP Steven Kane


Tune in to the two-hour season two premiere of The Last Ship Sunday, June 21, 2015 beginning at 9/8c, only on TNT.

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Video/Photos ©2015 Your Entertainment Corner/Judy Manning and Nick Polizzi.

Key Art Photo ©2015 TNT/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.


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Judy Manning

Dream chaser extraordinaire! Judy is a tad sarcastic and kind of goofy! She is an avid admirer of all things supernatural, paranormal, and mystical. She finally came around to zombies, but NO clowns...she loathes clowns. She loves to read, write, and watches way too much TV. She enjoys many genres of film and music of the Trance/Electronica variety (and let's be honest, most music from the 80s). She also has a wicked sweet tooth. Cupcakes beware.

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