That’s the predicament facing Andre Braugher’s Captain Marcus Chaplin in the pilot of new ABC drama “Last Resort.” Talk about starting off with a bang.
Premiering Thursday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., the series follows Chaplin’s crew on the fictional USS Colorado, which turns renegade after Chaplin defies a direct order to launch nuclear missiles towards Pakistan. The order just didn’t sound right, and Chaplin went with his gut feeling rather than kill millions of innocent lives.
When his second in command, played by Scott Speedman, also refuses to nuke Pakistan, their vessel is fired upon without warning and the crew soon realizes that they have been declared enemies of their own country and left for dead. After taking a vicious hit, the sub ends up on the fictional island of Sainte Marina, where Chaplin’s team sets up shop and declares themselves a sovereign nation with nuclear capability – thanks to their sub.
“Last Resort” stars Andre Braugher (Captain Marcus Chaplin) and Scott Speedman (XO Sam Kendal) set up shop on the island of Sainte Marina after their submarine was hit.
The show will revolve around Chaplin and his crew dealing with a drug lord on the island who doesn’t appreciate his new American occupier. We’ll also follow the crew’s season-long attempt to clear its name so they can return home to the U.S.
“Amazing things are going to happen on the island, and we’re going to be fundamentally changed,” Braugher told EURweb about the crew. “But it’s important to establish clearly and credibly who these men are, so that the changes, we can follow them step by step. I think that’s where we build up an affection for the men and women of the Colorado as well as the people on the island, so that when they’re challenged, and ultimately as they transform into something we may or may not recognize, then we understand their story.”
Below, Braugher reveals what types of transformations the viewers can expect. [Scroll down to watch the trailer.]
Today, Deadline.com is reporting that the Sony TV-produced project has received a pilot production commitment from CBS.
Ryan will serve as showrunner on the potential series, a sequel to the three movies that chronicled the exploits of wise-cracking Detroit detective Axel Foley (Murphy) in Los Angeles. The proposed series has a similar fish-out-of-water setup and centers on Axel Foley’s blue-collar police officer son, Aaron, who helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to escape the shadow of his larger-than-life father.
Murphy will reprise his role as Axel in the pilot and may recur if the pilot goes to series. Ryan will write the script and executive produce with his producing partner at MiddKid Prods. Marney Hochman.
As previously reported, Murphy had been trying to get a Beverly Hills Cop series about Axel’s son off the ground for about a year, after plans for a fourth movie were scrapped. He took the premise to his agency WME, which paired him with fellow client Ryan. Because of Ryan’s overall deal at Sony TV, the project was set up there after lengthy and complicated deal-making with Paramount Pictures, which produced the movies and will own a piece of the potential series.
“Beverly Hills Cop,” which was pitched to all four major broadcast networks last week, marks Ryan’s return to CBS, where he executive produced and ran the military drama “The Unit,” starring Dennis Haysbert. Ryan will shepherd the “Beverly Hills Cop” pilot while running the upcoming ABC drama “Last Resort,” starring Andre Braugher.
(L-R) Co-Creator/Executive Producer Karl Gajdusek, Co-Creator/Executive Producer Shawn Ryan, actors Autumn Reeser, Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman and Daisy Betts speak onstage at the “Last Resort” panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*ABC wrapped its TCA presentations on Friday with their new dramas, including “Last Resort” starring Andre Braugher and “666 Park Avenue” featuring Vanessa Williams. The network also trotted Jimmy Kimmel onstage to talk about hosting the upcoming “64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” this fall.
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Andre Braugher speaks onstage at the “Last Resort” panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills
The folks that brought you FX’s “The Shield” are back with ABC’s “Last Resort,” a “Lost” meets “Crimson Tide” thriller that sees Andre Braugher as Marcus Chaplin, the captain of a submarine ordered to fire nuclear missiles at Pakastan. Something, however, doesn’t sound right with the order, and Chaplin refuses to follow it – which results in his submarine being hit by US military. Chaplin and his surviving crew, who take over a nearby island, are subsequently declared enemies of the state. Below, Braugher talks about the dilemma facing his character.
(L-R) Actors Vannessa L. Williams, Terry O’Quinn and Dave Annable speak onstage at the “666 Park Avenue” panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills
There’s some creepy ‘ish going on at The Drake. …ABC’s new drama “666 Park Avenue” doubles as the address of the fictional hotel, where Vanessa Williams’ Olivia Duran and her husband Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) lord over the staff and patrons with secretly-sinister intentions that will be revealed throughout the season. In the meantime, Williams, below, tells us how she sees Olivia Duran.
Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage at the “64th Primetime Emmy Awards” panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills
Jimmy Kimmel will host the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 23, but don’t expect a reunion with his new BFF Oprah Winfrey for any Emmy sketches resembling the bits they created for Kimmel’s post-Oscar special in February.
Robin Roberts, who announced she is planning a medical leave due to her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, arrives at ‘Good Morning America’ on July 26, 2012. The anchor, currently undergoing chemotherapy, wears a matching armband to cover up a pic line in her arm.
As previously reported, Robin Roberts spoke to TCA members last week about the roller coaster ride she endured at “Good Morning America” during one particular week in April – when “GMA” beat longtime champs “Today” in the ratings for the first time in ages, she interviewed President Barack Obama (who would make news about his approval of gay marriage during her Q&A), and she was diagnosed with MDA (myelodysplastic syndrome), a serious blood and bone marrow disease that requires a bone marrow transplant to treat. The 51-year-old anchor, who famously battled and beat breast cancer five years ago, has found a perfect bone marrow match in her sister and has begun chemotherapy in preparation for the transplant in either late Aug. or early Sept. Below, Roberts talks about how she’s feeling, and the craziness of that particular week in April.
Actress Meagan Good attends Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture Vanities 20th Anniversary at Siren Studios on Feb. 20, 2012 in Hollywood
*Meagan Good has landed her first regular gig on the small screen – the lead role in NBC’s drama pilot “Notorious,” reports Deadline.com.
From Universal TV, “Notorious” is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna Locasto (Good) returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in — as the housekeeper’s daughter — to solve the murder of celebutante Vivian Lawson, who was once her closest friend.
Good is currently working a season-long arc on Showtime’s “Californication” and will next be seen on the big screen in the April 20 release “Think Like A Man.”
In addition to “Notorious,” two other hourlong pilots are toplined by African American stars: Fox’s “Guilty,” to star Cuba Gooding Jr., and ABC’s “Last Resort,” led by Andre Braugher. Additionally, Kerry Washington is the star of ABC’s upcoming midseason drama series “Scandal.”