The Last Ship Exclusive: Lost's Titus Welliver Snags Pivotal Season-Ending Guest Role

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Titus Welliver-the-last-shipAdd another role to Titus Welliver‘s already jam-packed IMDb page.

The ubiquitous actor (who’s recurred on everything from Lost to White Collar to Sons of Anarchy to The Good Wife) will guest star on TNT’s upcoming action-adventure series The Last Ship, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Welliver had initially been cast in the show’s pilot as Mike Slattery, second in command on the titular vessel, but was replaced last fall by Chuck‘s Adam Baldwin when he had to exit due to a family emergency. The network had said at the time that they hoped to find a new role for Welliver if/when the project was ordered to series.

The Last Ship, based on the William Brinkley novel and executive-produced by Michael Bay (director of big-screen blockbusters like Transformers and Pearl Harbor), opens with a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. The inhabitants of Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James survive the tragedy, however, leaving its crew and captain (Grey’s Anatomy‘s Eric Dane) to “confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.”

Little is known about Welliver’s new character, but he’ll turn up in the final two episodes of Season 1 “in a strong role influencing the future of those survivors.”

The Last Ship is set to premiere in Summer 2014.

Welliver’s Amazon pilot Bosch, based on the Michael Connelly novels about a Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective, began streaming for free last week on the streaming video service, and may be ordered to series based on viewer feedback.

Comments (17)

  • Lemme guess- the survivors reach a mysterious island?

    Comment by Alice – February 11, 2014 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pear Harbor?

    Comment by Ed – February 11, 2014 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m sure you got the “core” of what I was getting at. (Sorry!)

      Comment by Michael Slezak – February 11, 2014 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds like On the Beach.

    Comment by Sheldon W. – February 11, 2014 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s the first thing that popped in my mind too.

      Comment by side3 – February 11, 2014 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The story does seem a bit sketchy but I will definitely check it out because of Adam Baldwin and Rhona Mitra. I’ve loved Adam since Firefly and Rhona was really great in Strike Back.

    Comment by April – February 11, 2014 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I saw Bosch this weekend and it was pretty good. It was unfortunately saddled with several cop show cliches but the overall story and the outstanding cast made up for it. I think it has a good chance of getting picked up.

    Comment by Dav – February 11, 2014 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Had hope until “executive-produced by Michael Bay”. NOPE.

    Comment by E. – February 11, 2014 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds a lot like that show last season with Andre Braugher that was actually good but confusing to watch and then got cancelled. It sounds like something I would like if it isn’t TOO sci-fi…………I can’t understand sci-fi. :)

    Comment by amorelle hill – February 11, 2014 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FYI – decimate literally means to reduce by 10%. If the people on the ship are among the last survivors, then the population is not “nearly decimate(d)”, but nearly wiped out.

    Comment by Sandie – February 11, 2014 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Did you not get enough fiber today?

      Comment by Chuck – February 11, 2014 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If you are currently living in the times of the Romans then, yes, decimate literally means punishing/killing one out of every ten. However, the modern day definition also means: “kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of”. Stop trying to nitpick, and be pedantic, just to make yourself seem clever, frankly it’s just not worth it….

      Comment by JoeTV – February 11, 2014 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You must be a real bore at a party.

      Comment by Elliot – February 12, 2014 06:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In fact, “to kill or destroy a large percentage of” is the first listed definition in some dictionaries. So, yes, technically you’re correct – that’s the etymology – but it’s no longer the only definition. And as for the rude comments calling this out – what’s the matter with you all? Not enough fiber? Too much time on your hands? (Doesn’t feel so good, does it?) Peace.

      Comment by Annie – February 19, 2014 06:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SIgh……..I cannot wait for this. I’ve had to go without Adam Baldwin my TV since “Chuck” ended and that is just not working for me. Also, I’m confused, is this show going to be a mini-series or a regular episodic show? Will it go multiple seasons or just the initial 8 or whatever episodes and then be done?

    Also looking forward to seeing Eric Dane. But what initially drew me to this show (and had me read the book,) was Adam. He drew the viewers to “Chuck” and will bring the same to this show. He’d better be featured heavily or I’m going to be pissed.

    Comment by Ali – February 11, 2014 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What happens if his Amazon pilot makes it to series?

    Comment by DavidSask – February 11, 2014 06:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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