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.
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.
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