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TNT renews 'The Last Ship' for Season 2, 'Falling Skies' and 'Major Crimes'

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TNT announced Friday (July 18) that it has renewed freshman drama "The Last Ship" for Season 2, "Major Crimes" for Season 4 and "Falling Skies" for a fifth and final season, Variety reports.

"Last Ship" has been picked up for a 13-episode second season, up from 10 for its inaugural season, which has averaged 7.2 million total weekly viewers across multiple platforms and ranks as basic cable’s highest-rated scripted series this summer with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 as well as the most-watched new series of the year among total viewers and adults 25-54. The series, starring Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra, revolves around a Navy destroyer that avoids an apocalyptic event that wipes out most of the Earth’s population.

"Major Crimes," a spinoff of "The Closer," will return for a 15-episode fourth season after continuing to hold up well in the ratings, while the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series "Falling Skies" will conclude with a 10-episode final season in 2015.

All three dramas are among the most-watched scripted series in viewers and adults 25-54 on basic cable this summer and have helped make TNT the top-rated basic cable network so far in summer 2014 in both viewers and among the key demo.

“TNT’s refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas,” TNT programming chief Michael Wright said in a statement announcing the renewals. "'The Last Ship' has become this summer's top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. 'Major Crimes' continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And 'Falling Skies' has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year's climactic final season."

According to Deadline, a renewal of the cable network's top drama "Rizzoli & Isles" is also expected soon, while no decision has been made yet on TNT's other new series "Murder in the First," which has drawn only modest ratings compared to Michael Bay's "Last Ship."

TNT's next new series, "Legends," premieres Aug. 13, along with the return of "Franklin & Bash." "Dallas" comes back for a new season on Aug. 18.