‘The Shield’ Creator Finds ‘The Last Resort’ At ABC

Shawn Ryan signs a new pilot deal for a near future drama.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Just weeks after signing a pilot deal with CBS, Shawn Ryan has already found a home for a second potential TV series.

Deadline is reporting that ABC has signed Ryan and screenwriter Karl Gajdusek to create "The Last Resort," a one hour drama/thriller that takes place in the near future. The premise for the series revolves around the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who refuse orders to fire their payload and find themselves hunted until they retreat to a NATO outpost and declare themselves to be the world's smallest nuclear nation.

According to Ryan, "The Last Resort" will "[allow] us to examine what is going on in this country in micro form" by exploring the new society created by the crew, the natives they meet and the ideological divides that develop among the crew.
Gajdusek is a feature film writer who is primarily known for his stint on "Dead Like Me." However, Ryan has extensive TV experience with the critically acclaimed (and canceled too early) "Terriers" and "The Chicago Code," as well as "Nash Bridges," "Lie To Me" and "Angel." But Ryan's most prominent work remains "The Shield," a gritty cop series that put FX on the map.

Ryan is one of the most sought after producers in television and this project will be produced under his deal with Sony TV. Earlier this month, Ryan and Simon Mirren ("Criminal Minds") brought an untitled crime drama to CBS, where it quickly earned a pilot commitment. That series will reportedly follow a genetic scientist who discovers that he as "the psychopath gene" that allows him to aid the FBI in their search for serial killers. It is inspired by the life of UC Irvine Professor James Fallon, a neuroscientist who made significant discoveries while researching schizophrenia and other brain disorders.

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