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Six Navy-themed TV shows coming in 2013

Jan. 5, 2013 - 10:12AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 5, 2013 - 10:12AM  |  
Six TV shows depicting Navy life on land and on the sea are in the works for 2013.
Six TV shows depicting Navy life on land and on the sea are in the works for 2013. (John Bretschneider / Staff)
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From "Battleship" to "Zero Dark Thirty," the Navy has had a run of starring roles at the octoplex. But in 2013, Navy entertainment options skew toward the home viewer, with at least a half-dozen fleet-related series in development.

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In development for the youth-skewing CW network, "Norfolk" will take a dramatic approach to the life of young sailors on the big East Coast base. Academy Award-nominated director Taylor Hackford ("Ray") is part of the production team and attached to direct the pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Not up for young-adult drama? How about Armageddon?

"The Last Ship," based on the novel by William Brinkley, features crew members of a destroyer who survive a nuclear holocaust. Parts of the pilot have already been filmed aboard the destroyer Halsey, and Michael Bay ("Transformers," "Pearl Harbor") is helming the series for TNT.

Fox reportedly has two separate carrier-themed shows in development, including "The Bridge," produced by the minds behind the FX drama "Justified." Deadline.com reports another untitled show set on a carrier will focus on the ship's youngest sailors, as well as a fighter pilot-slash-detective attempting to solve an on-ship murder.

Not even the Navy can escape Hollywood's tendency to remake what works. "Act of Valor" hit theaters in February starring real Navy SEALs, and it could be on your TV screen soon.

The Bandito Brothers, who produced the movie, have teamed with Relativity Media to pitch a TV adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Navy involvement in a new project appears unlikely: Bob Anderson, director of Navy Office of Information-West, which works with Hollywood productions, said he hasn't been in contact with the "Act of Valor" producers since the movie came out.

Dan Conley served as an individual augmentee with an Army unit for a year in Afghanistan, then returned to the war zone as a contractor. During his return engagement, the construction mechanic second class — he's still a reservist — was watching an episode of the iconic TV series "MASH" with fellow contractor and longtime friend Aaron Hendricks. As they watched the comedic spin on war-zone life from a previous generation, "the light bulb went off," Conley said.

The pair put together a script — Conley, 26, called it " ‘MASH' meets ‘The Office,' with a little bit of ‘Scrubs' " — and took their idea to screenwriter and college professor Martie Cook, who helped develop it over Skype while they finished their war-zone duties.

The team pitched the comedy to Warner Brothers, which steered them to super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who's now attached to the project. Creators are planning on producing a pilot for NBC early in 2013; the show could end up on your screen this fall, Cook said, if the network picks it up.

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