TNT made several key series announcements during its presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Turner-owned network greenlit a limited-run series “The Race Card” from Charles Barkley, ordered Rod Lurie’s “Monster of God” pilot, as well as renewed “The Last Ship” for a fourth season.

In “The Race Card,” a limited-run series, Barkley plans to take on today’s hot-button topics by seeking out the sharpest and most varied viewpoints from cultural leaders and tastemakers.

“We as Americans never discuss the issue of race in this country and how it impacts everything in our lives until something bad happens,” Barkley said. “I see this project as a way to talk about race, class and cultural differences and challenge everyone’s status quo.”

TNT has ordered six hour-long episodes of a planned early 2017 launch.

“Monsters of God” is a post-Civil War drama from Rod Lurie (“The Contender”). In the series, savagery and violence are the cornerstones of Colonel “Terrible” Bill Lancaster’s holy war against the Comanche. Despite the peaceful co-existence between the Comanche and local townspeople, Lancaster sets out on a quest to kill off every single member of the tribe. Meanwhile, his wife, Cynthia, will let no one get in the way of her obsessive quest to institute her wildly feminist ideals.

Lurie wrote the script and serves as executive producer and director on the pilot. Also serving as executive producer are Marc Frydman, DeDe Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg.

The post-apocalyptic drama “The Last Ship,” which is now airing its third season, will return for a 13-episode fourth run next summer. Based on William Brinkley’s novel, “The Last Ship” — which stars Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin and Bridget Regan — chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population.

“The Last Ship” has been reaching an average of 7.6 million viewers per episode across all platforms in its third season.

“The Last Ship” is a production of Turner’s Studio T in association with Platinum Dunes. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form serve as executive producers. Co-creators and showrunners Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane also serve as executive producers, along with directors Paul Holahan and Michael Katleman.

TNT also announced several upcoming premiere dates: “Good Behavior,” starring Michelle Dockery,” will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 9 p.m., and “The Librarians” will return for its third season on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m.

Posted by:Debra Birnbaum, Variety

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