It’s Official. Production On ‘The Last Ship’ On Hold Because Of Eric Dane’s Depression

Production on the TNT series, The Last Ship, recently shut down production as lead actor Eric Dane goes through a rough battle with depression.

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“Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” a rep for Grey’s Anatomy alum tells Us Weekly. “He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning.” The news was reported on Sunday, April 30, by Variety. They confirmed that The Last Ship which ranks as one of the best performing shows on the network, is going on a production hiatus that will last until Memorial Day.

The action-drama series is produced by Michael Bay who brought us the Transformers franchise, Armageddon and Pearl Harbour. The series is also based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley. The story follows a navy destroyer after an epidemic wipes out 80% of the world’s population. The USS Nathan James needs to find a cure to this virus and also save humanity.

The show finished airing its third season last year and now the fourth is expected to debut in the summer. Dane plays Tom Chandler, the captain of the USS Nathan James, and also serves as a producer on the show. Dane also played a journalist Sebastian in Marley and Me and was also in the Shonda Rhimes hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. The actor played Dr Mark Sloan who was more commonly known as ‘McSteamy’ he played the part for six years before departing in 2012.

When he departed he entered rehab in 2011 which was to deal with his addiction to painkillers. Dane is married to actress Rebecca Gayheart since 2004, they have two kids together both healthy little girls, Billie, 7, and Georgia, 5. The last ship will eventually resume production of its fourth and fifth season, which are filming back to back, as soon as Dane gets out of rehab and feels at least a little better. Dane says he’s excited to return to the show as soon as his mental health is better.