Grey's Anatomy's loss has turned out to be TNT's gain. Eric Dane, whose last Grey's Anatomy episode aired last week, has signed on to star in the cable network's new pilot The Last Ship for executive producer Michael Bay.

The actor will portray Captain Tom Chandler, the leader of a U.S. Navy destroyer. The captain and his crew must face a new world where they are among a handful of survivors after a global catastrophe wiped out most of Earth's population. He joins a cast that already includes Michaela McManus, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Christina Elmore and Sam Spruell.

Without a Trace creator Hank Steinberg wrote the pilot script with Steven Kane, based on the novel by William Brinkley. Jonathan Mostow is directing the first episode. No production schedule was released for the pilot.