Forget 'Dallas' — TV network plans Navy-themed drama 'Norfolk'


An early contender for the opening shot of the upcoming Navy-themed TV drama “Norfolk.” (Navy photo by MC2 Ernesto Hernandez Fonte)

With the ABC drama “Last Resort” on life support, it appeared fans of Navy-themed television shows were stuck with Agent Gibbs and the folks at “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: SVU,” “NCIS: 90210,” and so on.

But fear not — the young-adult-oriented CW network is saving the day.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network and the production group behind “NCIS” will partner to create a new Navy drama, dubbed “Norfolk.” The report says the show “revolves around the lives and loves of the young people at the Norfolk Naval Station.”

Think of it as “Melrose Place,” only with more aquaflage.

There are some Navy (entertainment) veterans on board, according to THR — Taylor Hackford, an executive producer with the project, directed 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman,” starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger. He’s set to direct the show should it reach the pilot stage.

THR had no details on casting or script development. That’s where you come in.

Who do you want to star in this prime-time Navy soap? Who in young Hollywood would look the best in service dress khaki dress blues? What are the “lives and loves” of a typical Norfolk sailor? Will the episode before the advancement lists get released be a two-part cliffhanger? Will this Hollywood portrayal of the Navy be accurate, or super-accurate?

Let us know what you think.


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