Norfolk TV show moving forward, with a new name

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Norfolk scene

Sure, Norfolk is a “Company Town,” but it’s not your typical company … (Navy photo by MC3 Kevin J. Steinberg/Navy)

With “Last Resort” sailing toward its “kick-ass ending,” fans of Navy-centric television that doesn’t include the initials “NCIS” are out of luck for a few months.

But as we reported earlier this month, there are a half-dozen shows with Navy ties in the Hollywood development pipeline, ranging from dramas set on aircraft carriers to updates of Cold War-era apocalypse novels.

One of those new shows, a pilot headed to the CW network about young sailors’ lives and loves on a large East Coast naval base, was supposed to be titled “Norfolk.” Here’s a summary, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:

A scandal at a Naval base in Virginia touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area, launching the drama into a multigenerational, multiclass, family and relationship series centered around two early twentysomething women who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the townie/military divide.

That’s about seven layers of conflict crammed into one sentence. But the brains behind the program have the pedigree to pull it off — writer/executive producer Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”) and executive producer/director Taylor Hackford (Oscar-nominated for “Ray”).

The show has now gone to pilot — Hollywood code for, “Let’s make an episode and see what happens” — according to multiple reports. And it’s gone there with a new name: “Company Town.”

Don’t look for it on a TV near you until the fall, at the earliest. Until then, save those DVR’d “Last Resort” episodes.

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