Navy-on-TV update: Female lead cast for Norfolk drama, Fox goes into the "Blue"


Gage Golightly reportedly will star in the young-adult Navy drama “Company Town,” which could find a home on The CW Network’s fall schedule. (Getty Images Entertainment photo by Frazer Harrison)

If you’ve finally watched every “Last Resort” episode on your DVR and are going through Navy-themed TV withdrawal, cheer up — one aquaflage-filled drama just cast its female lead, while another has advanced to the production stage.

Per the plugged-in folks at Deadline, Gage Golightly (who recently appeared in “Teen Wolf” — this one, not that one, and we can all pretend this one never happened) will play the wife of a Navy lieutenant in “Company Town,” a young-adult drama set in Norfolk, Va., against the background of a fictional Navy scandal. Golightly’s relationship with a longtime “townie” friend, and how the scandal changes their lives, will be the centerpiece of the series.

If you prefer your Navy drama to be more of the at-sea variety, you’re in luck … sort of. Per the also-plugged-in folks at The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has greenlit production of “Wild Blue,” a drama set aboard an aircraft carrier.

While the setting would seem to lend itself to a more action-oriented show, THR’s summary of the plot suggests otherwise, calling it an “an upstairs/downstairs look at pressure-cooker lives of Navy service members.” In other words, it’ll have both enlisted- and officer-level story lines, modeled after the classic British drama that looked at the lives of servants and their masters — and spawned this even-more-classic episode of “Monsterpiece Theater.”

The show’s title also evokes images of the wrong service. But titles change — “Company Town” began its life as “Norfolk,” for example.

“Wild Blue” is one of eight scripted dramas picked up by Fox, which won’t have eight open spots in its fall primetime lineup; expect a final decision on this and other Navy-themed shows — including “Company Town” — by May.


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