TNT To Serve As The New Home Of TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES
By Merrill Barr on January 23, 2014
A couple years back, the Luc Besson produced and Jason Statham starring film The Transporter was adapted into a weekly television series starring Chris Vance. The series was a co-production across multiple territories including Canada, France and The U.S.. Cinemax, the current home of series including Strike Back and Banshee, was set to air the series stateside, but following multiple production delays due to a showrunner change and an injury sustained by Vance, the network opted to pass on the series.
Despite the setback, producers decided to push forward with a second season following a solid reception from other international territories, with production set to begin February 26th. Thanks to that decision, the U.S. market once again opened up for the series, which brings us to TNT picking up Transporter: The Series for broadcast in the fall of 2014.
The drama network has been on a roll of high-profile series in the last year, with orders for the Michael Bay produced The Last Ship and Sean Bean-starring Legends, in addition to already seeing ratings success with the Steven Spielberg alien drama, Falling Skies. It makes sense TNT would want to continue down the path of notability with an acquisition that’s been garnering many headlines in the last 12 months.
According to TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright from a press release on the acquisition, “The Transporter franchise is a proven winner embraced by movie and television viewers around the globe, and we’re proud that TNT will become the television home for fans in the United States. Transporter: The Series is a perfect addition to TNT’s lineup, as we continue to expand our reach with such action-packed dramas as our upcoming Legends and The Last Ship.”
The exact series premiere date of Transporter: The Series on TNT currently remains unknown.