Eric Dane’s TNT series, The Last Ship, put on production hold for his depression

Eric Dane, 44, has been starring on TNT’s post apocalyptic drama, The Last Ship, since 2014. There have been three seasons so far and it’s been renewed up until the fifth season, with this next season to premiere over the summer. Production has been put on hiatus though until Memorial Day thought (it’s May 29th) as Dane is suffering from depression. According to Variety this shouldn’t affect the fourth season at all because it’s already been shot and is in the can. The fifth season was being filmed at the same time. Here’s more, from Variety:

Production on TNT’s “The Last Ship” has been temporarily shut down at the request of star Eric Dane, who suffers from depression, Variety has learned.

The series, which is set to debut its fourth season this summer, is going on a production hiatus through Memorial Day, sources say.

“Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” a rep for Dane tells Variety. “He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning.”

[From Variety]

As Variety points out, Dane went to rehab in 2011 for a painkiller addiction which developed after he suffered from a back injury. I hope he’s still sober and that he’s getting the help he needs to take care of this. Depression can be isolating and devastating and it’s sometimes hard for people to understand. I wonder if Dane will open up about his battle with it, similar to how Jared Padalecki described his struggle after he realized he was suffering. Production on Supernatural was similarly shut down for a week in 2015 so Jared could get treatment. Back then Jared described depression as hitting him “like a sack of bricks” despite all his success at a young age, and told other depression sufferers to “keep fighting” through the tough days and to celebrate the small victories. It helps people to hear that even celebrities we assume are on top of the world suffer from depression too.

Eric has been married to actress Rebecca Gayheart since 2004 and they have two children together, Billie, 7, and Georgia, 5. We heard they were having problems over five years ago, back when he went to rehab and they had a mild scandal, but we haven’t heard much about them since and they seem relatively solid.




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  1. jugil1 says:

    I’m glad they are taking this seriously & he’s getting some help & support.

  2. holly hobby says:

    So sad to hear this. Hope he will get better soon.

  3. Embee says:

    I wish him a speedy recovery, and appreciate that his employers are treating his condition with respect and support. I hope that our culture can learn to understand depression and anxiety and treat it appropriately.

    God knows when I was at the bottom i, my daughter, and my work would have benefited from giving me a couple of weeks to straighten out.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. We have a family friend who took a leave from work for depression and my mom said something like “Wow, I always thought he had it together.” She’d never say anything like that about someone with cancer or acute diabetes or anything but a brain disorder. I really wish people would accept the simple fact that the brain is a biological organ, susceptible to going haywire, just like every other one in our bodies! Sigh.

      • Embee says:

        It’s amazing isn’t it? We still associate brain disorders with morality or willpower/fortitude. I hope we are getting there. The technology is amazing. I learned recently they are almost able to track emotions through the body as energy pathways.
        I think we also need to do a seriously better job of respecting what impact hormones can and do have on a person, and helping a person reach equilibrium hormonally.

  4. Talie says:

    Is is true he comes from a very wealthy family?

  5. Aims says:

    My heart goes out to anyone who is struggling with depression . It’s insidious and if you don’t seek treatment it can be devastating . Not only to the person , but to loved ones.

    • Lou says:

      Yeah, not seeking help can worsen it so much. I ignored mine for years because I couldn’t afford help. Now I have healthcare coverage I was able to afford a psychiatrist, and I’m slowly climbing out of the hole. It meant that my depression was quite severe by the time I sought help. It’s amazing what a toll it takes on your energy and passion for life.

      But yeah, people do judge in a way that they don’t for physical illnesses, so people feel like they have to hide it.

  6. Jess says:

    I randomly looked at his Instagram a few months ago after watching an old episode of Grey’s and the way he talks about his wife and family is just heartwarming. It’s not overly cheesy and comes off genuine. I hope he gets the help he needs, I know it’s not easy to admit when there’s a problem.

  7. AmyB says:

    Eric Dane will forever be McSteamy to me from Grey’s……and so hot! I wish him all the best! Depression is a serious illness and I commend him for getting the help he needs.

  8. Jess says:

    Edit-well I just looked through the old links and somehow I missed their sex tape and drug history, jeez lol. Hopefully they’ve cleaned up, either way he still seems to love his family!

    • Lafawnda says:

      Their drug abuse was bad! I remember when they made a home video with that escort, Kari Ann Peniche. Kari Ann was on Celebrity Rehab for smoking meth. They paid her for a threesome and he took video of his wife and Kari smoking meth in a bathtub. Didn’t his wife kill a child when she hit it with her car and got a DUI too?

      • Nicole says:

        Yep she killed a kid and got off very easy. Awful.
        I hope he gets the help he needs but eh i don’t love his wife and they certainly arent scandal free

      • Jess says:

        Oh that’s right, I think the other lanes were stopped to let the boy cross but she was on her phone and didn’t realize why they were stopped. I think she did pay the family but didn’t do jail time. Hopefully she felt terrible about it, surely she did or still does, maybe that’s partially why she struggled with drugs?

    • susanne says:

      I think this may be more addiction than depression, although the two go hand in hand most often. I wish more celebrities would open up about struggles with addiction. The stigma is still so huge and demonizing. Same with mental illness to a lesser degree. They do not strike me as a healthy couple, but I wish them well…

      • HappyMom says:

        Yes-Whenever I see pics of them I think they look out of it. But I hope for their sakes, and their kids sakes, they’re all healthy..

  9. minx says:

    Loved him as McSteamy, hope the best for him.

  10. Lucy2 says:

    I give credit to the show for treating this properly and seriously. Best wishes for his recovery.

  11. sunshine gold says:

    It sounds like there might be something else at play here.