ABC, Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Last Resort, the new show from The Shield's Shawn Ryan, goes for the sort of big-budget huge-cast tropical-location gusto you thought the networks were too chicken to attempt any more. When the crew of the USS Colorado receives a suspicious order to launch a nuclear attack on Pakistan, the captain (Andre Braugher from Homicide: Life on the Street) has a hunch he's getting suckered into starting World War III. The White House strips him of command, the sub gets attacked, and the crew winds up taking over a NATO base and declaring itself an independent nation – complete with nukes. All of the acting is strong, and Braugher is superb as the troubled chief. But it's the wide-screen ambition of Last Resort that makes you hungry to know what happens next.