'Falling Skies' Renewed by TNT for Third Season

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July 11th, 2012

via press release:

TNT Orders Third Season of Epic Drama Falling Skies

Series from DreamWorks Television and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg
Ranks as Basic Cable's Top Summer Drama with Adults 18-49

 TNT has ordered a third season of its epic original series Falling Skies, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. The critically acclaimed drama starring Noah Wyle finished its first season last year as bas ic cable's top new series of 2011. Currently averaging 5.9 million viewers, the series ranks as basic cable's #1 summer drama with adults 18-49. TNT has ordered 10 episodes Falling Skies' third season, slated to air in 2013.

"Falling Skies is television storytelling at its very best, a powerful drama that's told on both an epic scale and on a deeply personal level," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "With all the memorable and surprising moments taking place during the second season of Falling Skies, we can't wait to see what DreamWorks Television and Falling Skies' terrific production team and cast members have in store for season three."

Falling Skies, which currently airs on TNT Sundays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), chronicles the devastating aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the months since the initial invasion, the few remaining s urvivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force, whose nature and purpose remains a mystery.

Noah Wyle in Falling SkiesNoah Wyle stars in Falling Skies as Tom Mason, a former college professor and father of three, who has become an unli kely leader for the 2nd Massachusetts civilian resistance group. Moon Bloodgood also stars as Anne Glass, a pediatrician who works with the survivors to help them cope with the traumatic upheaval in their lives. Will Patton plays Weaver, a fierce military leader of the resistance and Tom’s commanding officer. The series also stars Drew Roy as Hal, Tom’s oldest son and a growing fighter in the resistance movement; Connor Jessup as Ben, Tom’s middle son who was rescued from the aliens and now uses his unique abilities to help t he resistance; Maxim Knight as Matt, Tom’s youngest son, who wants to grow up ahead of his time; and Seychelle Gabriel as Lourdes, an orphaned pre-med student who helps Anne in the group’s makeshift medical clinic. Mpho Koaho and Peter Shinkoda play Anthony and Dai, two resistance fighters in the 2nd Mass.; Colin Cunningham is John Pope, the head of a gang of marauders called the Berserkers; and Sarah Carter is Maggie, a wary survivor from Pope’s gang.

Guest-starring this season are Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing), who plays resident engineer and technology expert Jamil Dexter, and Terry O'Quinn (Lost), who will appear in this season's final two episodes as Arthur Manchester, Tom's mentor and former professor.

Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman are also executive producers. The series was created by Robert Rodat.

Following each week's episode of Falling Skies on TNT, fans can head over the Falling Skies website – http://fallingskies.com – for the latest installment of 2nd Watch, a weekly online talk show hosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Leverage). Each episode features discussions on the latest episode and interviews with special guests from the cast and crew, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, fan questions, trivia and more.

TNT's announcement that Falling Skies has been renewed for a third season comes just as the cast prepares to make an appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego. Series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Carter, along with executive producer Remi Aubuchon, will join moderator Wil Wheaton for a panel session on Friday, July 13, at 4:30 p.m. (PT) in room 6BCF at the San Diego Convention Center. An au tograph signing will follow at the Dark Horse Comics booth at 6 p.m. (PT). TNT has partnered with Dark Horse Comics on a number of Falling Skies initiatives, including a prequel comic book that preceded last year's series premiere.

In its debut season last summer, TNT’s Falling Skies topped the charts as basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011. This year, the show is off to a strong start, averaging 5.9 million viewers in Live + 7. It has also scored 2.7 million adults 18-49 (L+7) and ranks as basic cable's #1 drama for the summer-to-date in that ke y demo. The show has brought in 3.1 million adults 25-54, ranking it behind TNT's Dallas as basic cable's #2 summer drama. On the international front, Falling Skies premiered in more than 115 global markets last year, achieving hit status in the United Kingdom, Australia and Latin America, among others. Last year's launch of Falling Skies also ranked as the biggest series premiere ever for TNT networks in Spain, Germany and Austria.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas, Falling Skies, Perception, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Major Crimes and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer's The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

  • Observer

    Happy for those who watch it.

  • Ricky

    YYYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Falling Skies ain’t going anywhere, haters!

    And thank God it’s just 10 eps, ‘cos I would hate to see this show suffer from the same horrifically slow pacing as The Walking Dead (which is otherwise an awesome show).

  • Mike

    5 extra episode come on why not

  • Pamela


  • sc04

    Wouldve liked to see a 13 episode order but heck you can’t complain! And the quality of season 2 is so far light years ahead of season 1.

  • USAmerica1st

    Great news! Let’s see where they take us.

  • Abed

    Yes yes yes!

  • Tom

    Take that Skidders!!!

  • Dan C.

    Well, I underestimated it. Well done for TNT and Dreamworks. I thought with the dwindling ratings and increase in visual effects budget that the show would have been doomed. I guess I looked too much at economics.

    And no, I am not a hater. I was just a scared fan.

    Also, speaking of TNT, I hope they renew Franklin & Bash. Definitely a fun show to watch.

  • layla

    yesss!!! been waiting for this renewal news since 2nd season premiered

  • Crazy Eye Broyles (AJ)

    Another bitter pill for the haters to swallow. More Fringe AND more FS next season. Can’t wait!

  • Eric_Philly

    Here’s hoping it’s back before next summer…

  • Crazy Eye Broyles (AJ)

    @Dan C.

    The increased visual effects budget? What are you talking about? The showrunner was on Second Watch and talked about the fact that they had a lot more freedom with effects this season since costs were lower due to many of the visual effects they had in the can from last season. It’s not like they throw it all away and start over from scratch lol.

  • Crazy Eye Broyles (AJ)

    It won’t be back before next summer. Both seasons have started within 2 calendar days of one another. Count on it returning in July.

  • Amy

    Awesome news! YAY!

    Falling Skies is one of my absolute favorite shows!

  • The Original J

    It’s so dumb that they only order 10 episodes a year. You’d think they would want more of their highest-rated show. Apparently not.

  • scifi

    Next year they will regret about it.

  • dgh

    Fringe, The Walking Dead, Person of Intrest, and Falling Skies what more could you ask for?

  • Person of Interest

    Falling Skies is a good show for the summer but when it comes to fall shows it is nothing near POI, TWD and all the other epic shows.

  • Person of Interest

    the only must see summer show is teen wolf for me and Breaking Bad ofc.

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