In what has quickly become the norm for basic cable's original productions, TNT has elected to pick up a third round of Falling Skies, just a few short weeks into season two of the post apocalyptic sci-fi/drama.
It's true that the numbers have taken a small dip this year, at least when compared to the downright great (for TNT) ratings the show garnered for its premiere season, but TNT is still more than satisfied with the current performance of the Steven Spielberg produced series.
One big factor in the decision to renew Falling Skies is that the series is a massive hit overseas, doing quite well in over 100 different markets. This in turn brings in big dollars for both TNT and production company Dreamworks Television, who license the show to other countries' TV providers. The better the show does over there, the more money TNT and Dreamworks can demand to supply them with new episodes.
As is the standard for TNT originals, the new season order is for a (woefully short) ten episodes. Now granted, this is just my opinion, but I find these ten episode seasons to be way too limiting. Especially with a show like Falling Skies, which doesn't tend to kick into high gear with the season's main storylines until the fourth or fifth episode. As much as I do dig the show, I'd say the cable standard of thirteen to sixteen episodes would lead to much more satisfying and detailed arcs. Again though, this is just a suggestion to improve an already really good show. I'll now get down off of my soapbox.
Do you enlist in the 2nd Mass every Sunday night? Or does Falling Skies fail to abduct your time?