Deadline is exclusively reporting that former 'Battlestar Galactica' executive producer David Eick is joining TNT's sci-fi series 'Falling Skies' as new showrunner and executive producer.
Remi Aubuchon, who served as showrunner on 'Falling Skies' for the first two seasons, is departing the project. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg (yes, that Steven Spielberg), 'Falling Skies' began six months after the planet had been devestated by an alien invasion. Starring Noah Wyle ('ER') as Tom Mason, 'Falling Skies' follows a group of humans determined to fight back against the alien invaders, forming a resistance movement.
On June 9, 'Falling Skies' returns with a third season on TNT. Although Aubuchon already saw to the production of much of the upcoming season, bringing in a talent like Eick is still a necessity as it seems all but certain that 'Falling Skies' will be renewed for a fourth season after this one. The show is TNT’s #1 scripted series in the younger demographics.
Eick is expected to work closely with the writing team, getting a head start on the fourth season. Given the immense set construction and post-production effects necessary for such a sprawling epic science fiction series, 'Falling Skies' writers often work well in advance of shooting schedules in order to give various people the time needed to bring their scripts to life on screen.
Beyond 'Battlestar Galactica,' Eick also produced 'Caprica' and the recently cancelled series 'Touch.'