In what has become a bit of a tradition for TNT in recent years, the cable network has opted to grant the Steven Spielberg produced alien invasion drama 'Falling Skies' an early renewal. The series is just now reaching the mid-point of its third season; the fifth of ten episodes having aired this past Sunday.
'Falling Skies' is the #1 scripted cable offering of the summer, averaging 5.8 million viewers in the Live +7 ratings data. This actually slightly outstrips season two, which averaged 5.6 million pairs of eyes.
TNT has (unsurprisingly) elected to continue the established pattern of ordering a ten episode season, set to premiere in the summer of 2014. The debut will likely happen in June, if past is prologue.
'Falling Skies' originally debuted in 2011, and quickly established itself as one of the go-to ratings performers of the summer cable season. The series stars 'E.R's Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a former history professor turned unlikely leader of the '2nd Mass' survivors colony following an alien invasion of apocalyptic proportions.
'Skies' large ensemble cast also includes the great Will Patton as retired Army Capt. Dan Weaver, who initially butts heads with Mason, but ultimately forges a close friendship with him. Moon Bloodgood also appears as Dr. Anne Glass, a pediatrician by trade who quickly becomes the lead physician of the entire group, and eventually love interest to Tom. Recurring guest stars include Terry O'Quinn, Matt Frewer, Doug Jones, Stephen Collins, Steven Weber, and Robert Sean Leonard.
I won't spoil anything for those readers not yet caught up, but season three has been an absolute blast so far, even as the storylines seem to get more and more "out there". The casting has been great all around, and the writing remains superb, if sentimental. Then again, this is Steven Spielberg we're talking about.
Are you happy to be getting more 'Falling Skies'?