Rest assured, Falling Skies fans, the members of the 2nd Mass will still be fighting the alien menace that nearly wiped out the human race even after season 2 comes to a close. In somewhat expected news, TNT has announced they have renewed the sci-fi drama from Dreamworks Television for a third season to air sometime next summer.

Falling Skies has had an impressive go since the second season premiere a few weeks back, becoming the number one drama on cable television by pulling in an average of 5.9 million viewers an episode – and the season is only half over at this point. The ratings for season 2 have been as good, if not better than those of season 1, and those numbers likely figured heavily into the decision to produce more episodes of a program requiring a fairly hefty budget – believed to be around the $3 million per episode range.

As far as casting is concerned, fans will have to wait until the second season finale to find out which characters will survive and move on to the next 10-episode arc. Those hanging with us for the season 2 recaps will be pleased to know that Lost alum and future resident of 666 Park Avenue, Terry O’Quinn, will be making an appearance later on as a fellow history professor and former mentor of Tom Mason (Noah Wyle). At present, O’Quinn is slated to appear only in the final two episodes, so whether or not he’ll be a figure in season 3 remains to be seen.

TNT president Michael Wright had this to say about Falling Skies and its renewal:

“‘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. We can’t wait to see what DreamWorks Television and ‘Falling Skies” terrific production team and cast members have in store for season three.”

TNT certainly seems to have found its groove in terms of summer television. Along with Falling Skies working well for the network on Sunday nights, the nation seems ready to welcome the Ewings back with open arms on Wednesdays. The successful return of Dallas has also earned impressive ratings, in addition to a second season renewal.

Fans looking for more Falling Skies information can either attend the Comic-Con panel featuring showrunner Remi Aubuchon and stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood (Anne Glass), Will Patton (Captain Weaver), Drew Roy (Hal Mason), Sarah Carter (Margaret), Connor Jessup (Ben Mason) and Colin Cunningham (John Pope) – which will be moderated by nerd king Wil Wheaton.

If you won’t be at Comic-Con, you can follow Screen Rant for complete coverage of all the announcements made in relation to your favorite shows and upcoming films.

Falling Skies season 3 is expected to air on TNT in 2013.

Source: Deadline