If you battled inclement weather or in-laws to get to the theater this weekend, you may have seen the trailer for Falling Skies, a new science fiction drama from TNT. The trailer has now been posted online, and it gives us a good look at the direction the show will take when it lands on the small screen in June.
Falling Skies is the latest original project from TNT, who’s had great success with more conventional shows like The Closer and Men of a Certain Age. If the trailer and synopsis are any indication, it’s also their most ambitious by far.
The show will focus on a band of humans resisting an overpowering alien invasion that has left the earth in ruins, with all infrastructure and electronics destroyed. The aliens are completely overpowering, with superior technology and advanced tactics that quickly bring the human population to its knees. The pilot will pick up six months after first contact, and follow a Boston history professor (Noah Wyle) who tries to use his knowledge of military strategy to help local resistance fighters while trying to recover his captured son.
Aside from Noah Wylie, who’s known for his long-running role on ER and The Librarian TV movies, the rest of the cast is made up of actors and actresses yet to star a break-out role. The series’ John Connor-esque freedom fighter is Will Patton, who played a leatherneck in Armageddon, and had a small recurring role on 24. Moon Bloodgood turned a few heads in Terminator Salvation, and she’s treading familiar ground in another post-apocalypse project. She’ll be playing Anne Glass, a pediatrician helping traumatized children. Other cast members are assorted members of past Dreamworks TV projects and teenagers who fill out the many younger roles.
To bring some much-needed experience (not to mention star power) to the series, TNT has named Steven Spielberg as an executive producer. Other notable names include executive producer Graham Yost (Justified, The Pacific), co-executive producers Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica) and Greg Beeman (Smallville). The pilot is written by Robert Rodat, whose work on Saving Private Ryan landed him an Oscar nomination.
Check out the Falling Skies trailer below:
From the trailer it’s clear that Falling Skies is heavy on military action; not surprising considering its pedigree. The surviving psuedo-military hierarchy is reminiscent of the human resistance in the third season of Battlestar Galactica, with similar Iraq/Afghanistan overtones. The aliens and technology on display deliver definite vibes from staples like Predator, Independence Day and War of the Worlds. There’s a heavy focus on the invasion through children’s eyes, which might make for some interesting drama for Bloodgood and the younger cast members. The show is shaping up to be very different from V, the other alien invasion drama on TV at the moment, with a much darker, bleaker look at survival after a crushing initial defeat.
We conducted interviews with both Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood and the writers of Falling Skies earlier this year, to hear more about the series, go HERE.
Falling Skies will touch down on TNT in June 2011.