TNT has renewed the Steven Spielberg-produced science fiction drama Falling Skies for a 10-episode fourth season.
The series — which stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, and Connor Jessup — premiered on June 19, 2011. The current season, which premiered on June 9 to 4.21 million viewers, is averaging 5.8 million viewers with DVR viewing and is basic cable’s No. 1 scripted series with the 18-49 and 25-54 demographics.
Season 2 averaged 5.6 million viewers and ranked as basic cable’s top summer drama among adults 25-54.
Wyle plays Tom Mason, a Boston University professor who becomes second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a group of roughly 300 civilians and fighters fleeing post-apocalyptic Boston following an alien invasion that took place six months before the events of season one. Roy and Jessup play his sons, Hal and Ben. Bloodgood plays Anne Glass, who was a pediatrician before the invasion and acts as a doctor to the regiment. She and Tom start a relationship in season 2.
The renewal was hinted at in May, when Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick signed on as showrunner. Eick replaced outgoing showrunner, Remi Aubuchon, who ran the second and third seasons. Eick previously executive produced Caprica and the web series Blood & Chrome. He was previously attached to an Incredible Hulk project at ABC that never came to fruition.
Carol Barbee, who worked with Eick on the second season of the Fox series Touch, signed on as a consulting producer.
Because Falling Skies requires an intense post-production process because of the elaborate special effects, the writers typically start working on new episodes before an official announcement is made so that there won’t be too large of a gap between seasons.
Season 3 of Falling Skies will air through August, and the fourth season Falling Skies will premiere next summer.
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