Last week, Falling Skies had the most-watched cable premiere of the year.
The most important thing to know about Falling Skies – TNT’s new post-apocalyptic alien-invasion survivalist romp – is that the series premiere got its worst scene out of the way early. Skies kicked off last night with a montage of crayon drawings presenting the viewer with the end of the world. A chorus of adorable-sounding children narrated us through the arrival of a strange alien race, the annihilation of some 90% of the global population, and the current state of the human resistance.
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For one heroic week we were ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, thanks to the inaugural EW CapeTown Film Fest. The festival — named after EW.com’s superhero-friendly hub — was launched in conjunction with American Cinematheque and sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies. It brought 7,000 fans together at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre with filmmakers and sci-fi icons like Leonard Nimoy, Mark Hamill, and Kurt Russell. EW’s Geoff Boucher, Tim Stack, and Anthony Breznican led Q&A’s.
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What it’s about From executive producer Steven Spielberg comes a new kind of close encounter with alien life — except these robo-enhanced ETs aren’t here in peace. Skies, premiering June 19, begins six months after the war, with the invading aliens occupying the ruins of America, and mankind organized into resistance movements. Your hero is Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a history professor and widower with three sons. Says Wyle, ”It blends two different kinds of sci-fi that I like: metaphor for our world today, and mystery.”
Six months ago, aliens invaded America and turned ER’s pensive Dr. John Carter into gunslinging history professor Tom Mason, star of the new sci-fi epic Falling Skies. Noah Wyle’s transformation from network doctor to cable action hero comes complete with scruffy beard and a scratchy voice that occasionally recalls a young Clint Eastwood. It takes a couple of hours, or roughly the length of the premiere, to get used to this new version of Wyle, but he pulls it off.
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