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Falling Skies wrapped up its fourth season Sunday with what may be the show’s most hopeful yet most enigmatic season closer.
Spoiler Alert: Details of tonight’s season 4 finale lie ahead!
The last couple minutes of the two-hour finale ended on a very hopeful note back on Earth. As Hal says, “The Espheni are sitting ducks for a change,” thanks to Lexi’s sacrificial destruction of the aliens’ power core. But above Earth’s atmosphere, things got really weird — the kind of weird that should have fans theorizing and debating throughout the long wait to the fifth and final season. »
- Emily Rome
As alien-filled as it is, Falling Skies has kept its characters Earth-bound throughout the show’s four years on TNT. But it appears that’s about to change. The 2nd Mass’ latest strategy for winning back their planet is rocketing themselves beyond Earth’s atmosphere — to the Espheni power converter on the moon.
The mission-to-the-moon storyline came from the show’s executive producer, a guy you may have heard of: “That was Mr. Spielberg’s idea,” Noah Wyle told EW.
- Emily Rome
TNT’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi program Falling Skies is currently in its fourth and penultimate season, and as it’s been renewed for a fifth and final season (a 10-episode run), cast members Noah Wyle, Will Patton, Moon Bloodgood, Maxim Knight, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Doug Jones, and executive producer David Eick discuss some of the central themes of the show here as well as addressing the show’s impending conclusion.
david j. moore: The post-apocalyptic genre is very much in vogue right now for shows on T.V. What is it like for you to be involved in a show like Falling Skies that has apocalyptic themes, and to portray characters in this simulated apocalyptic world?
- Gary Collinson
Millennium Entertainment announced today that they have acquired all domestic rights for the coming-of-age thriller The World Made Straight, and will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in February 2015.
Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens and Haley Joel Osment star in the film. Directed by David Burris, the film is based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash, and scripted by Shane Danielsen. Myriad Pictures is handling world sales on the film.
Based on the acclaimed novel by the same name, The World Made Straight is set in a rural community heavy with a dark past and dangerous present. The film follows a rebellious young man, Travis, (Jeremy Irvine) as he struggles to decide between the dark path he is on and the chance at a new life.
Lionsgate has announced plans for a re-release of the original 2004 franchise launching horror film "Saw" in a limited nationwide run this Halloween.
"Saw" will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31st with Thursday midnights in select locations. The micro budget serial killer film spawned a seven film franchise that has grossed $874 million worldwide. [Source: Lionsgate]
Open Road Films has announced a September 11th 2015 release for John Hillcoat's heist thriller "Triple Nine". Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Godot and Norman Reedus star.
The story centers on a crew of crooked cops executing a heist during which they must manufacture a 999 call, police code for "officer down". The plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Millenium will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in February.
It’s the first deal for the company since its Aug. 19 announcement that its catalog and distribution platform has been sold to management team and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group.
Myriad Pictures is handling world sales on the film.
Set in a rural community heavy with a dark past and dangerous present, the movie follows a rebellious young man as he struggles to decide between the troubled path he is on and the chance at a new life.
- Dave McNary
Millennium Entertainment announced the acquisition of Jeremy Irvine and Minka Kelly‘s coming of age thriller “The World Made Straight” on Wednesday. The film, directed by Emmy-nominee David Burris and based on a novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash and adapted by Shane Danielsen, also stars Noah Wyle, Haley Joel Osment and Adelaide Clemens. The plot centers around Irvine (“War Horse,” “Great Expectations”), who stars as Travis, a heavily conflicted rebellious young man in a dangerous rural setting. Also read: ‘War Horse’ Star Jeremy Irvine to Lead Roland Emmerich's Gay Rights Drama “The World Made Straight” was produced by Todd Labarowski. »
- Travis Reilly
On the heels the sale of Millennium Entertainment's distribution arm to the company's current management team and Virgo Investment Group comes the news that the company has acquired all domestic rights to the movie adaptation of The World Made Straight. The film, based on the novel by Ron Rash and scripted by Shane Danielsen, stars Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens and Haley Joel Osment. The thriller, which will hit theaters in February 2015, is set in a dangerous world where one rebellious young man (Irving) struggles to decide between the dark path he is on and the
- Rebecca Ford
Before he saved lives as John Carter in “ER,” and saved the world as Tom Mason in “Falling Skies,” Noah Wyle was a struggling actor in L.A. But when times were toughest, he was sustained by “Blind Faith” — the 1990 NBC TV movie, that is. The one that earned him his first mention in Variety.
Do you recall seeing your name in the publication?
I do, because my mother framed it. It was pretty huge. Variety looms large in my house.
What do you remember about the role?
To quote my grandfather, who sat through three hours of that movie, “I had to watch a lot of ‘Blind Faith’ to watch a little bit of Noah.” It was not a big coup, but it was my SAG card. Somebody told me you had to say seven words to get into SAG. My line was, “What’s going on down there? »
- Whitney Friedlander
It’s hard to condense four seasons of alien invasions, drone warfare, and dystopic bloodshed into 30 seconds, especially when the aliens in said show go by the decidedly cutesy name of “Skitters.”
But at Comic-Con, EW recruited Falling Skies cast members Noah Wyle and Maxim Knight to summarize the last four seasons of the sci-fi show with the best of their capabilities in the time allotted, which might shed more light on whether things can ever look up in this dark, extraterrestrial world (probably not).
Maxim Knight: »
- Teresa Jue
This review contains spoilers.
If a show actively has characters lampshading decisions, does it still count? Falling Skies, which typically opts for the happiest of all choices in the end, even when it comes to betrayal, had a character from Matt's past return in a big way this week. While Tom, Cochise, Anne, Weaver, and Matt—you know, the most important people in Charleston and the leadership of the Second Mass—are off looking for a cache of Volm weapons, Mira runs into them on the road. She spins an implausible story about how she graduated from the camp but just happened to run into them on the road and that she's thrown her Espheni dog whistle away, but Tom and Weaver see through it pretty instantly. »
Without a doubt, Doug Jones is one of our favorite actors. The personable, prolific performer always has some interesting projects to talk about, and he recently sat down with Dread Central to discuss some current and future endeavors.
Jones began by describing an intriguing new movie series. Space Command: Redemption is the first installment in a proposed franchise.
"It's an original piece by writer/director Mark Zicree, who has such a pedigree in writing for film and television in the science fiction genre," Jones said, "a hugely decorated writer who has written for everything from "Star Trek: Incarnation" to "Babylon 5" and beyond. So there's elements of all that. It's got all the trappings of a science fiction show that takes place in space, but it also has a warm, heartfelt soul that's unlike anything I've read and I think that's what attracted me to it. And to be surrounded »
- Scott Hallam
Ray Willmott reviews the first episode of Falling Skies Season four…
It’s rare for a Sci-Fi show to see life past its first season these days, but Falling Skies has definitely earned its stripes, continuing to improve year on year. Aliens, known as Skitters, have unexpectedly attacked Earth, leaving it in tatters and ruins, forcing humanity to fend for themselves in the aftermath. The show follows Tom Mason (played by Noah Wyle), his children, the 2nd Massachusetts regiment with Captain Weaver and a group of unlikely allies headed by Pope, as they fight for survival against Earth’s most fearsome enemy. In their fight against the Skitters, allegiances are made, betrayals are rife and friends and enemies are lost and won on the battlefield.
In ‘Ghost in the Machine’, the group think they’ve finally reached some sort of safety. After travelling through one battlefield after another, they are »
- Gary Collinson
You have seen Doug Jones in the past few decades playing various sort of creatures and monsters from your favorite fantasy, sci-fi or horror movie.
In a lengthy exclusive phone interview, Jones talked with us about his San Diego Comic-Con International plans for “Space Command.” He went into depth on the new sci-fi movie series with his android character.
In addition, he also discussed his other work including the TV shows of “The Strain,” “Falling Skies” and the movie “Marble Hornets.” He also discussed his involvement or soon to be with Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” and “The Haunted House.” And finally, he gave us some juicy details about “Hellboy 3” and “Frankenstein” that doesn’t appear to be on the radar at this time.
Doug Jones will be at »
- Gig Patta
Falling Skies: Fox, 9pm
The Espheni reveal their new plan to Tom (Noah Wyle), presenting him with an impossible dilemma.
Weaver and Pope attempt to escape the Espheni prison, while Matt struggles to suppress his true allegiances from the Espheni Youth Camp leaders. Meanwhile, Anna is searching for daughter Lexi and Ben uncovers a devastating secret.
Utopia: Channel 4, 10pm
The gang are on the run and meet a young hacker who uncovers The Network's new plan in tonight's instalment of the conspiracy drama.
Ian, framed for his boss's death, doesn't know which way to turn, and Milner prepares to execute Jessica to finally find out what amendment Carvel made to Janus.
Ray pressures his father (Jon Voight) to return to Los Angeles and face Cochran, who makes a full statement regarding the shooting of Sully Sullivan. »
TNT has renewed Falling Skies for season 5, which is to be the sci-fi's last...
TNT's Earth-invasion sci-fi, Falling Skies, has been renewed for a fifth season, which is also to be its last. In summer 2015, a ten-episode final season of the Noah Wyle-starring alien attack drama will bring Falling Skies' story to a close.
Knowing that the end is coming invariably makes creative teams happier to wield the scythe, so we can expect some eventful episodes to come in this season and the next. As TNT puts it, "Falling Skies has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year’s climactic final season."
Also returning next year on TNT is The Last Ship, which will return for an extended thirteen-episode season in 2015. The Michael Bay-produced series, inspired by William Brinkley's apocalypse novel of the same name, »
Airing on TNT, Falling Skies has been one of the cable channel's top-rated shows. However, the ratings have been dropping each year. Will they continue to fall or will they start to rebound? Will this series be renewed for a fifth season or, will it be cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
On Falling Skies, the resistance continues to struggle for survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. The cast includes Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Colin Cunningham, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Mpho Koaho, and Seychelle Gabriel.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
7/18 update: Falling Skies has been renewed for »
TNT renewed Falling Skies for a fifth season of 10 episodes but that will be the end of the sci-fi series. TNT president Michael Wright said in a statement, "Falling Skies has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year's climactic final season."
On Falling Skies, the human resistance struggles for survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. The cast includes Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Colin Cunningham, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Mpho Koaho, and Seychelle Gabriel.
While the series is still performing well for TNT, the (current) fourth season is down by 14% in viewership when compared to season three. The audience for Falling Skies has been declining since the first season when it averaged 4.7 million viewers each week.
The Last Ship and »
TNT’s enjoying a solid season and aims to keep it up in summer 2015 as well. The network just announced that it’s renewed The Last Ship, Major Crimes and Falling Skies, all of which cracked the top five for scripted series with total viewers and adults 25 to 54 this summer. At this point, The Last Ship is posting an average of more than 7.2 million viewers for its first season, Major Crimes is up in season three with about 7 million viewers on average so far, and Falling Skies is coming in above 5.5 million viewers as well. The next time around, The Last Ship will get 13 episodes instead of 10, Major Crimes will have a 15-episode season 4 run, and it'll be 10 episodes for Falling Skies season 5, which will also be its last. Catch more details on those three shows after the jump and keep an eye out for more TNT summer renewals in the weeks to come. »
- Perri Nemiroff
TV fans who have been tuning in to TNT all summer will be excited to know that the cable network has renewed "The Last Ship," "Major Crimes" and "Falling Skies." First up, the Michael Bay-produced "Last Ship" will return with 13 new episodes, following its 10-episode debut season. The show has averaged more than 7.2 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery in its first season and stands as basic cable's #1 scripted series for the summer with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. TNT is also ordering 15 episodes for "Major Crimes'" fourth season. "Major Crimes" currently ranks second behind "Rizzoli & Isles" among the summer's top scripted series on basic cable. Finally, "Falling Skies" will end its run with a fifth and final season comprised of 10 episodes. The sci-fi series, starring Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood, has averaged more than 5.5 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its fourth season, including 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.1 million adults 18-49. Meanwhile, »
- Dave Lewis
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