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“The Grinder” creators Andrew Mogul and Jarrad Paul did about as well as producers could possibly do when casting their “Rob Lowe type” — they landed Rob Lowe. On “The Grinder,” Lowe plays television lawyer Dean Sanderson, who moves back to his small hometown after a stint in Hollywood, thinking his time on the small-screen qualifies him to run his family’s law firm. “If you’re gonna go into cardiac arrest around somebody you’d rather it be Noah Wyle,” Mogul recalled a recurring hypothetical conversation he and Paul had well before their idea for “The Grinder” actually hit paper. »
- Tony Maglio
Episodes: 52 (hour)
TV show dates: June 19, 2011 -- August 30, 2015
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, Peter Shinkoda, Mpho Koaho, Seychelle Gabriel, Will Patton, Brandon Jay McLaren, Dylan Authors, Bruce Gray, Daniyah Ysrail, Martin Roach, Dale Dye, Steven Weber, Henry Czerny, Melissa Kramer, Billy Wickman, Terry O'Quinn, Ryan Robbins, Brad Kelly, and Luciana Carro.
TV show description:
This science-fiction TV series begins with the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as the citizen soldiers work to protect the people in »
The following contains out-of-this-world spoilers from the Falling Skies finale.
“I don’t want to give everything away, but… we win,” he let slip with a wink. Even so, “We thin the herd along the way,” he warned. “Not everybody makes it to the finish line.”
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“The fight isn’t over ’til it’s over,” Colonel Weaver reassured members of the 2nd Mass on more than one occasion. Now it really is over: “Falling Skies” aired the finale of its fifth and final season tonight on TNT. Warning: Spoilers Ahead for “Reborn,” the series finale of “Falling Skies.” Tonight’s finale concluded the tale that began with a ragtag team of alien invasion survivors and ended with that same group of survivors becoming heroes, leading the fight to claim back their home, Planet Earth. Tom Mason and co. have battled all manner of extraterrestrial creatures, gruesome weapons that manipulated once-loyal members of the 2nd Mass to turn on their own, and fellow humans (non-alien-manipulated ones) who were plenty troublesome in their own selfish or fearful agendas, as if a powerful alien threat weren’t trouble enough. After the final push brings the 2nd Mass to Washington, »
- Emily Rome
Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back. Starring: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sarah Carter, Drew Roy and Will Patton. Dark Horse Comics, in partnership with DreamWorks Television and TNT, has so far released two digital comic book series of the franchise. LEEE777 - The season finale airs tomorrow on TNT at 10/9c and I for one can't wait! »
After five seasons of a captivating blend of sci-fi, family drama, horror and war stories, “Falling Skies” is coming to an end. The TNT show’s series finale airs this Sunday. Drew Roy’s character, Hal Mason, the oldest of son of Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), is a 17-year-old lacrosse hotshot when an alien invasion pushes Earth’s remaining humans into post-apocalypse survivor mode. Hal has to grow up fast as he becomes one of the 2nd Mass’ strongest fighters, as he watches his girlfriend get turned into an alien weapon, and as he ventures into a dangerous mission to save his younger brother from the clutches of the Skitters. Hal’s journey got wilder when he was turned into “evil Hal” in season 3 thanks to the grotesque Espheni eye worms. Roy delivered an impressive performance as he balanced the eye worm-controlled Hal and the real Hal inside struggling to fight back. »
- Emily Rome
Tom gains a powerful new weapon against the Espheni. Ben puts his life on the line to extract enemy plans. Pope discovers that Tom is alive, and launches a final attack. Meanwhile, the 2nd Mass must reassess their situation when an unexpected visitor appears. Starring: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sarah Carter, Drew Roy and Will Patton. LEEE777 - Airs tonight on TNT at 10/9c. The final season consists of 10 episodes this year. »
This review contains spoilers.
5.8 Stalag 14th Virginia
There are now two episodes remaining in the run of Falling Skies, and true to form, we've spent the last two instalments mucking about in a Rio Bravo last redoubt military encampment where the commanding officer is running amok and governing by fear while allowing the soldiers to do whatever they like in the name of keeping folks together. Granted, this group seems a bit more together than the underground survivors of Day Of The Dead or the hospital from the fifth season of The Walking Dead, but there's not a whole lot of difference between the zombie survival and the alien survival scenario, except the aliens are less of an omnipresent threat and more of a military force to be avoided until »
Recently, TNT delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Falling Skies" episode 8 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Stalag 14th Virginia," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and dramatic stuff take place as Weaver discovers a shocking truth. Isabella and Maggie get forced to work together, and more! In the new, 8th episode press release: Weaver will discover a shocking truth about an old friend and will have to decide how to best protect the 2nd Mass. Maggie and Isabella are going to be forced to work together, while the remainder of the 2nd Mass attempts an escape led by Tom. Episode 8 was directed by Noah Wyle, and it was written by Jack Kenny. It was created by Robert Rodat. Episode 8 is set to air on Sunday night, August 16th at 9pm central time on TNT. »
- Andre Braddox
Injured, Tom takes refuge with a unique family who has distanced themselves from the fight, giving him a glimpse of life without war. Hal and Isabella's romance grows as they search for a missing Tom. Meanwhile, The 2nd Mass locates an Espheni device that could be a linchpin to winning the war... if they can figure out how to use it. And Maggie makes a decision that has consequences for her and the entire 2nd Mass. Starring: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sarah Carter, Drew Roy and Will Patton. LEEE777 - "Respite" airs tonight on TNT at 10Pm. The final season consists of 10 episodes this year. »
Since John Pope first appeared on “Falling Skies” in the series’ second episode, he has been one of the TNT show’s most fun and fascinating characters to watch. In an alien invasion apocalypse, he’s the bad boy looking out for number one, a cynical nuisance, a thorn in Tom Mason’s side. But he’s also been a vital member of the 2nd Mass, loyal to his gang, a badass alien killer, and he even has his heart of gold moments. He’s sometimes an anti-hero character we love to hate — whenever he’s causing trouble within the 2nd Mass as if a war against aliens isn’t trouble enough — but he also comes to reveal struggles and a past that makes him rather relatable. Played by Colin Cunningham, Pope got a love interest in season 4. Sara (Mira Sorvino) has changed Pope, and that’s clearer than ever in the most recent episodes. »
- Emily Rome
The broadcast networks have more than 20 shows debuting this fall, including a soaring Supergirl, reborn Heroes, reanimated Muppets and sexy Scream Queens. To help you prep, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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Falling Skies might be in its final season, but it wasn't going to go out without a bang - so it hit San Diego Comic-Con for a final panel.
The cast were on hand to drop hints about what we can expect from the remaining episodes (as well as give us some fun behind-the-scenes titbits), so read on for the 11 most exciting things we learned...
1. Sarah Carter was "scared" about Maggie's love triangle - but season five is about more than that.
"It was scary of course when they first brought in the love triangle storyline," she said. "I didn't know how I was going to react, I certainly didn't know how the fans were going to react, but I ultimately really appreciated how thorough her journey with the spikes was and what do you do when there's this alien force. And actually we can all sort of relate to that, »
Hybrid mystery bugs, a love triangle, and Tom’s new “rage” mentality that is sure to complicate things even further?! Yes, please! Season 5 has already hooked us and is well underway with two episodes down and only eight more to go until the series finale. (*Tear and Heavy Sigh*) So, needless to say, we had a lot to cover today at Comic-Con’s Falling Skies: The Final Farewell panel. The panel was packed with producer and director, Olatunde Osunsanmi, and actors, Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Doug Jones, Conner Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, and Drew Roy. We learned the cast and crew’s thoughts on, not only some of their favorite moments from the series thus far, but also, some of why we can expect to see in this fifth and final season.
The post Falling Skies Comic-Con Panel Recap: The Final Farewell, and More appeared first on Collider. »
- Katie Sangiorgio
Members of the 2nd Mass landed in Ballroom 20 today for Falling Skies' final Comic-Con appearance. Writer-producer Olatunde Osunsanmi, producer-actor Noah Wyle along with fellow castmembers Moon Bloodgood, Colin Cunningham, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Conner Jessup, and Doug Jones took the audience through some favorite memories of the TNT series and offered up some snippets on its final season, which premiered June 28. The group brought along clips from upcoming episodes… »
Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion show “Falling Skies” had its final Comic-Con panel today, as the show nears its series finale later this summer. The show graduated from a smaller room at the San Diego Convention Center where its cast was the past few years, to Ballroom 20, which holds about 5,000 people. It was a panel that got plenty of laughs and cheers from that crowd and that showed off the charm, intelligence and humor that this cast has. Read on for highlights from the “Falling Skies” panel. Hal has a particularly “nasty,” “bloody” scene coming up soon — maybe with Pope? Drew Roy teased a scene for his character that’s in episode 5 this season. Here’s how he described it. Our best guess as to who this other actor is? Colin Cunningham, who plays the persistently troublemaking Pope, who hasn’t had a lot of scenes with Hal. Maybe the »
- Emily Rome
Comic-Con 2015 has kicked off in San Diego, and below you'll find Digital Spy's mega-guide, listing all of the major movies and TV panels for each day.
Note: All timings are in California's Pacific Standard Time (Pst), for GMT (UK time) add 8 hours. So 12 noon in San Diego will be 8pm in London.
13 things we're most excited about at Comic-Con 2015
Browse our ultimate guide day-by-day:
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Thursday, July 9
Open Road (10.45am local time/6.45pm UK time, Hall H)
The Autobiography of James T Kirk (10.45am local time, 6.45pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 / The Last Witch Hunter (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)
New footage presentation, plus cast and filmmaker »
Below is Digital Spy's daily guide to the major movies and TV panels happening in San Diego this Friday, July 10.
The 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Hall H)
A programme of new award-winning short films. Includes an introduction and Q&A with panelists to be announced, moderated by Ron Diamond.
The Big Bang Theory: Inside the Writers Room (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The show's executive producers and writers offer a behind-the-scenes look into the show's scripting process.
Falling Skies (11.15am local time, 7.15pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The Walking Dead (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)
According to Drew Roy, who plays Hal on TNT’s winding-down sci-fi drama, the cast itself was not sure what their individual characters were to make of their remarkably returned leader’s new attitude.
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