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16 items from 2015


‘Falling Skies’ Series Finale Yields More Fizzle Than Fireworks (Spoilers)

18 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Falling Skies” had been running on fumes for a while, frustratingly so in its final season, which should have been building up to a big cosmic comeuppance for the Espheni, the alien invaders who had blown much of humanity to smithereens. Instead, the final episode, after a protracted and sometimes-meandering buildup, had a slightly anticlimactic quality, reinforcing, more than anything, that it was overdue for Chicken Little’s warning to finally come true.

For a time representing one of Steven Spielberg’s more successful recent endeavors as a TV producer, this TNT drama began with some promise, increased its ambition in season two and then began to hit rough patches, such as that whole hybrid-alien-baby-who-ages-ridiculously-fast storyline. The final season, in similar fashion, spent too much time dealing with the show’s various soap opera elements, while taking detours that pitted the humans against each other — most notably Everyman Tom Mason »

- Brian Lowry

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Falling Skies Boss Weighs In on Series Finale's Big Twists (Including a Very Final One That Didn't Make the Cut)

18 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The following contains out-of-this-world spoilers from the Falling Skies finale.

It was back in May, during Upfronts week and more than a month before Falling Skies‘ Season 5 opener, that Noah Wyle spoiled for me the outcome of the TNT series’ 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.”

RelatedThe Last Ship Renewed for Season 3 at TNT

As the alien-invasion drama’s final hour unspooled, Tom, wife Anne, sons Hal, Ben and Matt, »

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‘Falling Skies’ series finale: Showrunner David Eick answers your burning questions

18 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“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

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New Falling Skies Season 5,Episode 10 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By TNT

23 August 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, TNT delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Falling Skies" episode 10 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Reborn," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff go down as a huge final standoff takes place involving the 2nd Mass, and more! In the new, 10th episode press release: The final standoff will bring the Masons, the 2nd Mass and their new allies into the bowels of an iconic American location, wrought with new and unpredictable obstacles. Despite great loss along the way, they are going to have to persevere with hopes of once and for all reclaiming Earth and humanity. The episode was directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, and it was written by David Eick. It was created by Robert Rodat. Episode 10 is set to air on Sunday night, August 30th at 9pm central on TNT. »

- Andre Braddox

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Syfy Developing ‘Gateway’ TV Show with ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ David Eick

12 August 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Syfy is adapting another beloved science fiction story as a TV series, announcing Wednesday that it is partnering with scribes David Eick and Josh Pate to turn Frederik Pohl’s novel “Gateway” into a one-hour scripted series.

The series, which hails from studios Entertainment One Television and Universal Cable Productions, is set after the discovery of an asteroid teeming with the long-abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race known as the Heechee. The lead character is prospector Robinette Broadhead, who gambles everything on a journey to discover alien artifacts. A nightmare mission results in him receiving extraordinary wealth and luxury — but also leaves him haunted by the loss of his crewmates, including the love of his life.

“We’re delighted to develop this fascinating First Contact story with long-time partners Universal Cable Productions and Entertainment One,” said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s exec veep of original content. “‘Gateway’ is thought-provoking and unsettling, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Alien Drama ‘Gateway’ In Works At Syfy From ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Alum

12 August 2015 12:26 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Syfy is developing Frederik Pohl’s sci-fi novel Gateway, about humanity's encounter with a mysterious, ancient alien civilization, as a one-hour scripted series with Entertainment One TV and Universal Cable Prods. David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Josh Pate (Falling Skies) collaborated on the adaptation and will serve as executive producers. Eick will revise a pilot script written by Pate and serve as showrunner. Martha De Laurentiis will executive produce through the… »

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Syfy Plans "Gateway" Series Adaptation

12 August 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Syfy has also announced plans to adapt Frederik Pohl's award-winning best-seller "Gateway" as a series with "Battlestar Galactica" alum David Eick adapting the source material.

The story deals with a gold rush for alien artifacts and technology after humanity has discovered an asteroid teeming with the long abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race.

The ships are also preprogrammed, transporting their voyagers to distant worlds of riches or certain death. One prospector gambles it all on a nightmare mission in which he returns to extraordinary wealth and luxury, but is haunted by the loss of his crewmates.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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The stories behind TV production company closing logos

10 August 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?

Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.

A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.

As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »

- louisamellor

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'Falling Skies': Colin Cunningham talks 'amping it up' with Drew Roy

26 July 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Noah Wyle on the time he had to keep up with Drew Roy's push-ups routine

10 July 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Falling Skies season 5 episode 1 review: Find Your Warrior

29 June 2015 4:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Falling Skies commences its ten-episode final season with an entertaining uptick in violence...

This review contains spoilers.

5.1 Find Your Warrior

In season four of Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica veteran David Eick took over as showrunner and producer, and the show shifted subtly from a Revolutionary War parallel to a more traditional war story. Now, with the final season locked in for ten episodes, Eick is promsing even more chaos and carnage, transitioning from the Revolution to Vietnam. He's even gone as far as to call the last season of Falling Skies 'Apocalypse Now on crystal meth'. The family drama is getting put by the wayside for some good, old-fashioned alien murder, or so we're promised.

That remains to be seen, but after watching the first episode of the season, I can say that there is a very high body count and for once, Falling Skies doesn't trade bloodshed for speeches—you get both, »

- louisamellor

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‘Falling Skies’: Noah Wyle gets high praise from co-star Moon Bloodgood

28 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s the beginning of the end for “Falling Skies” tonight. The TNT series, produced by Steven Spielberg, airs the finale of its fifth and final season, when all manner of beasts and mutants are running rampant on Earth. Season 5 picks up right where season 4 left off (a first for a “Falling Skies” premiere — find out why in HitFix’s Q&A with the series' showrunner). Dr. Anne Glass, played by Moon Bloodgood, is dealing with the likely loss of her alien hybrid child and her husband (“ER” alum Noah Wyle) when the two of them haven’t returned from their crucial mission to the moon. Here Bloodgood tells HitFix how Anne steps up as a leader in the fight for humanity’s survival against the invading aliens. The actress also talks about which character gets an intense showdown with Anne, how becoming a mother has changed her as an actress, »

- Emily Rome

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‘Falling Skies’: Season 5 is ‘‘Apocalypse Now’ on crystal meth,’ says showrunner

28 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Falling Skies” began as a loose allegory for the American Revolutionary War when the alien invasion TV show first aired in 2011. Humans are fighting on their own turf for independence from extraterrestrials. That analogy evolved, as the finale of season 2 gave viewers their first look at the Volm, a species of alien who act rather like the French do for the Patriots, coming to the aid of the Earthlings. Say good morning, Vietnam, season 5. Showrunner David Eick describes the final season as “‘‘Apocalypse Now’ on crystal meth.” It’s a season of more moral ambiguity. It’s a season when characters push themselves to their absolute limits. The entire series has blended elements of sci-fi, war show, horror and family drama, but for season 5 there will be more focus on “war tales” and “combat stories,” said Eick, the “Battlestar Galactica” alum who came aboard “Falling Skies” as showrunner for season »

- Emily Rome

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Falling Skies' Final Battle: Noah Wyle Previews 'Strong' Finish, But Warns 'Not Everybody Makes It'

8 June 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Unlike the 2nd Mass, which over the years has been led into battle by and large by history prof-turned-resistance leader Tom Mason, TNT’s Falling Skies has not enjoyed the best continuity of leadership.

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Season 1 of the Steven Spielberg-shepherded alien-invasion drama had Mark Verheiden (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica) as its showrunner. Then for Seasons 2 and 3, Remi Aubuchon, whose resume highlights at the time included Caprica (which he cocreated), The WB’s Summerland and ABC Family’s Wildfire, then took the reins. But before Season 3 even hit the airwaves, »

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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

14 January 2015 12:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios »

- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

14 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work »

- Jen Yamato

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