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July 23rd, 2014

Final Season is Announced for “Falling Skies”

Noah Wyle Photo by starbright31 © Wikimedia Commons

Noah Wyle
Photo by starbright31 © Wikimedia Commons

On July 18, TNT announced the renewal of the fifth and final season of their summer hit series Falling Skies. The final season will consist of 10 episodes. Hopefully this will give the writers time to wrap up the series for viewers with no cliffhangers.

Falling Skies premiere caught sci-fi viewers’ interest with their alien invasion based show. The alien revolution is led by Noah Wyle who plays Tom Mason, who was a mere history professor before the skies fell on Earth full of aliens. The newest aliens have been dubbed by humans as Skitters and Mechs. The Skitters are a spider looking alien who are intelligent. They like to harness children with an alien device that allows them to control the child’s movements and behavior through telepathy. The Mechs look like a giant robot creature that destroys anything in its path. Falling Skies left viewers with a cliffhanger when Tom boarded an alien ship.

Seasons one, two and three have been listed as cable’s top new series and ranked as basic cable’s top summer drama with adults 18-49. With positive numbers like that it is no surprise that fans are wondering what led to the decision of the cancellation of such a promising and popular show? I don’t have the answer. And much like other shows that seem to get cancelled before their time should be up, we probably never will. I just hope that with this much notice they have time to wrap up the series in a logical way and not make it look harried like this season (four) with the Lexie storyline.

Two comments made on TV Guide sums up most everyone’s feelings about season four so far:

“Falling Skies has been flat out awful this season. I hope the show can revisit what made it great in its final season. I can’t tell you how stupid blonde, grown up Lexie is. And turning Jane into a monster? I don’t know what they were thinking when they plotted this season — but it was nothing good.” – Amanda

“The whole creepy/platinum-blonde Lexie thing is a road they should never have started down. I’m really not even interested in her.” – Jenna

Falling Skies Returns (2012)

Love is in the Air

Falling Skies airs Sundays at 10:00pm on TNT.

 

May 28th, 2014

Season Premieres in June 2014

Tyler Posey will emcee the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

Tyler Posey
Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

Some of my favorite TV show returning in June include Longmire, Beauty & the Beast, Royal Pains, Defiance, Falling Skies, Covert Affairs, Teen Wolf, Under the Dome and it’s True Blood’s final season!! What do you watch in the summertime?

Food Network Star (FOOD) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 10th Season Premiere June 1

Let the cooking begin!

Mountain Men (HISTORY) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 1

To survive, mountain men must overcome cold, mean winters and predators, but the meanest wild beast is Mother Nature herself.

Longmire (A&E) Mondays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 2

Walt is arrest in the Season Three premiere.

Mistresses (ABC) Mondays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 2

To help you prepare for the Season Two premiere, ABC has put together a list of “13 Things You Need to Know” before the premiere airs.

 

Kristen Kruek Photo by Carlos Almendarez © Wikimedia Commons

Kristen Kruek
Photo by Carlos Almendarez © Wikimedia Commons

Beauty & the Beast (CW) Mondays @ 9:00pm, Season 2b Premiere June 2

Cat needs to figure out why Vincent has become full beast, but she will need a little help from friends J.T., Tess and Lowan.

Whose Line is it Anyway? (CW) Mondays @ 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 2

Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie continue their spontaneous improve games (without their buddy Drew Carey), prompted by ideas from the studio audience.

Man, Fire, Food (COOKING) Tuesdays @ 8:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 3

See inventive ways people cook with an open flame.

Shipping Wars (A&E) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 3

Storage Wars (A&E) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 3

Tanner Foust Photo by Diego.esquivel87 © Wikimedia Commons

Tanner Foust
Photo by Diego.esquivel87 © Wikimedia Commons

Top Gear (HISTORY) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 3 Do not confuse this Top Gear with the one that airs on BBC America. This one is hosted by Americans Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood.

Restaurant Stakeout (FOOD)

Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 4

Careful, some bosses are watching even when you don’t think they are.

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (SCI) Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 4

It’s a science thing for science nerds.

Party Down South (CMT) Thursdays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 5

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC) Fridays @ 9:00pm, 7th Season Premiere June 6

Finding Bigfoot (ANPL) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 8

Some people believe Bigfoot really exists.

Sister Wives (TLC) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 8

Major Crimes (TNT) Mondays @ 9:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 9

Pretty Little Liars (ABCF) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 10

They may be pretty, but they sure can tell some big ones!

Mark Feuerstein plays Dr. Hank Lawson on "Royal Pains" Photo by Phil Konstantin © Wikimedia Commons

Mark Feuerstein plays Dr. Hank Lawson on “Royal Pains”
Photo by Phil Konstantin © Wikimedia Commons

Royal Pains (USA) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 10

The Lawson brothers are back and still hanging out with their friends in the Hamptons. Tune in to see what adventures are in Hank, Evan, Paige, Divya, Boris, Jeremiah and Eddie’s future this summer.

Duck Dynasty (A&E) Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 11

Graceland (USA) Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 11

Suits (USA) Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 11

Monumental Mysteries (TRAVEL) Fridays @ 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 13

Discover the hidden secrets in some of America’s monuments.

Switched at Birth (ABCF) Mondays @ 8:00pm, Season 3B Premieres June 16

The Fosters (ABCF) Mondays @ 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 16

Perception (TNT) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 17

It’s all a matter of perspective.

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 17

Defiance (SYFY) Thursdays @ 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 19 Explore the game free on Wednesday, June 4.

Rectify (SUNDANCE) Thursdays @ 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 19

Rookie Blue (ABC) Thursdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 19

Cold Justice (TNT) Fridays @ 9:00pm, Season 2B Premiere June 20

Falling Skies (TNT) Sundays @ 10:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 22 The best show of the summer is back! Watch the trailer for Season Four. It’s better than reading words.

True Blood (HBO) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 7th Season Premiere June 22 (Final Season) Watch the final season trailer of True Blood.

Wipeout (ABC) Sundays @ 8:00pm, 7th Season Premiere June 22

Teen Wolf (MTV) Mondays @ 10:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 23 What new challenges will Scott, Stiles and the rest of the group face this season?

Covert Affairs (USA) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 24 Who is ready for more Annie and Auggie drama? Me!!

Sullivan & Son (TBS) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 24

The Next Great Baker (TLC) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 24

Big Brother (CBS) Wednesdays @ 8:00pm, 16th Season Premiere June 25

Wilfred (FXX) Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 25

A man. A dog. A man who thinks he is a dog. What’s he been smoking?

Beyond Scared Straight (A&E) Thursdays @ 10:00pm, 7th Season Premiere June 26

Insane Coaster Wars (TRAVEL) Sundays @ 7:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 29

Last Tango in Halifax (PBS) Sundays @ 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 29

Oooo, a secret wedding for Alan & Celia! What will their daughters think when they find out?

Unforgettable (CBS) Sundays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 29

Xtreme Waterparks (TRAVEL) Sundays @ 8:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 29

Under the Dome (CBS) Mondays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 30

Here’s a sneak peek of Season Two. See what’s in store for those trapped Under the Dome.

 

July 13th, 2012

“Falling Skies” Renewed for Third Season

Noah Wyle Photo by starbright31 © Wikimedia Commons

Noah Wyle
Photo by starbright31 © Wikimedia Commons

The newest aliens onthe block have garnered a decent fan base and ratings are up enough that TNT has ordered a third season of Falling Skies. Noah Wylie stars as Tom, who before the invasion was a mere history professor, as an unlikely leader helping lead the 2nd Mass in a revolution against the aliens.

The Steven Spielberg-produced series has 10 new episodes on tap for the 2013 season. When the series debuted last summer, Falling Skies was basic cable’s top new series of 2011. The second season is currently ranking as basic cable’s top summer drama with adults 18-49.

Falling Skies airs Sundays at 9/8c on TNT.

July 10th, 2012

Love is in the Air on “Falling Skies”

Plus New Aliens are on the Horizon

Photo/Image by  Xeworlebi © Wikimedia Commons

Photo/Image by Xeworlebi © Wikimedia Commons

Despite being in the middle of a revolution against two different types of alien beings, the Skitters and the Mechs, there is love in the air on “Falling Skies.” It doesn’t take a genius to see that after numerous missions together a deep friendship has formed between Hal (Drew Roy) and his mission partner, Maggie (Sarah Carter). When the two are out on a scouting mission they have to take cover in a small car from the Mechs heading their way. While the Mechs trudge by them slowly, they are unaware of the romance coming to light in the tight confines of the partner’s hideaway where Maggie is literally having to lie on top of Hal to stay out of sight. While facing possible death, Hal realizes he has deep feelings for Maggie and will do anything to protect her. He can’t lose another girl like when his first love, Karen (Jessy Schram), was taken from him by the Skitters right before his eyes. But Maggie blocks Hal’s advances.

According to TVGuide.com,  a harnessed Karen will return in a future episode where Hal will immediately take her side while the rest of the 2nd Mass is leary of her intentions. But through all the turmoil Karen brings to the camp, Maggie never leaves Hal’s side and is in fact the only one that can get through to him.

Recently revealed is that the Skitter known as “Red Eye” (they had to do something to distinguish one Skitter from another) is apparently the leader of a Skitter revolution against the Mechs and they want to team up with the humans. Of course all the humans, including Tom (Noah Wyle) who was rescued by Red Eye when he was on the alien ship, have their doubts about his true intentions. Executive producer Remi Aubichon promises that even though the Skitters may become allies, there are still plenty of human-hunting creatures who have yet to be seen. Aubichon also reveals that in the August 5 episode titled “Death March,” viewers will clearly learn the sad fate of still harnessed kids. Could they be the ones controlling the Mechs?

“Falling Skies” airs Sundays @ 9:00pm EST on TNT.

June 15th, 2012

Falling Skies Returns

June 17, 9:00pm, TNT

 

Noah Wyle Photo by starbright31 © Wikimedia Commons

Noah Wyle
Photo by starbright31 © Wikimedia Commons

If aliens mess with planet Earth, then they’ll have to face off with Noah Wyle and his team of rebels. The previously mild-mannered professor and unlikeliest of Earth-defending action heroes returns to defend his family and take back his home planet from an alien invasion. The first season gave us the story background including family ties, alien invaders and local militia who are fighting off the unwanted aliens and trying to get back their children who have been harnessed to be used as slaves for their personal purpose. This season get ready for more political jousting in the militia and gnarly combat scenes with the Skitters.

Sci-fi adventure and family dynamics remain the trademarks of Falling Skies, which became an instant hit last summer. But that formula — a signature of exec producer Steven Spielberg — is pumped with more testosterone in Season 2. Producers and cast are confident they’ll be delivering more edge and ramped up action this summer. “Everything’s stepped up a notch,” Wyle tells TVGuide.com, “especially the level of threat and deprivation.” Wyle promises the big questions will be answered this season: “Why are the aliens here? What purpose does the planet serve to them?”

The season opens three months after Tom (Wyle) entered an enemy spaceship in last summer’s finale, invited by an Overlord, a rep of a previously unseen alien species. Tom agreed to go in search of more information about his son Ben, who was abducted by the aliens and attached to an organic harness that, though physically removed, has kept the teen psychically tethered to the oppressors. Visiting the enemy’s lair was not well-received by Tom’s team — or Twitter. “I didn’t know it was so controversial until 11:01 on the night it aired,” Wyle admits. “I got calls from friends and family, like ‘What the hell? You’re not going to wake up naked in a cornfield, are you?’”

“To me,” the actor protests, “it seemed like a bold move. It might not be a wise decision, but it’s an important plot point. Tom’s family is his Achilles’ heel and that’s the leverage they use on him.” Flashbacks will reveal the character’s ordeal and encounters with the mysterious alien who’s seemingly above the Skitters’ pay grade and giving the orders.

When Tom returns to the 2nd Mass, he finds a darker unit, demoralized by Skitter attacks that have killed hundreds and destroyed their schoolhouse haven. Among the most cynical is Ben. “He’s become distant and cold, and he’s taking out his anger on the Skitters,” says Jessup. Making it even worse, his comrades don’t view him as human now that he, as Roy puts it, is “full of Skitter juice,” which gives him superhuman senses and strength.

Pope (Colin Cunningham) and his shady “Berserkers” gang are not happy that Tom is back either. They ask the questions others are thinking: Did Tom make a deal with the aliens to save his son? How far will he go to save his family? The answer to the second question is, most likely, very far.

At least now Tom can seek solace from company medic Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood), as both try to move past tragic losses in what is called “postapocalyptic dating.” Their romance barely gets off the ground when a pilot flies in to spread the almost unbelievable word that there’s a new “Continental Congress” in Charleston ready to begin an organized resistance. Tom considers going, but suspicious unit commander Weaver (Will Patton) is certainly not ready to head south. After all, there are a lot of Skitters between Massachusetts and South Carolina.

One Skitter who might not be quite so menacing is Red Eye, a character that might reveal possible discord in the aliens’ structure. Could certain invaders have sympathy for the humans? “This season is about who’s on what side,” says Bloodgood. “The gray areas of war are always interesting to watch.”

Wyle acknowledges “the tricky line the show has to walk. We’re not on Syfy; we’re on TNT. We’re creating a show that has something for everyone.” To genre lover Bloodgood, this season is on the right side of the line: “This year, we’re primarily science fiction, which doesn’t mean we’re lacking in human story. The alien stories are just a little bit more clever, with one species after another ready to destroy humanity.” In other words, brace yourself for close encounters of the deadliest kind.

Falling Skies premieres Sunday at 9/8c on TNT.

April 13th, 2012

Will “Falling Skies” Answer the Unanswered Questions?

At the end of season one, Falling Skies left viewers with a good cliff-hanger when we watched resistance leader Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) board the alien ship. In less than three months we’ll finally learn what happened to him. Fans of the extraterrestrial-invasion series will be happy to know that answers to their burning questions are coming in Season 2, even as the show expands the scope of the mystery behind the invasion. Check this out for a preview of what’s coming in the first two episodes of season two.

Some of the (as yet) “unanswered questions” on everyone’s mind are:

What is the aliens’ real agenda?

Why did they leave so many humans alive?

Why are they using children as slaves?

What is the true origin of the Skitters?

Here, the show’s writers and producers tease us with those question.

http://youtu.be/iZvutPT3RdQ

Falling Skies returns with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 17 at 9/8c.

January 26th, 2012

The Darker Side of Sci-Fi TV in 2011

Tyler Posey is the new Teen Wolf Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

Tyler Posey is the new Teen Wolf
Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

The genre of science fiction TV is brought to life on TV using a lot of imagination and contains elements such as magicians, super heroes, and mystical powers. But some of these sci-fi shows show their darker side with aliens trying to take over Earth, devils and demons running rampant in our world, vampires sucking the life out of people and werewolves attacking anything in sight. These creatures all have to beware of special people that hunt them all to try to dispose of them. Here are my favorite 6 TV shows that showed the darker side of sci-fi TV in 2011.

FALLING SKIES (TNT)
(Summer)
One again the Earth is being attacked by aliens from outer space. This time Noah Wyle (ER, The Librarian) is leading the charge to take back our home planet from these new alien creatures known as Skitters and Mechs. The Skitters take control of human children by putting a ‘harness’ on them then controlling their movements and behavior through some sort of mental communication. The humans have finally found a way to safely remove the harness (or have they?) and return the retrieved children back to their parents.

SUPERNATURAL (CW)
Fridays @ 9:00pm
When their mother was killed by a demon when they were just little tykes, Sam and Dean Winchester’s (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) father, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), took them with him on his demon hunting adventures tracking down the demon responsible for his wife’s death. While their father was out hunting, Dean looked after Sam and learned the tricks of the trade along the way. As Dean got older he learned he gets premonitions of things to come and they’re not always good. With their dad AWOL, they guys turn to long-time friend and supernatural hunter Bobby (Jim Beaver) for help and advice. In their hunt for the demon that killed their mother, the Winchester brothers have close encounters with vampires, demons, banshees, zombies, ghosts and even the devil himself.

VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW)
Thursdays @ 8:00pm (Fall/Winter)
Brothers Damon and Stefan Salvator (Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley) look like ordinary high school students on the outside, but they are really vampires living in an old family mansion in the small town of Mystic Falls. The brothers have fallen for the lovely Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) who also lives in Mystic Falls and is the spitting image of Katherine, a vampiress the brothers both loved in 1864. Other supernatural creatures also live in Mystic Falls. Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) is Elena’s best friend and also a witch, and Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) is a werewolf, an arch enemy of vampires. The Vampire Diaries is based on the book written by L.J. Smith.

V (ABC)
(2009- 2011)
In a 1980s remake, the Visitors are back on Earth secretly trying to take it over. There is a rebel alliance forming of people who have learned the truth surrounding the V’s but others are blinded by the technology and tricked by the human disguises the lizards wear. With too little too late attitudes being said of the action and little revealing of the lizards true skin underneath, and half the cast being offed in the first season finale, V was cancelled after its second season. Click here to check out some other human-looking aliens.

GRIMM (NBC)
Fridays @ 9:00pm (Fall/Winter)
The creatures from Grimm’s Fairy Tales are walking among us disguised as real people. Only special people known as “Grimm’s” can see these mythical creatures in order to track them down. Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) learns about his mythical powers when his aunt dies and leaves him her trailer full of Grimm creature history including weapons to fight them with and diaries full of insider information. Nick accidently befriends one of the creatures, who goes by the human name of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and the two become uncomfortable allies.

TEEN WOLF (MTV)
Summers
You might recognize the names of the characters in this reboot of a classic film but that’s when the similarities end as this show has a darker side than the original comedy. Teenager Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) is a high school Lacrosse player who mainly rides the pine until he discovers his secret identity and the fast, cat-like powers that come with being a teenage werewolf. Scott’s best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) is still by his side accompanying him in his daily adventures and occasionally covering for him when Scott accidently goes all wolf on him because he is still learning how to control his powers.

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June 29th, 2009

Noah Wyle Signed by Spielberg

Made famous by his role as Dr. John Carter on ER, Noah Wyle is expanding his horizons in a new unnamed alien adventure directed by Steven Spielburg this fall. According to SCIFI WIRE, Wyle will play the leader of a ragtag group of soldiers and civilians who struggle against the occupying alien force.The untitled alien plot will be shown on TNT.