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TNT orders fourth season of 'Falling Skies'

TNT has picked up a fourth season of Falling Skies.

The Sunday drama that stars Noah Wyle is averaging 5.8 million viewers and ranks as basic cable’s No. 1 scripted series with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the summer-to-date.

TNT will air the fourth 10-episode next summer. Falling Skies also stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Carter.

'Falling Skies' talent talks Tom vs. Pope, searching for Anne, more on '2nd Watch' with Wil Wheaton -- VIDEO

Midway through its third season (yes, we can’t believe the season is half over either), Falling Skies delivered an emotionally intense episode with tonight’s “Search and Recover.” In the newest installment of 2nd Watch, Wil Wheaton leads a discussion about the episode with Maxim Knight (Matt Mason) and executive producer-director Greg Beeman.

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on if you do not want to find out what happened in tonight’s episode of Falling Skies, “Search and Recover.”
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'Falling Skies' cast talks evil Hal, Anne's baby, Cochise, more on '2nd Watch' with Wil Wheaton -- VIDEO

Falling Skies is upping the ante in its story of alien invasion survivors, and in the latest installment of 2nd Watch, Wil Wheaton discusses the show’s new developments with the talent behind the TNT series.

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on if you do not want to find out what happened in tonight’s episode of Falling Skies, “At All Costs.” READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies': Wil Wheaton talks with cast about tonight's episode on '2nd Watch' -- VIDEO

Sci-fi show Falling Skies continued its tale of alien invasion survivors on TNT tonight with an episode that had the show’s heroes suffering some losses and making some discoveries about rebels outside Charleston.

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on if you do not want to find out what happened in tonight’s episode of Falling Skies, “Badlands.” READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies': Wil Wheaton leads discussion about the season 3 premiere in '2nd Watch' -- VIDEO

Alien invasion series Falling Skies returned to TNT tonight for its season 3 premiere. Also returning is 2nd Watch, the weekly post-episode talk show with writers and cast members of the sci-fi show.

2nd Watch video discussions launched during season 2 and were led by geek fan favorite actor and Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Wil Wheaton.

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on if you do not want to know details of tonight’s two-hour premiere of Falling Skies. READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies' season 3 preview: The fight for the planet gets more complicated

It’s a sunny late September day on the Vancouver set of alien invasion series Falling Skies, and director Greg Beeman is wishing there were more wind.

The cast and crew of the TNT sci-fi show are working on a long tracking shot of the Falling Skies heroes cleaning up after a battle in their home base of Charleston, where an American flag, for now, hangs limp on a pole in the center of town.

“I want that American flag to furl,” Beeman says. “Is it ‘furl’ or ‘unfurl’?” A crew member sitting next to him in video village assures him they want the flag to unfurl. The energetic director claps and chants, “Unfurl, baby, unfurl” before adding, “Raise it really quickly so it catches the wind and flows real pretty.”

Beeman commits several takes to making that flag in the wind a cinematic opening to the long shot through Charleston, but it’s about more than making it look “pretty” — the American flag is also part of some essential imagery for a show that has, since its beginning, loosely alluded to the American Revolutionary War. Humans find themselves fighting on their own turf for independence from aliens. When various infrastructures crumble after the invasion, for the survivors whose story started in Boston, the American flag remains “an iconic and tangible symbol of who they are and what they’re fighting for,” showrunner Remi Aubuchon said.

That nod to the Revolutionary War continues to evolve in season 3 — which premieres on TNT tonight — when the show picks up seven months after the cliffhanger of last summer’s finale: A new alien species called the Vohm has arrived, and they become Falling Skies’ own version of the French. READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies': Noah Wyle teases mysteries of season 3 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Falling Skies returns for a third season this Sunday with all the sci-fi elements that first attracted an audience in summer 2011: action, creep-outs, and post-apocalyptic drama. Mystery has also always been a part of the TNT show (Why did the aliens invade Earth?), but mystery and intrigue are elements the makers of Falling Skies decided to ramp up even more this year.

One of the central mysteries of the new season is the identity of a mole within the resistance. Someone within Charleston, the new capital of what remains of the United States, is feeding inside information and strategies to the alien enemy.

Noah Wyle (Tom), Moon Bloodgood (Anne), Colin Cunningham (Pope), Drew Roy (Hal), and more cast members chat about season 3 mysteries in an EW exclusive video. Watch below, then read on for what showrunner Remi Aubuchon had to say about Falling Skies mysteries, surprises, and red herrings. READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies' cast talks Spielberg, love triangles, and more at EW's CapeTown Film Festival -- VIDEO

On Friday May 3, the crowd gathered for Escape From New York at the EW CapeTown Film Festival was also treated to a special screening of the first hour of the season 3 premiere of Falling Skies and a Q&A with members of the cast.

During the Q&A session, Noah Wyle talked about Steven Spielberg being involved with every aspect of the show, from casting to editorial work. “But it’s not a presence that you feel on the set necessarily, other than wanting to do your best work, cause you know it’s being watched and handled by one of the preemptive storytellers of our time.”

Watch the video for more hints about the show below:

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'Falling Skies': Scoop about season 3 from EW's CapeTown Film Festival

Fans of TNT’s Falling Skies now have just a little over a month to wait before they see how the 2nd Mass is getting along with new alien arrivals, how Anne’s pregnancy is going, how that creepy crawly parasite is affecting Hal, and the next chapters to other cliffhangers from last summer’s season 2 finale. Ahead of the show’s June 9 season 3 premiere date, EW screened the first half of the two-hour season opener at our inaugural CapeTown Film Festival on Friday night at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre.

The audience at the event sponsored by TNT was also treated to a Q&A with showrunner Remi Aubuchon and cast members Noah Wyle (Tom), Moon Bloodgood (Anne), Maxim Knight (Matt), and Drew Roy (Hal).

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'Falling Skies': Moon Bloodgood discusses Tom and Anne's baby and her own real-life new bundle of joy -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Falling Skies has drawn in viewers over its first two seasons not only with its ever-morphing alien mythology, delightfully grotesque horror moments, and intense action scenes, but also with its family drama — which will get more complicated in the upcoming season 3 with a new addition to the Mason family: Tom and Anne’s baby.

Playing Dr. Anne Glass, 2nd Mass medic and love interest for Noah Wyle’s Tom Mason, has given actress Moon Bloodgood the chance to flex some of the same action-hero muscles as she did in other sci-fi projects, like Terminator Salvation. But in Falling Skies’ third season, which premieres on TNT on June 9, Anne is not quite so battle-ready since she’s very pregnant. The new season picks up about seven months after the season 2 finale when Anne found out she’s pregnant after the 2nd Mass arrived in Charleston.

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TNT announces summer premiere dates for new Dwayne Johnson series, 'Rizzoli & Isles,' 'Falling Skies,' more

The countdown to the final episodes of the 2012-2013 season for many broadcast network shows began last week, as ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS and the CW announced their season finale dates. But fans of TNT shows can now mark their calendars for the return of shows like Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles. The cable network announced their summer premiere dates today.

TNT has four new series lined up for this summer. The first to debut is The Hero, a reality competition series that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosts. TNT describes it as a show that “will bring nine ordinary people together and assign them various missions testing their brains, their brawn and even their morality.” The Hero will be the lead-in for another new competition series, the Survivor-esque 72 Hours, which drops three competing teams in the wilderness with only one bottle of water and a GPS. The contestants have three days to find a hidden briefcase full of cash.

Check out the full list of TNT’s summer premieres below: READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies': TNT unveils first footage from season 3, announces season 2 DVD/Blu-ray release date -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fans of Falling Skies still have what feels like a long wait until the TNT sci-fi show returns this summer, but here are a couple things to whet your appetite for intense alien-fighting drama before the season 3 premiere.

Check out your first glimpse of season 3 in the EW exclusive video below. The writers and producers review questions left unanswered by season 2’s cliffhanger ending, followed by the debut of footage from the upcoming season at the end of the video.

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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): The making of the 'Falling Skies' aliens

Building molds of giant, insect-like legs, directing a motion-capture performer to move like an alien, bouncing around ideas of how to freak out the viewers at home — it’s all in a day’s work for the team behind alien invasion show Falling Skies.

The TNT sci-fi drama has brought the invasion’s survivors face-to-face with all manner of extraterrestrial foes from the six-legged to the massive and metallic to the tall and regal. Here, in a piece originally published last August, we find out how. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.

And at any moment there could be a new threat to the 2nd Mass, the Boston-born militia regiment at the center of the show. Falling Skies, which earned a 2012 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, features the work of two vfx companies: MASTERSFX, which primarily works on the show’s practical effects, and Zoic Studios, which focuses on the digital side. The two companies have teamed up before for such shows as Six Feet Under, True Blood and Fringe.

It’s a hybrid approach – the marrying of the practical and the computer-generated – that’s becoming increasingly popular in the entertainment industry. READ FULL STORY

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