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TNT Sets Falling Skies Premiere

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TNT Sets <i>Falling Skies</i> Premiere

Falling Skies, the heavily promoted alien-invasion drama from executive producer Steven Spielberg, will debut on Sunday, June 19, TNT announced today. The two-hour premiere will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT, then the series will settle into its regular 10 p.m. time slot for the remainder of its 10-episode first season.

Starring Noah Wyle (ER, The Librarian), Falling Skies centers on a history professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying extraterrestrial force. It was created by Spielberg and Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat, who penned the pilot. Carl Franklin, one of six directors for the Spielberg-produced HBO miniseries The Pacific, helmed the pilot.

TNT also announced the series premiere of the lighthearted legal drama Franklin & Bash (Wednesday, June 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT), and the returns of Men of a Certain Age (Wednesday, June 1, at 10 p.m.), Memphis Beat (Tuesday, June 14, at 9 p.m.), HawthoRNe (Tuesday, June 14, at 10 p.m.), Leverage (Sunday, June 26, at 9 p.m.), The Closer (Monday, July 11, at 9 p.m.) and Rizzoli & Isles (Monday, July 11, at 10 p.m.).

Watch a trailer for Falling Skies below:

FALLING SKIES opens in 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 the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.

At the center of the series is Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a Boston history professor whose family has been torn apart. His wife was killed in the initial attack, and one of his three sons has been captured. Determined to get his son back and to ensure the safety of his other two sons, Tom must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as one of the leaders of the resistance movement known as the 2nd Mass, because of their location in Boston, Mass. They are constantly trying to gain intelligence about the aliens in order to one day outsmart and overtake them and hopefully rebuild their lives.

Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) co-stars as Anne Glass, a pediatrician who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic upheaval in their lives. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT’s Into the West) plays a fierce leader of the resistance, Weaver. The series also stars Drew Roy (Secretariat) as Hal, Tom’s oldest son and a growing fighter in the resistance movement; Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom’s youngest son; Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club) as Ben, Tom’s son who was captured by aliens; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps Anne in the group’s makeshift medical clinic. Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car) is John Pope, the leader of an outlaw motorcycle gang and Sarah Carter (Shark) is Margaret, a wary survivor of Pope’s gang.

FALLING SKIES focuses on the resilience of the survivors and their determination to maintain their humanity when all else has been destroyed. It is a tale of endurance, commitment and courage in which everyday people are called upon to become heroes. They may be outmatched, outnumbered and outgunned, but nothing can beat the human spirit. Most of all, the series is about the ties that bind people together in the most difficult of circumstances.

The aliens in the series are mighty, mysterious and merciless. They are highly intelligent and use military-like tactics, which makes them an overwhelming force against the 2nd Mass. There are two types of aliens that the human survivors have named Skitters and Mechs. Combining live action and special visual effects, the Skitters have spider-like bodies and incredible strength and agility. The deadly, robotic Mechs stand upright and can shoot bullets from their arms. The aliens control captured children, like Tom’s son Ben, through bio-mechanical harnesses but have yet to reveal their ultimate plan for them.

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