Thursday, March 15, 2012

Falling Skies Season 2 Date Set

Those eagerly awaiting the second season of Falling Skies now have a date to focus their energies on as TNT has announced that June 17 at 9 PM will be the date and time we get to see the 2nd Mass pick up the fight again.  The season opener is going to be a two hour premiere just like the first season with the season consisting of 10 episodes in total.

Only a few more months until we get to see what has become of Tom and how well the 2nd Mass will cope without him.  I'm sure he won't be gone soon, but the ramifications of his run-in with the aliens will likely echo throughout the entire resistance.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Falling Skies Director Discusses Season Finale

Weaver and His Gun
Director Greg Beeman has a blog post up that reveals some behind-the-scenes info relating to the Falling Skies season finale. The post contains spoilers so it's highly recommended that you watch the finale before reading the post.

Like previous posts by Beeman, this latest one sheds some light onto some of the various difficulties they go through in creating the show. For instance, the first hour of the finale, "Mutiny", was created as something called a "Bottle Show" which basically means it was on a more restricted budget to try and save up money for other episodes. Everything was going well with the episode until the final shot where Weaver rolls out with a squad to attack the aliens. For that scene the episode director, Holly Dale, really wanted to capture a specific look with the backdrop of the sun.

Unfortunately, some technical issues arose that caused them to miss the perfect moment. With it being a "Bottle Show", this normally would mean they'd just have to make do with a lesser shot, but Beeman fought for the scene and Holly was able to come back the next day and film it properly. They were able to make up money elsewhere in the end, but apparently it was a pretty close call.

Little stories like that really illustrate how much work goes into making just a single episode. As viewers, perhaps we sometimes take the end product we see on the screen for granted.

There's even more behind-the-scenes goodies on the full blog post so head on over and check it out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Falling Skies Season Finale Ratings

Looks like the Falling Skies Finale was a big hit as it drew in 5.6 million viewers - the biggest audience since the premiere. This is a pretty significant jump from the 4 million viewers all the other episodes were hovering around. I'm sure being a season finale as well as two hours long while also having a Falling Skies marathon leading up to it all boosted the numbers.

It will be very interesting to see if next year's season premiere opens with bigger numbers than this year's premiere. Either way, I'm sure the cast and crew are excited this season ended on a high note with the ratings.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cast Will Be Live Tweeting During Falling Skies Finale

If you plan on watching the 2-hour Falling Skies finale live this Sunday and are afraid of having to sit through the commercials, perhaps this bit of news about the cast live tweeting during the finale will cheer you up. That's right, executive production Mark Verheiden (@MarkVerheiden), Maggie played by Sarah Sanguin Carter (@sanguin_carter), Hal Mason played by Drew Roy (@drew_roy), John Pope played by Colin Cunningham (@CunninghamColin), and Tom Mason played by Noah Wyle (temporarily using @FallingSkiesTNT) will all be tweeting during the finale.

You can start sending in your questions now to @FallingSkiesTNT. This is definitely an interesting concept, but I'm not entirely sure how well it's going to work since most people will be watching the finale, not reading Tweets. But, as I said above, perhaps it'll be something to do during the commercials for those not using a DVR.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Falling Skies Episode 7 Ratings

The numbers continue to shine for Falling Skies as Sunday's episode brought in 4.3 million viewers. This is up from the 4 million from last week. Also, the key 18-49 demo saw a bump to 1.5 from the pretty constant 1.4 which is also great news.

With these numbers being the highest they've been since the premiere, it will be interesting to see how well the 2 hour season finale does this weekend.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Falling Skies at Comic-Con

Falling Skies had it's Comic-Con panel yesterday and the Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list of info that was discussed by the cast and crew. Be warned though, there's quite a few spoilers mentioned so those wanting to go into each episode "fresh" should probably stay away. If you don't mind the spoilers, you can also check out the Examiner's reporting of the panel, which reveals some specifics about tomorrow night's episode.

Some non spoiler info include the fact that Steven Spielberg picked out different versions of skitter makeup and that season 2 is already planned out. Nothing really all that interesting, so if you're afraid of the spoilers, you really aren't missing much by avoiding the Comic-Con reports.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Noah Wyle Nominated for Teen Choice Award

While Falling Skies may only be a few episodes into its first season, Noah Wyle has been nominated for a Teen Choice award. The category he's nominated for is "Choice Summer TV Star: Male" which includes Keegan Allen, Lucal Grabeel, Ian Harding, and Tyler Posey.

Because the award is based on the votes of teenagers, my guess is that Noah Wyle doesn't stand a chance. This is also likely why Falling Skies isn't up for "Choice Summer TV Show" when shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians", "Switched at Birth", and "Pretty Little Liars" are.

Either way, it's great to see Noah Wyle get some recognition, even if it is for the Teen Choice awards. Let's hope he can pull off an upset!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Falling Skies Episode 5 Ratings

Looks like Falling Skies ratings are finally on the upswing as last Sunday's episode brought in 4.2 million viewers - up from 3.9 the previous week. It's not a huge gain, but it does show that the audience has settled in at around that 4 million mark. This is a good sign since the network picked up the show for a second season when the numbers were about where they are now so they should be pleased with this week's ratings.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Falling Skies at Comic-Con 2011

TNT has announced that Falling Skies will once again be at Comic-Con. On Friday, July 22 the cast and crew (including Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, and Mark Verheiden) will be part of a Q&A panel session. The panel will also include clips from upcoming episodes. After the panel, the Falling Skies cast members and writer Mark Verheiden will be available for autographs.

Apparently there will also be five collectible pins to grab at various locations throughout Comic-Con. Whether or not those locations will be easily known or if you'll have to do some exploring is unknown.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Falling Skies Season 2 is a Go

Those of you doubting whether or not Falling Skies will go the way of V and The Event can fear no more as TNT announced they have already picked up Falling Skies for a second season.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the second season (same as this first season) and has slotted the summer of 2012 for the second chapter in the alien invasion saga. They site strong ratings and production values as being key reasons why they've committed to a second season so soon. It looks like it took just three nights of ratings (as well as some international premieres) to convince them that the series is a hit.

I, for one, am excited to know that a second season is already confirmed so that I won't have to worry about yet another good show being pulled after the first season. Of course, let's hope the numbers stay strong throughout this season and next so that there are many more seasons to come.