TNT’s summer sci-fi drama Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final season, and the network also gave a second-season order to freshman hit The Last Ship and a fourth-season pickup to Major Crimes. Falling Skies‘ final run will be for 10 episodes. TNT has ordered 13 episodes of Last Ship, an increase over its first-season order of 10 episodes. The network is also ordering 15 episodes of Major Crimes. Negotiations on a renewal of TNT’s top drama Rizzoli & Isles are underway, with that pickup expected soon. No decision yet on TNT’s other freshman drama, Murder in the First, which has not been as strong as Last Ship
I hear it was the producers’ wish to finish Falling Skies after five seasons as they felt that was the time they needed to wrap the story in the best possible way. For TNT, the pending loss of the demo rating dynamo would have been a big blow had it not been for the arrival of another breakout adventure drama, Michael Bay’s The Last Ship, which this summer, much like Rizzoli & Isles, came on just before previous TNT flagship, The Closer, wrapped its run. Falling Skies helped launch Last Ship much like The Closer launched Rizzoli & Isles. Last Ship has averaged more than 7.2 million viewers in Live + 7 and ranks as basic cable’s #1 scripted series this summer with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 as well as also cable’s #1 new series for … Read More »
Network and studio marketers have been buying up every bit of space they can in San Diego to promote their wares at Comic-Con. TNT has managed to find a pristine place though to promote its new Sean Bean-starring drama series Legends: the airport. The takeover of San Diego International Airport the week of July 21 will include Legends imagery and messaging at baggage claim carousels, escalators and skyway bridges. That will be in addition to traditional promos including Gaslamp Quarter billboards.
Last year’s marketing blitzes around town during Comic-Con included a massive Helix banner from Syfy that wrapped around the Marriott Hotel next to the San Diego Convention Center, and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. signage on train cars.
TNT’s confab lineup this year includes summer hit The Last Ship – that marketing push includes a party aboard the USS Midway at the city’s Navy Pier — and Falling Skies. The former’s panel is July 24 at 1:45 PM in Room 6A of the convention center and the latter’s is the next day at 4:30 PM in Room 6BCF.
The Legends panel Thursday at the convention center includes cast Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut and Tina Majorino with executive producers Howard Gordon and David Wilcox. The session will open with a screening of the first episode of the series ahead of its August 13 premiere.
TNT has released the new trailer for Season 4 of alien invasion drama Falling Skies, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Carter star. Season 4 premieres on June 22 at 10 PM. Check it out:
UPDATE, 3:30 PM: The network has now announced its full summer schedule joining the series premieres of The Last Ship and Legends. It includes the series premiere of Steven Bochco’s new crime drama Murder In The First on Monday, June 9 at 1o PM, following the Season 3 premiere of Major Crimes at 9 PM. The full schedule and the newly released Murder In The First trailer is below the original story.
PREVIOUS, MONDAY AM: The series premiere of TNT‘s action drama The Last Ship from Michael Bay will premiere on Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM, followed by the Season 4 bow of the network’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies at 10 PM. TNT’s other new drama, Legends, has been given a 9 PM Wednesday, August 20 launch date. The trio join returning summer runs for Major Crimes, Rizzoli & Isles, Perception and Franklin & Bash, new episodes of Dallas, and the launch of Stephen Bochco’s new crime drama Murder In The First — those dates have yet to be announced. Today’s news was announced during TNT’s panel at SXSW, which includes a sneak peek of Last Ship, which stars Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra and centers on a Navy vessel that may be humanity’s last hope in the wake of a worldwide catastrophe. Check out the sneak below as well as trailers for the other two series: Read More »
Scarlett Byrne, who played Pansy Parkinson in the final three Harry Potter movies, has joined the cast of TNT‘s alien drama Falling Skies as a new series regular. She plays a mysterious young woman with special powers and an unusual connection to the alien invaders. Byrne’s character, who is said to be key to the story next season, is featured in the final frame (pictured right) of the recently released first Season 4 trailer. (You can watch it below). Byrne, repped by the BWH Agency, Schumacher Management, and Hansen Jacobsen, recently wrapped the feature Skybound.
Argentinian Juan Pablo di Pace (NBC‘s Camp) has joined TNT‘s soapy drama Dallas as new regular. He will play Nicolas Treviño, a powerful self-made billionaire businessman who comes across as a good, genuine guy, even though there are darker parts of his personality which he’s hiding. He is repped by Paula Rosenberg and Jamie Feldman. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Mira Sorvino is set to recur on the fourth season of TNT‘s popular alien invasion drama Falling Skies, set for a summer 2014 premiere. She will play Sara, a woman far removed from her former life as a graphic designer who is now dogged by death at every turn, yet she has never felt more alive, free or fearless. A chance encounter with guerrilla fighter John Pope (Colin Cunningham) leads her to join the resistance and develop a strong personal bond with the outlaw-turned-warrior. This marks Oscar winner Sorvino’s return to TNT where she recently toplined drama pilot Trooper. Falling Skies is produced by DreamWorks TV.
Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor.
Although sci-fi, horror and fantasy programs have long been among the most popular with viewers, popularity with Emmy voters has been tougher to come by. For every Game Of Thrones—which earned 17 Emmy noms, including drama series—there’s a Walking Dead left nearly empty-handed. In fact, AMC’s zombie-apocalypse drama earned just two below-the-line noms, despite a critically acclaimed performance from leading man Andrew Lincoln and a record-breaking year in ratings.
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It’s little comfort knowing that The Walking Dead is far from alone. The series is following an Emmy pattern established by hugely popular and influential TV franchises—such as Star Trek, Stargate SG-1 and Buffy The Vampire Slayer—that earned awards attention almost exclusively for visual effects, sound, music and makeup. And when it comes to the most visible Primetime Emmy categories, a mere handful of genre shows have broken through to nominations—and even fewer wins: The X-Files, Lost and, most recently, HBO’s Game Of Thrones and FX’s American Horror Story. Read More »
Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor.
While television visual-effects producers are far from immune to the same market forces that recently have rocked the film world, the serial nature of TV and its inherent short deadlines allow facilities and effects artists to find a satisfying and stable niche. “The predictability of the television season helps us,” says Andrew Orloff, co-owner and visual-effects supervisor of Zoic Studios, whose clients include TNT’s Emmy-nominated Falling Skies and ABC’s Once Upon A Time. “We built our business model on serving a bunch of different markets, and we’ve done pretty well.”
With shows going from shooting to air in two or three weeks, effects need to be done extremely quickly and to a high standard. “It can be a blessing and a curse,” says Mat Beck, president of Entity FX, which works on Emmy nominee Game Of Thrones, as well as Vampire Diaries, Mike & Molly and The Following. “What is hard is, you have to get stuff done crazy quickly. The blessing is you’re in a disciplined environment, timewise, and you have to zero in on the best solution.” Read More »
The Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Falling Skies has been a hit for TNT in the U.S. Will it become an even bigger success in China? Singapore-based online video site Viki thinks so. The company, which offers ad-supported streaming of content from around the world, has distribution deals with three platforms in China: It signed with Renren (aka the Facebook of China) last year and just pacted with VOD sites LeTV and Xunlei Kankan, each of which has a dedicated VikiZone channel. Viki just launched Falling Skies on all three services, with the show quickly jumping to No. 2 on search giant Baidu Video’s list of the most-searched U.S series. In aggregate in the last two weeks, Falling Skies has been viewed more than 7 million times locally. (The Noah Wyle-starrer kicked off its 3rd season in the U.S. on June 9 with just over 4.2 million viewers.) It also generated 630,000 posts on Weibo, China’s Twitter, in a single week, Viki says. Viki has made waves since it was founded in 2007, impressing tech experts and investors with its unique model. It offers content from around the world which is subtitled in more than 150 languages by a group of volunteer translators. Content providers include Cartoon Newtork, TNT, … Read More »
New Falling Skies showrunner David Eick has started to put together a strong writing staff for the hit TNT drama’s fourth season. Veteran showrunner Carol Barbee has joined the alien-invasion series as a consulting producer. She recently worked with Eick on Fox’s Touch where she was an executive producer and he was a consulting producer. Season 3 of Falling Skies, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle, kicks off with a two-hour premiere June 9. It is yet to be renewed for a fourth season though that is considered a formality as Falling Skies is TNT’s #1 scripted series in the younger demos. WME-repped Barbee previously served as executive producer/showrunner on cult CBS drama Jericho which, similarly to Falling Skies, was set in a post-apocalyptic world.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Battlestar Galactica executive producer and Caprica co-creator/exec producer David Eick has come on board TNT’s hit alien-invasion drama Falling Skies as executive producer/showrunner. On the show, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle, he replaces fellow Caprica co-creator/exec producer Remi Aubuchon, who is leaving after serving as showrunner for the past two seasons. Season 3 of Falling Skies kicks off with a two-hour premiere June 9. Eick is expected to begin assembling a writing staff to start working on Season 4 in anticipation of pickup. (Because of Falling Skies‘ complicated shoot and laborious post-production process due to elaborate special effects, the writers on the show normally get a head start before an official green light so the gap between seasons is not too big.) Read More »
The agreements with Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution will add the TNT dramas to the Prime Instant Video catalog. Those who pay $79 a year for Amazon Prime — which also provides free shipping for merchandise bought from the e-retailer — will be able to see all seven seasons of The Closer as well as current and future seasons of Falling Skies. The Prime Instant Video service works on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD (of course) as well as devices from Apple, Roku, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s Wii U. “Subscription-on-demand services continue to grow in the consumer marketplace, and this deal represents a way to help expand our viewership from TV Everywhere and introduce a wider audience to this hit series,” says Turner Broadcasting SVP Program Acquisitions Deborah Bradley.
EXCLUSIVE: In his first post-House gig, Robert Sean Leonard has signed on for a five-episode arc on TNT’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies. Also set for a five-episode arc on the upcoming third season of Falling Skies is ER alumna Gloria Reuben, reuniting with her ER co-star, Falling Skies‘ leading man Noah Wyle.
Leonard, repped by WME and manager Danny Sussman, will play Roger Kadar, PhD, an obsessive but gifted scientist who runs Charleston’s power grid and lives underground with his pet rats. The children of New Charleston, intrigued by his cool science toys and unusual pets, eventually dub him “The Rat King.” For the past eight seasons, Leonard played Gregory House’s (Hugh Laurie) best friend and moral compass Dr. James Wilson on the Fox medical drama. Following his arc on Falling Skies, he is likely to return to series full-time as he is already fielding interest for pilots.
Reuben, repped by APA and manager Estelle Lasher, will play Marina Perlata, an aide to Wyle’s Tom Mason, who has been one of the leaders from the human resistance movement against an invading alien force. Attractive and a very put together woman, Marina is extremely intelligent and her political knowledge and experience could prove extremely helpful to Tom. This marks Reuben’s return to TNT where she starred in the legal drama Raising The Bar. She will next be seen in Lincoln.
The Season 2 debut of TNT‘s sci-fi drama series Falling Skies last month faced competition from the NBA Finals and drew 4.5 million viewers, down 24% from its series debut, which was cable’s No. 1 series launch last year in the adults 18-49 demo. But there was little doubt that the series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg wouldn’t earn a third-season pickup — it also has been a success in the 115 overseas markets where it has launched. Ten episodes have been ordered for Season 3, which are set to air in 2013. The renewal comes just in time for Comic-Con this week: TNT is bringing the series’ stars — Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton and others, along with executive producer Remi Aubuchon – to San Diego for a session tomorrow.
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Frank Darabont’s LA Noir continues to gain momentum at TNT. I hear the project, Darabont’s followup to The Walking Dead, is expected to land a series order after TNT brass officially screen it early next month. LA Noir tells the true story of a decades-long conflict between the LAPD, under the determined leadership of Police Chief Parker (Neal McDonough), and ruthless criminal elements led by mobster Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of LA’s criminal world.
Additionally, TNT may renew all four series currently on the air. Rizzoli & Isles and freshman Dallas are considered shoe-ins — Rizzoli & Isles is The Closer‘s heir apparent as TNT’s new flagship series, and Dallas is considered a marquee property. Despite a significant dropoff in Week 2, Falling Skies is still the No.1 scripted cable show in adults 18-49. The sci-fi series also anchors TNT’s genre Sunday night and is big internationally, making it even more lucrative for the network, which owns it. That makes a renewal is likely. Franklin & Bash posted an encouraging ratings uptick this week though TNT will probably monitor the dramedy’s performance for another week or two before making a decision. Franklin & Bash star Breckin Meyer just got a renewal for his other series at Turner, TBS comedy Men At Work, which he created and exec produces but doesn’t appear in.