TNT renews 'Falling Skies' for a second season

falling-skies2-320.jpgIt's going to take longer than 10 episodes to deal with the alien invasion on "Falling Skies."

TNT has ordered a second season of the series, which stars Noah Wyle as a leader of resistance fighters in the wake of an alien invasion. Season 2 is scheduled to air in summer 2012.

"'Falling Skies' is a true standout series, from its ambitious storytelling, high-profile cast and production team to its phenomenal success when it comes to international and time-shifted viewing," TNT head of programming Michael Wright says. "We're reaching new audiences with 'Falling Skies' and look forward to seeing where this fascinating and exciting series takes us next."

In addition to Wyle, the series stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Colin Cunningham and Peter Shinkoda. Steven Spielberg is among the executive producers; Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan") created the show.

The June 19 premiere drew 5.9 million viewers in its initial airing; the audience grew to 8 million people in the live +7 ratings. The two subsequent episodes have averaged 4.1 million viewers, with DVR numbers still to be calculated.

Season 2 of "Falling Skies" is scheduled for summer 2012.
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