TNT has debuted the first trailer for Falling Skies, an alien invasion drama executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle (ER) stars as “a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force.” Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Drew Roy (Secretariat), Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters), and Seychelle Gabriel (The Last Airbender) also star.
My hope is that the Spielberg influence acts as a counterbalance to the potential limitations of a basic cable budget. The trailer is encouraging in this respect, in that I see nothing hokey about what is presented. Certainly nothing that my man Noah Wyle can’t overcome. Judge for yourself after the jump.
To frame an extraterrestrial presence from a child’s point of view seems like a very Spileberg-ian thing to do. This exchange really struck me:
“We weren’t gonna attack them with the nuclear bombs because they might’ve wanted to be friends. But they didn’t want to be friends.”
“Not at all.”
Now if we could just get a trailer for the other sci-fi drama produced by Steven Spielberg that premieres in summer 2011, Terra Nova.
Here’s the official synopsis for Falling Skies:
FALLING SKIES is an exciting new series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle (ER, TNT’s The Librarian movies) stars as a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) co-stars as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation. The series also stars Drew Roy (Lincoln Heights) as Hal and Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom’s two sons; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT’s Into the West) will play a recurring role as a fierce resistance fighter.