Friday, July 18, 2014

TNT Announces Series Renewals and the Last Season of 'Falling Skies'

Courtesy TNT
It looks like "Falling Skies" is coming back for its fifth season but it will be its last. The TNT drama was renewed along with "The Last Ship," which premiered on June 22.  The announcement came today via a press release that revealed that the network "...has ordered 13 episodes of "The Last Ship," an increase over its first-season order of 10 episodes. The network is also ordering 15 episodes for season four of "Major Crimes." And "Falling Skies" will mark its fifth and final season with 10 episodes."

Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) was quoted as saying, "TNT's refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas. 'The Last Ship' has become this summer's top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. 'Major Crimes' continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And 'Falling Skies' has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year's climactic final season."

Have you been watching "The Last Ship?" Let us know if you're happy about the series getting a second season. Of course we want to hear what you think about TNT announcing the fifth and final season of "Falling Skies." "The Last Ship" airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET with "Falling Skies" following at 10 p.m.

Below are the series' descriptions:

TNT's action-packed drama The Last Ship, stars Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) and is executive-produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay (Transformers). The Last Ship opens with a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world's population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, Captain Tom Chandler (Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors. Rhona Mitra (Strike Back) plays Rachel Scott, a strong-willed, intelligent and fearless paleomicrobiologist assigned to the ship. Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck) is XO Mike Slattery, a former homicide detective and Chandler's second-in-command. Also starring in The Last Ship are Travis Van Winkle (Heart of Dixie), Charles Parnell (Pariah), Christina Elmore (Fruitvale Station), Sam Spruell (Snow White and The Huntsman) and Marissa Neitling (Leverage). Based on William Brinkley's popular novel, The Last Ship comes to TNT from Bay's Platinum Dunes and its partners, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, whose credits include the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Bay, Fuller and Form have served as executive producers along with series co-creators Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace, The Nine) and Steven Kane (The Closer), and director Jack Bender (Lost).

TNT's epic drama Falling Skies – from Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg – tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a college professor who became an unlikely resistance leader. Moon Bloodgood is Dr. Anne Glass, a pediatrician who became the survivors' primary physician and eventually fell in love with Tom. Will Patton is Colonel Weaver, the gruff and emotionally scarred commander leading the battle against the invaders. Also starring in Falling Skies are Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Colin Cunningham, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Sarah Carter, Doug Jones and Scarlett Byrne. Since premiering as basic cable's #1 new series of 2011, Falling Skies has ranked as one of the Top 20 original series on basic cable with total viewers and key adult demos. In addition to Spielberg, Falling Skies is executive-produced by Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, along with David Eick and Greg Beeman.

-Larissa Mrykalo