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Further Thoughts on 'Torchwood,' Plus Podcast Chat on 'Falling Skies,' 'The Hour' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 5th 2011 6:30PM
I'm a bit behind in posting updates about the last two podcasts, but we've got packed edition of Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan this week.

In this week's podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about TNT's 'Falling Skies,' which has its season finale Sunday, 'Torchwood,' which hits the midpoint of its Starz season tonight, and 'The Hour,' an interesting new drama that arrives on BBC America Aug. 17. I am not sure if I'll get a chance to write a full review of 'The Hour' this month, so if you're interested in the period drama, which stars Dominic West of 'The Wire' as a news anchor in mid-'50s London, you might check out our non-spoilery discussion of the show.

In the last segment, I talk about some of the things that have transpired at the Television Critics Association press tour, which I've been attending for the last two weeks.

I've got a bit more to say about the new season of 'Torchwood' further down in this post, and there are running times for the podcast below as well.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 1-7

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 31st 2011 12:30PM
Chris Harrison and JPMONDAY, AUGUST 1

'The Bachelorette' (8PM ET, ABC)
Ashley's journey comes to an end in Fiji, but will her happy ending come courtesy of Ben or JP? It won't be smooth sailing to get to the final rose, either -- one guy has her family's blessing, and the other is declared a mismatch by Ashley's sister, oops!

'Moby Dick' (8PM ET, Encore) miniseries premiere
This lavish literary adaptation sees William Hurt and Ethan Hawke in pursuit of the great white whale in a three hour miniseries that will air across two consecutive nights. Donald Sutherland and Gillian Anderson also star.

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TNT Renews 'Falling Skies'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 7th 2011 5:00PM
Falling SkiesIt appears the alien invasion on 'Falling Skies' won't be resolved quite yet. Noah Wyle and co. will live to fight extraterrestrials for at least one more season, TNT announced today. The network ordered a 10-episode Season 2 that will air in the summer of 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," Michael Wright, executive vice president in charge of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said.

"We're reaching new audiences with 'Falling Skies' and look forward to seeing where this fascinating and exciting series takes us next," he continued.

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'Falling Skies' Ratings: Big Debut for TNT

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 20th 2011 6:00PM
'Falling SkiesFalling Skies' was watched by 5.9 million viewers, making it the highest cable premiere of the year.

According to TNT, the alien drama from DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg was seen by 2.6 million adults in the 18-49 demographic and 3.2 million adults 25-54.

'Falling Skies,' starring Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood, is set in a world following an alien attack.

"The enormous success of Falling Skies demonstrates what can happen when you partner with the best people in the business and give them what they need to do their very best work," Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM, said in a statement.

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Noah Wyle Talks Saving the World & Becoming an Action Star on 'Falling Skies'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 18th 2011 9:00AM
Noah Wyle, 'Falling Skies'It's hard to look at Noah Wyle and not see Dr. Carter from 'ER' ... but 'Falling Skies' might finally change that.

The new TNT drama (premieres Sun., June 19, 9PM ET) gives Wyle a hero's badge you can't earn in a hospital: He's helping save the world from an alien invasion. Add to that the fact that his wife was killed after the invastion and one of his three sons has been taken hostage by the visitors' spine-sucking mind-control devices that are basically a death sentence.

To say that Wyle's Tom Mason is having a rough time is an understatement.

I caught up with Wyle to talk about his career's new action star direction and why this alien invasion drama shouldn't get pegged with the sci-fi label too quickly. "I think it's TNT's attempt to try to have their cake and eat it, too -- to try and branch out and grab an audience that doesn't currently exist on their network, while still honoring the one that does by giving them what they tune in for, which is well written character pieces. I think there is something for everybody in here."

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Aliens (and Christina Aguilera) Attack the Talking TV Podcast

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 17th 2011 1:00PM
This week's second Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast is a bit of an odd mixture. Ryan McGee and I talk about 'The Voice,' NBC's hit singing show, 'Falling Skies,' an alien invasion drama that arrives on TNT Sunday, and 'Outcasts,' another sci-fi drama that premieres on Saturday on BBC America. (By the way, the photo here is of Colin Cunningham, who is one of the best things, if not the best thing, about 'Falling Skies').

Running times for the podcast are below. In case you missed it, in the podcast we recorded earlier in the week, we talked all 'Doctor Who,' all the time.

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Reviews: Are 'Falling Skies' and 'Outcasts' Summer Sci-Fi Shows Worth Watching?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 16th 2011 2:45PM
Two sci-fi pilots debuting this weekend don't bother with the pretentious throat-clearing and cryptic interludes that have tripped up many of the 'Lost' imitators of the past few years. These new shows start well after terrible disasters have mostly destroyed Earth.

'Outcasts' (9PM ET Saturday, BBC America) deftly sketches a portrait of a settlement that humanity has created on another planet after leaving Earth, and 'Falling Skies' (9PM ET Sunday, TNT) also has a refreshingly basic premise: Aliens are here and they're trying to kill us. That's what I'm talking about.

But just as aliens tend to turn up where they're least wanted, problems invade each drama fairly early on.

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Mos Def Books 'Dexter' Arc, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Guest on 'Oprah' Final Epsiode and More

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 2:00PM
Mos DefRapper-turned-actor Mos Def is the latest addition to 'Dexter' as the Showtime series adds to the cast for its sixth season.

Mos Def's multi-episode arc will see him play a born again ex-con who "seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence," according to The Hollywood Reporter. As expected, Dexter "will reveal the truth of who he really is."

The actor joins Colin Hanks as one of Dexter's season six nemeses.

In other TV news ...


Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will appear on the 'Oprah' finale. The husband and wife team will chat with Winfrey as she says goodbye after 25 years. The final episode is scheduled to air on May 25. [TV Guide]

Seth Gabel has been promoted to series regular on 'Fringe.' The 'Dirty Sexy Money' actor has recurred on the Fox sci-fi drama for the past two seasons as Lincoln Lee. [TV Line]

'Falling Skies' hasn't even premiered yet and already TNT is considering a season 2. The network is reportedly looking to hire a showrunner for the potential second season. [Deadline]

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First Look: Steven Spielberg's 'Falling Skies' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 28th 2010 2:00PM
Falling Skies, Noah WyleNoah Wyle, meet aliens. The first trailer for Steven Spielberg and TNT's summer series 'Falling Skies' has hit the web.

Set after an alien invasion, Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a history professor who becomes a leader of the human resistance. A widower thanks to the invasion, the character goes after his captured son while trying to protect his other two boys.

Spielberg and Dreamworks Television are executive producing the project, which is written by 'Saving Private Ryan' scribe Robert Rodat. The series begins in June 2011.

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