Thursday, 7 April 2011

FX UK buy TNT's 'Falling Skies'

Thursday, 7 April 2011

FX UK have bought the British rights to TNT's alien invasion series Falling Skies, which is scheduled to premiere in the US on 19 June. In a deal with Turner Broadcasting Company, FX will air the ten-part series three weeks after its Stateside debut. That's sometime in the week commencing 10 July.

Falling Skies follows a group of people who've survived an alien invasion, calling themselves the 2nd Mass, who decided to fight back against their extra-terrestrial aggressors. It stars Noah Wyle (ER), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Will Patton, Dale Dye, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight & Connor Jessup. It's produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan.)

This is great news for British viewers afraid Sky Atlantic are poised to grab any US cable series that looks promising, although FX is one of the more niche channels in the UK, so Falling Skies still won't be widely accessible. It'll be shown in HD, which is great, but three weeks is perhaps too long for most sci-fi fans to wait.

Considering FX's wise decision to show The Walking Dead just five days after AMC last year, I was hoping that kind of scheduling would become the norm. Sadly, I was wrong.

Will you be watching Falling Skies? And if so, will you wait for FX?