The Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion drama Falling Skies has been renewed for a second season by TNT, after airing just four episodes of its 10-part run. The show has proven to be a ratings smash, with a gigantic 5.91m watching the premiere (the year's best US cable launch), and the drop-off over subsequent weeks still places it at a very good 4.07m.
Michael Wright, TNT's Head of Programming:
"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. We're reaching new audiences with Falling Skies and look forward to seeing where this fascinating and exciting series takes us next."Producer Mark Verheiden recently revealed Skies' writers have already started planning for a second season, saying:
"When you get to the end of the first season you'll see that we've just scratched the surface about what's going on, so there are definitely long-term plans."And now we'll be able to see what those plans are next year! Also, audiences don't have to fear being left in the lurch at the end of season 1, as Camelot and The Event's fans have been recently, so that's a relief.
Falling Skies continues every Sunday on TNT, and has just started airing on FX UK every Tuesday. The second season will debut next summer with another 10 episodes.