Earlier this year we showed you a preview of Falling Skies, the new alien invasion series set to premiere next month on TNT in the United States (story). The Stargate connection was actor Colin Cunningham (SG-1‘s Major Davis), who has a supporting role on the show. Now one of Stargate‘s producers is joining the show behind the camera.
Deadline reports today that TNT has hired Remi Aubuchon as executive producer and showrunner of Falling Skies, should the series see a second season. (The 10-episode first season was shot far in advance, because the effects-heavy series has a long post-production schedule.) The network is strongly behind the show, according to reports, and seems likely to give it an early pick-up if it premieres strongly and doesn’t have a major ratings drop in its second week.
Because of the production lag, members of the show’s writing staff is also committed to various other projects now. So Aubuchon’s first duty is to assemble a new writing team to supervise.
“Fingers crossed,” Aubuchon said about the possibility of the show’s renewal. Having seen the entire first season, he said that he thinks “they’re pretty awesome.”
Aubuchon was originally approached to helm the show’s first season, but had already committed himself to Stargate Universe. He joined the staff of SGU in its second season, having previously worked on Persons Unknown and Caprica. He wrote two episodes, “Visitation” and “Seizure.”
Falling Skies stars Noah Wyle (ER) and Moon Bloodgood (Journeyman, Terminator: Salvation), and is executive produced by Steven Spielberg. “Steven is very involved in the show, which is one of his pet projects,” Aubuchon said. “He has a lot of passion for it. I think it is exciting to work with him, and I think a lot of writers would be looking forward to that.”
The new show premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9/8c on TNT. Watch the latest trailer below, and read more in the new SciFi Stream show guide!