Looking a bit like a “Walking Dead” wanna-be, TNT’s trailer for the upcoming series “Falling Skies” has a few interesting moments, though it still feels like every alien show you’ve already seen. The critters themselves are pretty cool, but according to producer/writer Mark Verheiden (“Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville”), the show will focus on the characters’ humanity. Resistance leader Tom Mason (Noah Wyle, “ER”) and widow, Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood, Terminator Salvation) develop a relationship as they try to survive. (Wyle looks like he’s sleepwalking through this thing, so I’m not sure how he’s supposed to save civilization.) The series is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, but if there isn’t more to the show than the trailer reveals, I don’t know how compelled audiences will be to watch. They’ve already stumbled down this road with “V” and “The Event”.
I’m a fool for aliens no matter how many creepy critters and spaceships I’ve seen - so I’ll at least give them a chance to grab me. “Falling Skies” also stars Will Patton (Armaggedon, “24”), Drew Roy (Secretariat, “Lincoln Heights”) and will premiere June, 2011.