TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 1 – “Silent Kill”

Sarah Carter in FALLING SKIES - Season 1 - "Silent Kill" | ©2011 TNT/Ken Woroner

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sechelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter Writer: Joe Weisberg Director: Fred Toye Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 10, 2011 In another major mis-step for the promising series FALLING SKIES, “Silent Kill” once again relies on the series standard formula of a bunch of world-weary dialogue at the beginning of the episode (usually about surviving), a dangerous mission, and a coda that offers hope. Of course, this formula, five episodes in, is wearing considerably thin. It also doesn’t help that […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 1 – “Grace”

Noah Wyle and his platoon on FALLING SKIES - Season One - "Grace" | ©2011 TNT/Ken Woroner

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sechelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter Writer: Melinda Hsu Taylor Director: Fred Toye Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 3, 2011 Okay, so three episodes is the limit for me on how a new series can take a limited story structure and milk it until it’s unbearable. FALLING SKIES has finally exceeded my limit. With “Grace” we’re stuck with another episode where Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) has to go on some sort of mission, avoid Skitters (the aliens), deal with […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 1 – “Prisoner of War”

Drew Roy in FALLING SKIES - Season 1 - "Prisoner of War" | ©2011 TNT/Ken Woroner

  Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sechelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter Writer: Fred Goland Director: Greg Beeman Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 26, 2011 The big question I found myself thinking while watching the third episode of FALLING SKIES – “Prisoner of War” is “why I’m increasingly getting sucked into the storytelling even though there’s a been there/done that feeling to this alien invasion series?” With V, it was all about a bunch of set-up and anticipation and little pay-off. With the movie […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 1 premiere – “The Armory”

Moon Bloodgood in FALLING SKIES - Season 1 | ©2011 TNT/Ken Woroner

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sechelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter Writer: Graham Yost Director: Greg Beeman Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 19, 2011 The second part of the two-part FALLING SKIES series premiere kicks into gear with “The Armory”, a solid episode that I would say is even better than the first hour. With a lot of the exposition out of the way, the show now gets into a groove showing the pitfalls and dangers about living with an alien overlord over your […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 1 premiere – “Live and Learn”

Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Noah Wyle, Maxim Knight and Moon Bloodgood in FALLING SKIES - Season 1 | ©2011 TNT/Frank Ockenfels

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sechelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter Writer: Robert Rodat Director: Carl Franklin Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 19, 2011 There have been so many alien invasion flicks and TV series that have dealt with the alien invasion theme, that adding another one into the mix almost seems redundant. What else can be added, that we haven’t already seen done before – and better? Still, the new TNT series FALLING SKIES hopes to stake out its own special place in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: JUSTIFIED producer Graham Yost talks about Season Two

Timothy Olyphant in JUSTIFIED | ©2011 FX/Mark Seliger

FX’s JUSTIFIED, based on characters created by revered novelist Elmore Leonard, wraps up its second season tonight, Wednesday, at 10 PM. Fans of Timothy Olyphant’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who copes with all sorts of complicated crime on his home Kentucky turf, can take solace that the hit series will be back for a third season (and probably more). Meanwhile, here’s what JUSTIFIED’s executive producer/adapter for television/show runner Graham Yost has to tell us about the show. ASSIGNMENT X: What kinds of questions do you ask yourself when you’re gearing up to make a new season? GRAHAM YOST: What’s a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Margo Martindale gets JUSTIFIED in being bad

Margo Martindale in JUSTIFIED - Season 2 - "For Blood or Money" | ©2011 FX/Prashant Gupta

FX’s hit series JUSTIFIED (Wednesdays at 10 PM) is now in its second season and already renewed for a third. In the show developed by Graham Yost from the writings of Elmore Leonard, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has come across all sorts of lawbreakers, especially now that he’s returned to his native Kentucky. However, it’s a safe bet he’s never before tangled with anyone quite like Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett, the folksy, ruthless criminal matriarch who someone described as a cross between Tony Soprano and Paula Deen. Martindale, who hails from Galveston, Texas, has had a lot of […]Read On »

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Interview: Timothy Olyphant is JUSTIFIED on his FX series

Timothy Olyphant in JUSTIFIED - Season 2 | ©2011 FX

JUSTIFIED,  based on the work of Elmore Leonard and follows the travails of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, played by Timothy Olyphant. After a, well, justified shooting in Miami, Raylan is transferred (against his wishes) back to the place where he grew up, Harlan County, Kentucky. It’s not the big city, but to say life isn’t dull would be putting it mildly. The FX series begins its second season tonight at 10 and star Olyphant is unmistakably happy about the series’ success and his work on it. ASSIGNMENT X: Would you say you’re going through a law enforcement phase in your […]Read On »

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