TNT has no idea how fans will react to a Season 1 of “Falling Skies,” but that’s not stopping the cable channel from looking ahead to Season 2.
Remi Aubuchon — whose pilot concept to Syfy was later turned into the short-lived “Battlestar Galactica” prequel “Caprica” — will be the showrunner for “Falling Skies” if and when TNT decides to renew the show.
Aubuchon will take over a brand new writing room this summer if there is a second season, mostly because the time from production of the first season to air has made most of the original writers completely unavailable because of other projects, according to Deadline.com.
“Falling Skies” is a Steven Spielberg production starring Noah Wyle and produced by Spielberg’s DreamWorks TV. Aubuchon was apparently Spielberg’s first choice to run “Falling Skies,” according to reporter Nellie Andreeva. However, Aubuchon had already committed to the second season of “Stargate: Universe,” where he was an executive consultant.
Aubuchon is the son of character actor Jacques Aubuchon who appeared in more than 100 television shows between 1953 and the mid-1980s. His writing credits include “From the Earth to the Moon” in 1998, “Chicago Hope” and “24.” He received co-creator billing for “Caprica” based on a concept that was later adapted to Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica” universe by Ronald D. Moore.
Since then, Aubuchon worked on both the NBC miniseries “Persons Unknown” and SGU.
Like “Terra Nova,” which is being developed for Fox by former “Star Trek: Enterprise” showrunner Brannon Braga, “Falling Skies” is very special effects-intense, and has taken more than a year for it to make its way to television. TNT, however, seems to be firmly behind the show, and is expected to green light a second season if there is a big opening and minimal audience drop-off in the second season of the show.
“Falling Skies” is an alien invasion series created by Robert Rodat. He’s best known for his Oscar-nominated screenplay “Saving Private Ryan” as well as the 2000 film “The Patriot.” Spielberg won his second directing Oscar for his work in bringing Rodat’s “Saving Private Ryan” to life.
“Falling Skies” premieres in June on TNT.