Noah Wyle On His ‘Falling Skies’ Role: ‘It Was Time to Step Up

by | June 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM | Falling Skies, Interviews, TV News

Noah-WylieIn case you haven’t heard, there’s a new summer series with must-see buzz. It’s “Falling Skies,” the TNT science fiction series that comes from executive producer Steven Spielberg and stars Noah Wyle as a Boston history professor whose family has been torn apart (his wife killed, one son captured) after an alien attack has left the world incapacitated. He leads a coalition of every day people in a battle for survival against the invading Skitters. “Falling Skies,” which premieres Sunday, June 19, at 9 pm, doesn’t reheat this familiar plot as much as it re-imagines the favorite with flavorful twists and new ingredients (i.e.- the aliens are cool). “Serious without being grim, uplifting without being saccharine,” said a review in the L.A. Times. “It’s “Jericho” meets “V,” with the good from both and the bad discarded,” added the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’ll raise the summer-TV bar significantly.”
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Watch behind-the-scenes of "Falling Skies."
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Much credit goes to the top-notch cast, including Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy and, of course, Wyle. After 15 years as Dr. John Carter on “E.R.,” Wyle was content to enjoy time off and work on the occasional movie – that is until he got the itch to go back to work. Then the question became, what to do? “I didn’t want to do 22 shows a year,” he explains. “I had these offers from TNT, like 4 different pilot scripts,” he says. “I asked my eight-year-old son, Owen, what did he want to see his dad be: a policeman, a lawyer, an insurance adjuster or an alien fighter? The choice was made very simple.”

Set your DVR to record “Falling Skies” here.

But Wyle is quick to point out that “Falling Skies” was more than kid stuff. “There were three themes that just screamed off the page at me and resonated with where I’m at in life,” he continues. “First was to play a father, which I haven’t really done before – and I am a father, father of two. Then, to sort of step up and be a leader of an ensemble, which, you know, I’ve worked very comfortably hiding in the midst of one for a while, but I haven’t really stepped up to the plate. It was time to try and carry one, like a quarterback. And this notion of loss and tragedy and how you rebound from that and work through it. Those three things, I thought were really compelling about the character and I thought, okay, there was enough that interested me there to allow me to use my work as catharsis and enjoy myself.”

And? “I think it’s good. Very good.”