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TNT Greenlights 10 Hours Of Steven Spielberg’s Still-Untitled Alien-Invasion Series!!

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TNT has greenlit 10 episodes of its untitled alien-invasion series from the “Saving Private Ryan” team of producer Steven Spielberg and Robert Rodat. The project reunites Spielberg also with his “ER” star Noah Wyle. TNT launches it sometime next year. “The series opens shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population,” reads the press release issued Thursday. “The aliens are now rounding up the few people left, but they are met with strong resistance from a group of soldiers and civilians who fight for their survival all while struggling to maintain their humanity. Wyle plays Tom Mason, "a former college history professor who becomes the reluctant leader of one of the resistance groups." Drew Roy (“Lincoln Heights”) and Maxim Knight (“Brothers & Sisters”) play the Wyle character’s two sons. These, I’m guessing, are their love interests:

Moon Bloodgood (“Journeyman,” “Terminator Salvation”) plays Anne Glass, the hottest therapist alive.

Jessy Schram (“Crash”) plays Karen, the hottest motorcycle scout alive.

Seychelle Gabriel (“Weeds”) plays Lourdes, the hottest orphaned teenager who helps run the group's commissary alive. Here’s the whole TNT press release:
TNT Aggressively Expands Original Programming Slate By Greenlighting Three New Original Series Alien Invasion Series Stars Noah Wyle, Produced by DreamWorks Television And Executive-Produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Robert Rodat Offbeat Drama DELTA BLUES (working title) Stars Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard, Produced by Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television, And Executive-Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Writer Liz W. Garcia RIZZOLI & ISLES (working title), Based on Tess Gerritsen's Popular Mystery Novels, Stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, Produced by Warner Horizon Television and Ostar Productions, And Executive-Produced by Writer Janet Tamaro and Bill Haber As part of a continuing strategy to expand its slate of original programming, TNT has given the greenlight to three new original series: a bold alien-invasion series from DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg that stars Noah Wyle (ER, TNT's The Librarian movies); DELTA BLUES (working title), an offbeat series starring Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) and Alfre Woodard (Three Rivers) and produced for TNT by George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television; and RIZZOLI & ISLES (working title), a crime drama starring Angie Harmon (Law & Order, Women's Murder Club) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS), based on Tess Gerritsen's popular mystery novels and produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television and Ostar Productions. TNT's announcement brings to 10 the total number of original series currently on the TNT slate. "We're very happy with the quality and performance of our original programming, and we're excited to be expanding our horizons with these excellent new shows," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "These three series ranging from science-fiction to a quirky drama to a gripping crime procedural are wide ranging in their appeal and subject matter. They're rich in character, with great performances and engaging stories. And with their emphasis on relatable, everyday heroes, they're a great fit with our lineup." TNT has ordered 10 episodes of each of the three new series, with plans to have DELTA BLUES and RIZZOLI & ISLES premiere in 2010 and the untitled alien-invasion series debut in 2011. TNT's announcement comes on the heels of the network ordering a second season of its acclaimed hit series MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. Also returning are THE CLOSER, starring Kyra Sedgwick, which will be enjoying its sixth season, and SAVING GRACE, starring Holly Hunter, which will wrap up its third season this year with nine final episodes. HAWTHORNE, starring Jada Pinkett Smith, and DARK BLUE, starring Dylan McDermott, both return for their second seasons. TNT has also ordered a third season of LEVERAGE, starring Timothy Hutton. The network is currently airing SOUTHLAND, with new episodes set to begin in March. The following are details for each of the three newly greenlit series: Untitled Alien-Invasion Series In this series from DreamWorks Television, Noah Wyle will star as the leader of a rag-tag group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. The project is being executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, along with DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and screenwriter Robert Rodat. Rodat, who earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Saving Private Ryan, wrote the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg. The pilot was directed by Carl Franklin (One False Move, Out of Time). "This series has the potential to be one of the most exciting and provocative shows on television," Wright said. "It grabs your heart and mind from the start and doesn't let go. It combines personal human drama with dynamic action to create the kind of series people will be talking about the morning after. We are especially thrilled to be working once again with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, as well as Noah Wyle and the extremely talented cast of veterans and newcomers around him." The series opens shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population. The aliens are now rounding up the few people left, but they are met with strong resistance from a group of soldiers and civilians who fight for their survival all while struggling to maintain their humanity. Wyle plays Tom Mason, a former college history professor who becomes the reluctant leader of one of the resistance groups. Also starring in the series are Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation; Drew Roy (Lincoln Heights) as Hal and Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom's two sons; Jessy Schram (Crash) as Karen, who is one of the survivors' motorcycle scouts; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group's commissary. This project marks Wyle's fifth venture with TNT, following three popular Librarian action-adventure movies and the acclaimed movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. TNT previously worked with DreamWorks Television on 2005's award-winning limited series Into the West. DELTA BLUES (working title) DELTA BLUES, an offbeat series starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard, comes to TNT from George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television. The pilot for DELTA BLUES was directed by Emmy nominee Clark Johnson (The Shield) from a script by Liz W. Garcia (Cold Case) and actor Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight). Clooney, Heslov and Garcia serve as executive producers. Henry Bronchtein (The Sopranos) and Smokehouse's Abby Wolf-Weiss are co-executive producers, and Harto is a producer. In addition, Johnson served as executive-producer on the pilot. "With a collection of unique characters brought to life by a stunning cast, DELTA BLUES is truly a one-of-a-kind series," said Wright. "We're very excited to be working with the outstanding producers at Smokehouse and Warner Horizon as we add DELTA BLUES to TNT's slate." In DELTA BLUES, Lee plays Dwight Hendricks, a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother. His intimate connection with the city and its people sets him apart from his fellow officers. Woodard plays Lt. Tanya Rice, a demanding boss determined to keep Dwight on a short leash. Also starring in DELTA BLUES are Celia Weston (Junebug) as Dwight's mother; Sam Hennings as Charlie White, aka Whitehead, his partner; Robyn Lively (Saving Grace) as Charlene, Dwight's ex-wife; Leonard Earl Howze (Barbershop) as Reginald Greenback, a detective who works with Dwight and Whitehead; Abraham Benrubi (ER), a detective who uses Chickasaw tribal wisdom in his work; and DJ Qualls (My Name Is Earl) as Sutton, Dwight's protg. RIZZOLI & ISLES (working title) RIZZOLI & ISLES, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, is based on Tess Gerritsen's popular mystery novels. It comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television and is being executive-produced by Janet Tamaro and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions (TNT's Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, TCM's upcoming Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood). Michael M. Robin (TNT's The Closer) directed and executive-produced the pilot, which was written by Tamaro (Bones, Lost) and co-executive-produced by Jeff Hayes. "TNT is home to some of television's most powerful female characters, and RIZZOLI & ISLES certainly fits that identity," said Wright. "We're delighted to be working with Angie, Sasha and the rest of the talented cast of RIZZOLI & ISLES as well as the show's outstanding production team, as we bring Tess Gerritsen's vision to television." In RIZZOLI & ISLES, Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a Boston detective who works closely with medical examiner Maura Isles (Alexander) to solve crimes. Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) plays a recurring role as Jane's mother. Also starring in the series are Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward), who plays Jane's current partner, Barry Frost; Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Det. Vince Korsak, Jane's seasoned former partner; Jordan Bridges (Dawson's Creek) as Jane's brother, Frankie, a patrol cop who hopes to become a detective; and Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) as FBI agent Gabriel Dean. TNT, one of cable's top-rated networks, is television's destination for drama and home to such original series as the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick; Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula; Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter; HawthoRNe, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Dark Blue, starring Dylan McDermott; as well as the newly acquired Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, CSI: NY and Numb3rs; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is available in high-definition. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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  • Jan. 21, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Black Jesus

    First

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Speilberg and aliens?!

    by Ronald Raygun

    Wow!! Why haven't they thought of this before?!

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Uh, yeah...

    by Master Bruce

    liked it better when it was called V.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    YAWN!

    by Nick Michalak

    Hasn't this concept been done to death by in both good and bad ways? Emmerich does this concept about every three years, just substituting aliens for natural disasters (sometimes). And yeah, Speilberg & aliens? Shocking! Blah, blah, blah. Stick it on SyFy, and let it die a slow death.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    I'll give TNT this...

    by Jaka

    At least they TRY to make good TV. Sometimes I wonder about the old big three. Fox seems to try a little harder. But TNT has really been attempting to produce good hour long dramas in the last few years. However, because of the people involved, I would have checked this one out if it was on Telemundo.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Maybe it will be good.

    by blackwood

    I could always go for some quality sci-fi.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    WOOKIE BONER

    by Wookie_Boner

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Why does TNT Love Noah Wyle?

    by RainesMaker

    He can't act.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I love Moon

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    No not the one in space

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    that blonde is gorgeous...wow.

    by Bouncy X

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Alien Invasion

    by somethingeasytoremember

    A small group of humans fighting off invaders while struggling to maintain their humanity? It sounds like Battlestar Galactica, only not in space.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    It's Gonna Suck My White Ass

    by Unlabled

    Nuff said

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    ANOTHER alien invasion series?

    by ScoobySnack

    Geez... enough already. Give it a rest.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Has Moon Bloodgood been good in anything?

    by DrafthouseSF

    She was painful to watch in Terminator and in Journeyman. And except for the picture above, I don't think she has ever been hot enough to make it worth suffering through her cardboard screen presence.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    The hottest survivors alive!

    by Squashua

    And the hottest victims dead!

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    DrafthouseSF

    by Jaka

    Her underwear.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    I'll enjoy Moon and Jessy and

    by kabong

    most of humanity wiped out. <P> Don't let Spielberg's camera lovingly caress a little kid for half the time.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    painful in Journeyman - are you gay ?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Taken... Again?

    by Bungion Boy

    Does anyone remember that Taken miniseries on Sci-Fi? I remember it was pretty good at least for a few hours. Remember it crapped out at the end.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    The Librarian vs. Aliens!

    by Omar B

    Oddly enough this sounds cool to me. And I like Noah in The Librarian, not the deepest stuff, but silly fun.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I know it must be bold

    by INWOsuxRED

    because the press release from the people who are making it say it is bold!

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Drafthouse.....

    by closeencounter

    Go back to your cage. Please.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Might be silly to think of it

    by pax256

    But I wouldnt mind if this tied loosely to War of the Worlds (which I admit to liking quite a bit 8-10 stars). Why not use the same aliens and tech style. Tripods FTW. You know they could come back 10-20 years later only this time with facemasks and antibiotics to get the bugs they missed the first time around when their long buried war machines waited while the biosphere was being studied for 'extraterraforming'...

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    The Plot......

    by closeencounter

    Big banks, big business and Bush/Cheney will be behind the whole invasion, ordering their minions to kill all the libs and Democrats. Oh, and the women will be kept in the back rooms as sex slaves. The End.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    So the aliens kill all the ugly chicks first

    by Wookie_Weed

    And only the hot ones survive? Damn, I'll have to build me a bunker so I can survive too!

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    if this is spielberg...

    by Gidney

    ...it must lead to humanity surrendering because that's all his movies have been about lately. Run Away and Hide! Fight back and you're a villain. and don't forget everyone gets walkie talkies not guns.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Show

    by Cobbio

    It's good to see Spielberg producing a Rodat-written show, that's for sure. Quality science fiction is always a good thing. I give TNT credit for greenlighting ten episodes and I'll most definitely tune in to see the pilot, possibly a lot more.<p> Two factors worry me, however: Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood. Noah Wyle was good in "Donnie Darko" and not bad on "ER," therefore he could potentially give us something cool. But Moon Bloodgood? She's always marginal, often obliviously wooden. I'm sure she's a nice woman in real life, but I've never seen her deliver even one engaging or interesting acting performance.<p> Maybe she'll prove me wrong. I really hope she does. But until she does, this is EXTREMELY dubious casting by TNT. There are so many excellent television and movie actresses out there, I wonder how Bloodgood keeps getting roles over them.<p> But like I wrote, maybe she'll give the performance of a lifetime and prove me wrong.<p> I'm interested in seeing the show. Mos def.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    ...and STILL no Star Wars TV series?

    by Triple_J_72

    Better get a move on, George. Your boy Steven's kicking your ass.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    TNT + Spielberg + Noah Wiley =

    by Colin62

    FAIL

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    His Taken

    by NippleEffect

    Was one of the worse and disapointing things I've seen on tv

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Who Cares Anymore???

    by Media Messiah

    It is just the same old take on the alien invasion theme?

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    AICN advertising comminist shit with that Che garbage?

    by Orionsangels

    Defenders of Che can suck a big one!

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Aliens are the new vampires

    by The McPoyle Clan

    And the blond was on Veronica Mars. Speaking of which, what happened to our beloved Kristen Bell stalker?

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Really?

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    So let me get this straight: Aliens invade Earth and in quick time without breaking a sweat, they wipe out 99% of the Earth's human population. THEN, a small group of survivors band together and give the aliens who wiped out the whole human race easily a hard time. AHEM. How original.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Did they wait until V got good ratings...

    by V'Shael

    before cloning the fuck out of it?

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Independence Day, the series?

    by V'Shael

    6 episodes, and I hope to fuck it's cancelled.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Lost Me

    by OlafStapledon

    and the word "rag-tag". What, no robots or little kids?!?

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Hot trim and Aliens

    by Kenny_Fucking_Powers

    Count me in!!

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I'm reading The Best Science Fiction Films Never Made

    by skimn

    And it seems that Spielberg is still trying to get Night Skies out of his system. Maybe he can hire Rick Baker to complete the work he started for that original project. BTW, book is a great read.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    STILL pissed that TNT passed on The Talisman

    by skimn

    miniseries. That novel cries out to be done miniseries style. I think King's name doesn't have the ratings clout (as ABC has found out) that it once did.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    I would kill everyone in this talkback

    by scudd

    for a single night with Moon Bloodgood. If you all will excuse me, I'll be in my masturbatorium.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    RIZZOLI & ISLES

    by Sonny_Williams

    Angie Harmon AND Sacha Alexander? I AM THERE!! The only thing that could make this show better is if they were also lesbian lovers. And they dress like Victoria's Secret models at work.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I Need War of the Worlds on Blu-ray

    by Giant_Dick_Bag_Filled_With_Taco_Meat

    Love that movie even though the ending sucks. Damn you Steven Spielberg.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    BLEH!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    When was the last time Spielberg was involved with anything good? 2002? Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, and Taken...okay, THAT was a good year. But somewhere between then and Bayformers, the Berg lost his tiny little mind, and we ended up with groundhog humor and Shitty LaBeef of the Apes.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Taken one of the worst things on TV?!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    I take it you don't watch television, then? The first week of that series was terrific...the second, not so much. But it would be hard to measure up to the first few episodes.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    skimn, he did get Night Skies out of his system...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    And called it "Poltergeist"! And I agree, it's a great book, although I've only read the original edition.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    So it's PORN, right? I mean...

    by ricarleite2

    ... I didnt masturbate for nothing here, right?

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Fa_Tass

    by skimn

    Yes, he did switch up aliens for ghosts attacking a family for Poltergeist, and the Tim Robbins scene in WOTW was aliens attacking a farmhouse (the basis for Night Skies)...would just love to see Rick Baker's concepts which apparently were cribbed a bit for ET.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I no longer am interested in rag-tag bands.

    by FluffyUnbound

    That's the real problem here. Not the alien invasion. They do rag-tag bands because they're afraid the audience won't identify with a larger cast, and larger casts are more expensive. Even THRESHOLD went the rag-tag band route, since apparently 3 guys, a dwarf, and Carla Gugino were the entire force the government could afford to devote to that particular alien problem. We need an alien invasion show done on a FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON or BAND OF BROTHERS level, where it seems like, you know, actual countries are fighting the aliens, and not three hot chicks plus one science nerd. INDEPENDENCE DAY had the scale right, Emmerich just had the tone wrong.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    What's going on with Day One BTW?

    by The Kusabi

    http://tinyurl.com/chtvok which looks way more interesting than this.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    I thought I read somewhere that Day One got axed.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Sorry.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    skimn, well that would be cool...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    I agree, I'd like to see Spielberg's original vision for Night Skies...although if it were produced today, it would probably just be accused of being a Signs rip-off...

  • Jan. 24, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Agreed

    by Cobbio

    I'm with Fluffy and LV on the rag-tag thing. No more demographic-fellating, please! Enough already. I personally would love to watch a quirky but competent, well-organized band of human insurgents organize and go all out to kick the shit out of some alien ass. No cute kiddies. No cheesiness. No bullshit. Just a good story than makes us feel something at the end of the day.<p> How about that, Stephen?

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