Noah Wyle, star of TNT’s “Falling Skies,” is learning as he goes. Wyle said the show’s inaugural and second seasons really prepared him for Season 3, which begins Sunday, June 9.
“Season 3 starts off with a bang and we threw a lot up on the screen very early on. It’s sort of like a big ball of yarn that will unravel as the season progresses,” Wyle told David Nelson on “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
Wyle, perhaps best-known as Dr. John Carter on “ER,” is also executive producer of “Falling Skies.” And he says a lot has changed for the characters since we left them seven months ago.
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“We seem to be winning this war for the first time. The question remains can these new aliens be trusted, or are we potentially throwing off the yoke of one oppressor for the yoke of another? Anne is pregnant, she’s going to deliver in the first episode. And as beautiful as the baby is, there’s something kind of special about her that we’ll see.”
One of the challenges of the show is to make the alien invasion believable for the audience.
“What is keeping this show anchored is the fact that we keep it grounded in some semblance of truth. We’re trying to say ‘this is what could happen possibly,’ and the farther out we take our narrative, the more it seems to strain that line of credibility. But for some reason, it works,” Wyle said.
Wyle and the cast and crew spent a wet winter in Vancouver filming the show. Knowing that his native state and home of California is cash-strapped, he said the choice to film “Falling Skies” in Canada was “purely economic.”
“We had a governor that was an actor for a long time, I thought that would be a shoo-in (for film tax credit legislation),” Wyle said.
Even though portions of the show are computer generated, Wyle said acting with a “tennis ball on the end of a stick” is something you get used to.
“It’s a muscle. The more you exercise it, the better off you get. Initially you feel really silly. … After a while, you start to gain more confidence that you’re not going to be made to look like a fool.”
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Certainly no fool, Wyle has an array of loyal fans that have followed him throughout his career. To them, he offered his “everlasting gratitude.”
“(As an actor), in order to be hireable, you have to have a following and an audience out there. And I’ve been really, really fortunate in my life and career. … I owe everything to the people that tune in and buy the tickets.”
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