Earlier this month, Peter reported from WonderCon that he was “very impressed” by the clips he’d seen of Falling Skies, praising the show for its “very high budget and cinematic” look. Now that TNT’s released the first five minutes of the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion series, we can judge for ourselves — and I’m with Peter. It’s too early to tell if Falling Skies will actually be a quality show, but this first clip, at least, looks good. Watch it after the jump.

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I’ve flown direct from CinemaCon in Las Vegas to WonderCon in San Francisco. The first day presented two interesting panels, one for the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion television series Falling Skies and the other for Warner Bros’ big screen comic adaptation Green Lantern. Read the details and my thoughts after the jump.
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We’ve got a mixed bag of TV bits for you today, from some pretty sci-fi artwork for TNT to possible envelope-pushing on NBC, so let’s get started.

First off, HBO’s treatment of In Treatment: It was widely reported last night that the premium cable network had canceled its ratings-challenged psychiatric drama starring Gabriel Byrne. Today, however, HBO has released a statement suggesting the show might not be dead after all:

It’s true that we have no plans to continue with ‘In Treatment’ as previously formatted. However, we are in continued conversations with the executive producers to find another way to continue telling these rich stories.

The show currently has a somewhat unusual format. Instead of one episode per week, In Treatment airs multiple episodes in a week. It seems plausible that HBO’s plan is to streamline the show somewhat by consolidating or cutting some of the episodes, but the network has yet to officially announce its strategy. (Edit from Russ: HBO also planned to continue Deadwood in a different format, and that never happened. That, however, was a far more expensive proposition. Hopefully this will work out better.) [Zap2It, The New York Times]

After the jump, posters, nudity clauses, and possible superhero casting news.

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Terra Nova may be suffering setback after setback, but the other new Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series, Falling Skies, looks to be right on track. The alien invasion TNT show is slated for a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 19 at 9/8c, and the network has steadily been releasing promos over the last few months. The latest one is a trailer/featurette that includes brief clips of stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and Drew Roy discussing the show. Watch it after the jump.

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The fifth season of Mad Men has had a difficult birthing process. Series creator Matthew Weiner last signed a contract with AMC and LionsGate two years ago, and the show’s massive success since then led him to ask for much more favorable terms before signing to make a fifth season. AMC and LionsGate naturally have tried to negotiate, and the deal has been taking a lot of time to come together.

But things are reportedly lining up now, with both sides starting to agree on a contract. That means that Mad Men will likely get a fifth season, but the downside is that it won’t premiere in late July as per usual, or even in August as happened with season three. Exactly when we’ll see the series resume is open to question, but the important thing is that it currently looks that that will happen. More as it develops. [Deadline]

After the break, Dick Cheney is likely the subject of a new HBO mini-series, and there’s a new promo for Falling Skies. Read More »

If you caught True Grit or other films in theaters this past week you might have seen the first trailer for Falling Skies, the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion show that will air on TNT in June 2011. Now the trailer is online, so you can see a grizzled Noah Wylie fend off aliens that occupy Earth, after the break. Read More »

Earlier today, I was floored by the footage of Frank Darabont’s television adaptation of the Walking Dead. Unfortunately, I wish the same could be said of what I’ve seen of the Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies for TNT. The show — created by Robert Rodat (screenwriter for Saving Private Ryan, and The Patriot) — stars TNT-regular Noah Wyle (ER, The Librarian) and sci-fi regular Moon Bloodgood (Journeyman, Terminator Salvation) as everyday people whose lives are overturned when aliens invade and wipe out 80 percent of humanity. Oh yah, and they fried the electrical grid as well. Fuckers.

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Video Blog: Comic-Con 2010 Preview

/Film has landed at Comic-Con, and we’re gearing up to take it on with some great coverage — even though it doesn’t seem like there’s as much cool movie-related events as last year. (At least there’s no Twilight event this time around.) In this video blog, Peter, Adam, Russ, and Devindra chat about what they’re looking forward to the most at the convention, and why.

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