Their seasons haven’t even reached the halfway point yet, but performance for TNT’s Sunday night fair has been so strong that the network has announced they’ve officially renewed hit series Falling Skies and The Last Ship. The sad news, however, is that the next season of Falling Skies will be its last. In regards to episode count, the network stated Falling Skies would receive 10 episodes for season five while The Last Ship will receive 13 for season two.
“The Last Ship has become this summer’s top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), “and Falling Skies has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year’s climactic final season.”
The Falling Skies news, while sad, is not surprising. The series has had a decent run and there are only so many ways the Second Mass can continue taking on the Espheni alien force that’s invaded earth. Despite decent ratings and the show being a somewhat of a cash-cow (TNT is also the producing studio and owner of secondary distribution rights), TNT must recognize that eventually, the show needs to come to an end.
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