Tag Archives: Falling Skies

Rising Star Jessy Schram: ‘Last Resort’ Keeping the Bar High

What a year for Jessy Schram!  The actress has  been flying back and forth between Hawaii, where she’s playing the wife of Scott Speedman’s character on ABC’s crackerjack new “Last Resort” — and Vancouver, where she’s among the humans coping with a space alien occupation of earth on TNT’s “Falling Skies.”  Oh, and she’s also known to fans of the popular ABC “Once Upon a Time” as Ella/Cinderella.

There is, of course, one drawback to her new role.

“The good news is, you get to play Scott Speedman’s wife.  The bad news is, you never get to see him,” says Schram with a laugh, referring to the fact her series husband on a nuclear submarine that’s gone rogue after being issued spurious orders to launch.  However, “There will be moments you’ll see the relationship, the depth of it.  You’ll see we’ve loved each other, and there was tension about his putting his job ahead of me.”

The big question raised about “Last Resort” is whether the show can maintain the level of riveting entertainment of its opening episode.  Not surprisingly, Schram admits, “That’s the concern even people on the show have.  The cast is huge, and there is so much to play, so many emotions and extraordinary story lines.  There is so much going on in so many worlds, between the submarine, the Seals, the islanders, and the Washington world.”  With five episodes completed, she says that “none of the story lines has been dropped.  It’s not confusing, but you have to pay attention to the scripts.  It’s so much fun to be part of creating something new and out of the norm, something really exciting.”

Given the intensely traumatic nature of her “Last Resort” storyline, Schram’s spent much of her time in a stressed state, to say the least.  “She’s alienated from people around her because of decisions her husband has made and what he’s involved in.  She’s holding on to her integrity.  She’s in love.  And she’s torn. Will she keep the life that’s become an illusion, or walk away?”

As they say, stay tuned.

Noah Wyle Enjoys Daddy Duty After ‘Falling Skies’ Production

Noah Wyle says he’s been enjoying a little down time of late, doing daddy duty and decompressing after wrapping four and a half months’ worth of production of his TNT “Falling Skies” series’ second season.  Sounds like he needed it.

After Season 1, “An amnesia settles in that is analogous to childbirth,” says the erudite star with a smile.

“You forget how painful it was to go through.  It’s a tough show to produce, a tough show to execute.  We do very little work on soundstages.  We’re outdoors in inclement weather; we know what Vancouver winters are all about.  But, you know, a little state of deprivation and discomfort strengthens the camaraderie among the cast.”

According to Noah, viewers can expect the new season — launching June 17 — to be even bigger than the first season of the Steven Spielberg-produced drama in which human resistance fighters are struggling to survive against alien invaders.  It’s bigger, at least in terms of production, that is.  “It started with getting a little bit more money to spend on the episodes, more on spaceships and aliens, more action on the show,” Noah tells us.

Last week, the former “ER” star was time-tripping backwards — decked out in a 1960s-style three-piece suit for his role as one-time Mattel CEO Art Spear in the big screen “Snake and Mongoose.”  The film covers the real-life story of drag racers Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, whose famous rivalry inspired the Hot Wheels toys.  In July, he will film “Scribble,” an independent feature about “a group of amateur writers tearing each other to shreds.”

Of his schedule, he says, “It’s not too bad.  I’m only working a few days on each movie.”  Which leaves more time for Noah, who has been separated from his wife since 2010, to spend with nine-year-old son Owen and six-year-old daughter Auden.  He credits “Falling Skies” for “giving me street credibility with my son’s third grade class.  They’re actually more interested in it than he is.”  The show is inappropriate for Auden, he adds.  “But they’ve both been to the set numerous times.”

‘Falling Skies’ Rising Star: Sarah Sanguin Carter

Sarah Sanguin Carter

TNT didn’t waste any time committing to a Season 2 pickup of the Steven Spielberg/ DreamWorks Television “Falling Skies” sci fi series. And no wonder.

“We’re thrilled it’s as successful as it is — with an average of 6.4 million viewers a week,” enthuses Sarah Sanguin Carter. The blond beauty plays the tough, mysterious Margaret on the Noah Wyle starrer about humans contending with life after an alien invasion. She tells us they’ll resume filming this coming October in Vancouver — which the rising young actress/singer says “is nice for me, because my Dad lives in Vancouver.”

Carter makes it clear she’s not one to pore over blogs and reviews about the show, but she is aware that response to her character has been positive. “It’s such a treat to play a character as complicated as she is. She obviously wants to be with the community, and the protection and the safety that comes with that. But she has this deep wisdom that she’s ultimately alone. Her nature is one of a survivor, one of a warrior, that kind of comes first. It’s lovely to watch her progression through the season,” says Cartner, whose prep for the role included immersing herself in the Israeli self-defense techniques of Krav Maga.

As all-consuming as it might seem to be playing a hardened survivor of the earth’s worst cataclysm on a hit series, Carter has other irons in the fire. The performer (previously seen on “Shark” and “Entourage” among other shows) is also managing to take on two movie roles and the making of her band’s first album this year.

“I had one episode off and during that time I was able to squeeze in a great little role in ‘The Vow’ with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. Talk about switching gears!” she notes, referring ot the forthcoming Screen Gems film. “I was so deep in Margaret’s world, and then I had to clean up, brighten up, and show up on this huge wonderful set and deliver romantic comedy.”

Next month, she’ll join James Van Der Beek to make the Lifetime movie, “Salem Falls,” which she describes “a sweet romantic story and I play an Erin Brockovich-type character.”

And right now, she and her Sanguindrake band mates are figuring out the title of their debut album, which she expects to have out later this summer. She describes it as “Abbey Road psychedelic folk rock — but it turned out to be a sound that I haven’t heard before. I’m more excited about that than anything.”

Peter Shinkoda: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Falling Skies’ a Test of Actors’ Endurance

Peter Shinkoda

Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming summer biggie for the small screen, TNT’s “Falling Skies,” is about as far away from his last  series as one could imagine — but former “The L Word” actor Peter Shinkoda says he’s been having a blast on the alien invasion drama.

“In physical terms, it’s by far the most difficult production I’ve ever been on, demanding all the time.  There’s a lot of running, sprinting and scrambling.  I was hyperventilating at one point.  I wasn’t prepared for some of that action I performed.  I’m not 17 anymore,” Shinkoda says happily.  “I think, physically, everyone is giving 110 per cent.”

Debuting June 19, “Falling Skies” centers on a group of resistance fighters outside Boston — six months after vicious space aliens have taken over the earth.  Noah Wyle stars as the college history professor and father of three sons who finds himself charged with leading a group of survivors.  The series has lots of big budget bells and whistles, from otherworldly explosions to the alien critters themselves.

Executive producer Spielberg did spend time on the Toronto set, according to Shinkoda.  “It might have been nerve-wracking for the director, but for the other 300 people, including the extras on set those days, it was great.”

Certainly, the stresses under which the “Falling Skies” humans find themselves — starvation, deprivation, and constant threat of annihilation — make things like the deficit and Anthony Weiner look not so bad.  Still, will viewers want to share such a post-apocalyptic world week after week?

“I don’t think it’s too dark,” Shinkoda responds.  “The gritty reality is being played, there’s no punches pulled.  It really respects the audience.  But it is very much a story about hope and humanity, and certainly the drive to survive.  Not everyone exhibits commendable behavior.  The situation brings out the best and worst of people,” he says.  However, “My character is actually quite a noble person.”