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OTRC: 'Falling Skies' renewed for season 3 by TNT

Noah Wyle of the sci-fi series 'Falling Skies' says season 2 of the show is a 'cut above the first.' (OTRC)

TNT's hit drama series "Falling Skies," which stars Noah Wyle, has been renewed.

The cable network has ordered a third season of the epic science fiction show, a product of Dreamworks Television and Steven Spielberg. Currently averaging 5.9 million viewers, the series ranks as basic cable's number one summer drama among adults aged 18 to 49.

The show also stars Moon Bloodgood, Sarah Carter, Drew Roy and Colin Cunningham and follows the lives of survivors of an alien attack on Earth who must band together to fight for their lives, and to fight back against the occupying alien force.

The show premiered in June 2011 with 5.91 million viewers, making it the network's top new series up to that point. The pilot featured the state of Massachusetts six months after an alien invasion that wiped out most of the earth's population and its modern power structure.

In June, Wyle told OnTheRedCarpet.com to expect "better episodes" from season 2, which premiered on June 17.

"There's an expectation that wasn't there last year," Wyle said. "But I have a confidence that I didn't have last year either I think the second season was really a cut above the first and we have a lot better episodes to offer that's going to satisfy that fan base, hopefully thoroughly."

The second season premiered with 4.5 million viewers, down from their season one premiere. While the numbers were lower, they were still solid compared to competitors.

Wyle, 39, played Dr. John Carter on the hit drama series "ER" from 1994 to its finale in 2009. The show helped launch the film career of George Clooney, who also portrayed a doctor.

Aside from his work on "ER," Wyle also starred in the 1992 movie "A Few Good Men" and in the 2001 Jake Gyllenhaal film "Donnie Darko." In 1995, he and Clooney also guest starred on the show "Friends," playing doctors.

Watch a clip from the current season below.

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