A bookish history professor from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tom Mason probably never imagined he would one day be putting his extensive knowledge of military tactics to use in an actual war, much less one being waged against an occupying force from another world. Tom will do everything he can to protect his three sons: Hal, Matt and the recently rescued Ben. Despite having only an academic understanding of military history, Tom is named second in command of the 2nd Massachusetts, a makeshift regiment assigned to protect several hundred survivors, with their military commander, Weaver. Tom quickly proves himself a strong leader, but his fate after Season One remains a mystery. The last we see Tom, he is boarding an alien craft – surrendering himself in attempt to save his son Ben.
Anne is a pediatrician who lost her only child in the initial attack, a tragedy she has yet to face fully. She pours herself into her work as a doctor for the 2nd Mass, doing what she can to help the survivors cope both physically and emotionally with their situation.. But beneath her sturdy exterior, Anne continues to be haunted by the death of her son in ways few can understand. Anne develops a close friendship with Tom as a result of their shared tragedy. She also takes Lourdes, a young first-year med student, under her wing to help out in the makeshift clinic. Together, they discover new things about the anatomy of the enemy: how to kill them, how to remove children from their harnesses, and most shockingly – that the Skitters themselves were once victims of harness control.
Captain Weaver is a tough rattlesnake-of-a-soldier, with a no-nonsense attitude and little patience for babysitting civilians. As commander of the 2nd Mass, Weaver puts his military skills and experience to good use. But in this war, he is facing issues for which no training could ever prepare him. Like many of the survivors, Weaver has faced personal loss, but he keeps that story buried underneath a dogged determination to kill the enemy every chance he gets.
Tom’s oldest son, Hal, has made his father proud by growing quickly into manhood during the months since the invasion. Before their world was torn apart, Hal was an athletic and popular kid destined for success. Now he fights alongside his father as a member of the 2nd Mass. Although Hal can be impulsive under fire, he proves himself both brave and confident in the field. Having gone to great lengths to rescue his brother Ben from the Skitters, Hal now appreciates how much his family truly means and steps up to help any way he can. He grieves for the loss of his girlfriend Karen, but in a world occupied by hostile aliens, love has to come second to basic survival.
John Pope, the leader of a band of marauders, introduces himself to the 2nd Mass by taking a group of hostages and offering to exchange their freedom for weapons. For reasons known only to him, this smart, resourceful and charismatic ex-con takes great pleasure in killing Skitters, even hunting them like wild game. A shameless opportunist, Pope considers the invasion the best thing that ever happened to him. Despite all his questionable motives, Pope remains a powerful member of the 2nd Mass.
The spikes on Ben’s back aren’t the only thing different about him since being rescued from the Skitters - Ben’s senses have become sharper since being harnessed, and his strength has greatly increased, all of which has made him an exceptional soldier. Ben’s brothers are still adjusting to the fact that Ben isn’t the bookworm he used to be, but they are happy to have him back.
Tom’s youngest son, 8-year-old Matt, has been forced by circumstances to face the kind of loss and upheaval no child should ever have to confront. Matt desperately wishes for everything to go back to normal. He struggles to understand why he can’t have all the things his brothers had when they were his age, like a birthday party or a new skateboard. Despite being too young to join the fight alongside his father and brother, Matt wants to help, even if it means going against his father’s wishes.
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Maggie comes to the 2nd Mass after spending a difficult time with Pope’s misfit gang. But it’s just the latest emotional scar for a woman who has endured and overcome all the worst life could throw at her. Maggie is strong, tough and fearless. She remains cool under pressure and has impeccable aim with a gun; but she’s also a good friend who offers a helping hand whenever needed.
Anthony is one of the best fighters in the 2nd Mass. He previously served as a Boston police officer. Anthony is a crack shot with a rifle and always eager to volunteer for even the most dangerous missions. But he’s also a good enough soldier to know when it’s time to sit cool and wait for the enemy to make a mistake.
Lourdes is a young college student whose pre-med education was cut short by the alien invasion; she now helps Anne as a medic for the 2nd Mass.
Noah Wyle is best known for his award-winning work as Dr. John Carter on ER, which aired for 15 seasons on NBC. He received five Emmy® and three Golden Globe® nominations for his performance on the show.
Wyle has previously worked with TNT on The Librarian series of movies. Prior to that, he played Steve Jobs in TNT’s Emmy-nominated movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. Wyle’s feature film credits include White Oleander, Enough, Donnie Darko, The Myth of Fingerprints, Swing Kids and A Few Good Men.
Wyle is involved in numerous issue-oriented initiatives, including serving as national spokesperson for Cover the Uninsured Week, an unprecedented effort to bring awareness to the 44 million Americans who have no health coverage. His other philanthropic involvement includes work with Doctors of the World, Human Rights Watch and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Wyle is also very involved and devoted to the theatre, serving as creative producer of the award-winning Blank Theatre Company.
Moon Bloodgood has enjoyed success in all aspects of film and television. For her performance as Dr. Anne Glass in TNT’s Falling Skies, Bloodgood earned a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress, one of four nominations the show has received. Prior to Falling Skies, Bloodgood starred in the Warner Bros. blockbuster Terminator Salvation, opposite Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, as well as in the George Tillman Jr. revenge thriller Faster, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton. She also appeared in a three-episode arc of the series Burn Notice and appeared in the 2012 Sundance Audience Award winner The Sessions, alongside John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
Bloodgood started her career as a professional dancer, landing a coveted spot to join the LA Laker Girls team. From there, her love for hip-hop led to touring gigs with such superstar musical acts as Prince, Brandi, and the rock band Offspring. She then turned to modeling, working for cosmetic giants Revlon®, L’Oreal® and Avon®. Famed photographer David LaChapelle shot her Diesel campaign, and soon after, she was featured in both the Adidas® and Nike® Woman campaigns. Bloodgood was also featured in People magazine’s "World’s Most Beautiful" issue in 2006 and again in 2009.
Bloodgood made her film debut in the DreamWorks film Win A Date With Ted Hamilton. Soon after, she starred opposite Ashton Kutcher in Disney’s A Lot Like Love, followed by Eight Below, co-starring Paul Walker and directed by Frank Marshall. Next, she transitioned into television with roles on two highly regarded shows. First, she starred in the ABC series Daybreak, opposite Taye Diggs. Then she played the female lead in the NBC series Journeyman, opposite Kevin McKidd.
Bloodgood resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Will Patton has worked extensively in theatre and film. He can be seen on the big screen this year starring opposite Abbie Cornish in David Riker’s feature, The Girl and You Can’t Win based on the novel by Jack Black. Audiences recently saw him in Kelly Riechardt’s film festival favorite Meeks Crossing, alongside Michelle Williams and Paul Dano. His other recent films include Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest; The Fourth Kind, with Milla Jovovich; American Violet, with Alfre Woodard; and Wendy and Lucy, also with Michelle Williams.
Patton’s past credits include Michael Winterbottom’s critically acclaimed A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie; Princess Ka’iulani, with Q’orianka Kilcher; and The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, written by Tennessee Williams. He also starred opposite John Travolta and Thomas Jane in the Lions Gate feature The Punisher, based on the Marvel Comic. Patton has also turned in memorable performances in such features as The Mothman Prophecies, Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Gone In 60 Seconds, Entrapment and The Postman, as well as Trixie, Breakfast Of Champions and Jesus’s Son.
Patton was directed by Martin Scorsese in After Hours and Nicholas Roeg in Cold Heaven. He has starred in several independent films that have enjoyed success at the major film festivals, including The Rapture, In The Soup, The Paint Job, Toll Booth and The Spitfire Grill, which won the Audience Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.
In 1998, Patton won the award for Best Actor at the Newport International Film Festival for his work in OK Garage (aka All Revved Up). He has blended appearances in these smaller pictures with major studio releases, such as Inventing The Abbotts, The Client, Fled, Copycat, Desperately Seeking Susan, A Shock To The System, Everybody Wins and No Way Out.
Patton also starred for two seasons in the highly acclaimed television series The Agency on CBS. He was seen in TNT’s Into The West, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, and played Det. Walker on CBS’s Numb3rs.
Patton has recorded more than 50 audio books and won two 2012 Audie awards for his narration of Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke and Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. His other works including Deliverance by James Dickey, 20 additional titles by James Lee Burke, the 50th Anniversary release of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams and Tree Of Smoke, Al Gore’s The Assault On Reason and Charles Frazier’s Nightwoods and Thirteen Moons. He has also been the recipient of the Audie award for Best Male Narrator.
No stranger to theatre, Patton played the leading role in Sam Shepard’s A Lie Of The Mind. His performances in Richard Foreman’s What Did He See and Shepard’s Fool For Love earned him two prestigious Obie Awards as Best Actor. He starred in the world premiere of Don DeLillo’s Valparaiso at the A.R.T.(American Repertory Theatre) in Boston and he was also seen heading an ensemble cast in Denis Johnson’s Shoppers Carried By Escalators Into The Flames at the Vineyard Theatre in New York.
Drew Roy is one to watch, especially given the attention his performance in TNT’s Falling Skies has garnered. In the show’s third season, his character’s struggles with an evil version of himself is certain to be a storyline that will have fans clinging to the edge of their seats. Roy is also recognized for his co-starring role in the acclaimed motion picture Secretariat, in which he co-starred with Diane Lane and John Malkovich in Secretariat.
Roy was able to capture the hearts of many young ladies with his significant role in the final season of Hannah Montana, playing the love interest to Miley Cyrus. Additional credits include guest-starring roles on Greek, Lincoln Heights and iCarly.
An Alabama native, Roy was discovered at a party in Atlanta by a Los Angeles-based manager. He was planning to go to college but instead decided to move to Los Angeles and give acting a try. He moved with five of his best friends, all of whom were in a band together.
California native Colin Cunningham has made an underground name for himself with his complex and captivating characters. In addition to TNT’s Falling Skies, Cunningham has recently been seen on the CBS series Flashpoint, the TNT series Perception, and recently starred in Lifetime’s The Eleventh Victim.
Cunningham has been a series lead on the shows The Collector (Chum TV) and the critically acclaimed series Da Vinci’s Inquest (CBC). In 2011, Cunningham received two Gemini Award nominations, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series for his work in HBO Canada’s Living in Your Car and Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series for Flashpoint.
On the big screen, Cunningham has been pursued by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Sixth Day (Columbia Pictures) and put his life on the line for Jennifer Garner in Elektra (20th Century Fox). He has also appeared in multiple indie favorites, including comedic turns in Best in Show (Warner Bros.) and Breakfast with Scott (Regent Releasing). In 2009, Cunningham made a name for himself as a director when he (along with actor/producer Madison Graie) made the short list for an Academy Award nomination, for their filmCentrigrade.
Although a relatively new name in the United States, Cunningham has dominated the Canadian scene for years. He has been nominated for 12 Leo Awards, including three wins, in 2008 for Best Director for a Short Drama and Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama for Centrigrade, as well as in 2004 for Dramatic Series: Best Guest Performanceby a Male for Da Vinci’s Inquest. Cunningham has also directed several award-winning music videos and was nominated for Best Emerging Directorat the 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Writer, producer, director and actor Connor Jessup recently starred on the big screen as the lead role in the independent film Blackbird, in which he plays an angry and troubled teenage boy who is wrongfully accused and arrested for a crime he did not commit. He ends up in juvenile detention where he quickly realizes the changes he will need to make if he wants to survive. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, and the performance earned him the "Rising Star" accolade from the festival.
Also named one of Variety’s "Actors to Watch" in their Power of Youth issue, he is currently filming the leading role in the indie Skating to New York. Produced by Wendy Japhet and directed by Charles Minsky, the film is about five teenage hockey players from a small town in Canada that seek adventure by crossing Lake Ontario on skates.
His producing credits include the independent film Amy George, which played at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The independent film, shot in the spring of 2010, follows a 13-year-old boy’s quest to become an artist. Jessup also completed the short film Something, which he wrote, directed, produced, and edited. Something follows 10-year-old Jack as he struggles to find beauty in life after he survives the collapse of the human existence. He also wrote, directed and produced the short film I Don’t Hurt Anymore! in addition to the play Pushing Normal, in which he received the Award of Distinction for its script at the 2010 Sears Drama Festival.
Jessup is also known for his leading role in the Discovery Kids TV series The Saddle Club, in which he played Simon Atherton, a thirteen-year-old computer geek.
He credits his love for the dramatic arts and entertainment industry to his involvement with local Youth Theater growing up: his skills extend far beyond the scope of acting on the big or small screen as this teenage prodigy has been writing, directing, producing, and editing films since the tender age of eleven.
Maxim Knight earned a Young Artist Award for his terrific performance in the first season of TNT’s Falling Skies. At age 7, Knight booked his first feature film, starring opposite Oscar® winner Melissa Leo, Nick Cannon, Rosanna Arquette and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges in Ball Don’t Lie. Maxim portrayed “Sticky,” a young boy who is witness to his mother’s suicide and has to face and ultimately triumph over life’s challenges and unfair circumstances. Now at 13, Knight has nearly 70 film, television, commercial and voice over credits.
Knight also stars in the highly anticipated independent feature film Medeas opposite Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno and Emmy® -nominee Brian F. O’Byrne. Maxim plays Jacob, the middle child of five siblings. Set in a rural land where time stands still, the film is a subtle and intimate observation of a secluded family grappling with a drought of catastrophic proportions. The movie is a daring and delicate vision of human desperation, and the unpredictable boundaries of human behavior.
Knight continues to showcase his dramatic chops with numerous appearances on hit shows such as CBS mega hit Criminal Minds, NBC’s Parenthood, ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, and A&E’s The Cleaner. His guest-starring role on CBS’s CSI: Miami earned him a 2012 Young Artist Award Nomination.
A Second City alum, Knight’s comedic strengths are undeniable. He held his own opposite comedian Frank Caliendo on TBS’s Frank TV, and generated big laughs on FX’s quirky comedy Wilfred and the Hallmark Channel’s heartwarming holiday classic Our First Christmas, starring opposite Dixie Carter. Most recently, he brought his brand of funny to FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in a scene so hysterical it was featured on TBS’s CONAN to promote the new season.
Knight is also an accomplished voice over artist, with credits including Warner Bros.’ The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Judd Apatow’s box office hit Bridesmaids, Twentieth Century Fox’s We Bought a Zoo and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and six episodes of Disney Channel’s Special Agent Oso, just to name a few.
Knight’s love for the entertainment business started in first grade when Knight wrote his first screenplay, Magical Darkness, in his movie journal. By year’s end, Knight produced, cast, and directed his masterpiece, including choosing the musical score!
Knight currently resides in Los Angeles.
Sarah Sanguin Carter
Sarah Carter’s career took off upon arrival in Hollywood. She got her start with a string of series-regular roles, including Evie, Charlie Hunnam’s love interest, in Seth Rogan and Judd Apatow’s original comedy series Undeclared and as Madeleine Poe in CBS’s Shark, opposite James Woods.
Carter’s popular recurring and guest-starring roles have also left a memorable impression on audiences, most notably her performances as Alicia Baker on The CW’s Smallville; Wrenn Darcy opposite Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland and Jill Clayburgh in HBO’s Dirty Sexy Money; and Cassie in the much talked-about "Sundance Kids" episode of HBO’s hit series Entourage.
On the big screen, Carter has starred in several independent and studio features, including Haven, Killing Zelda Sparks, Berkley, The Weinstein Company’s DOA, New Line Cinema’s Final Destination II and, most recently, Screen Gems’ box-office hit The Vow, opposite Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.
Having been classically trained in theater, voice and dance, Carter has portrayed some of history’s most iconic characters, including Nina in Chekhov’s The Seagull and Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. She is currently working with renowned director and coach Larry Moss, work-shopping a production of Le Roi Jones/Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman.
Carter has a parallel career as a musician most known for her band SanguinDrake, for which she goes by her full birth name, Sarah Sanguin Carter.
In addition to his role as Anthony in TNT’s hit series Falling Skies, Mpho Koaho will next be seen in the independent feature Charlie Zone. His television credits include the Canadian mini-series Soul, for which he won a Gemini Award in 2009, and a critically acclaimed guest lead performance on the CBS series Flashpoint, for which he was also nominated for a Gemini Award.
Koaho began his career when Maya Angelou cast him as the young lead in her film Down in the Delta for Miramax, and he has continued to work steadily ever since. D.J. Caruso next cast Koaho in The Salton Sea. He has gone on to roles in Four Brothers for John Singleton, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ for Jim Sheridan and Blindness for Fernando Meirelles. Other film credits include Saw III, Haven and It’s A Boy Girl Thing.
Koaho currently resides in Toronto.
As though being tapped to portray the young Eva Mendes in Frank Miller’s The Spirit wasn’t enough to jumpstart her career, multi-talented ingénue Seychelle Gabriel has gone on to several great roles in many high-profile projects. In 2010, she appeared as Princess Yue in M. Night Shyamalan’s adaptation of the The Last Airbender, with Jackson Rathbone and Dev Patel. Gabriel has continued her relationship with the franchise by lending her voice to the role of Asami in the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Legend of Korra, a sequel to the wildly popular original series. Gabriel had a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s Weeds as Mary Louise-Parker’s seductive stepdaughter, Adelita. She also guest starred in CBS’ Miami Medical and starred in the dance flick, Honey 2. This spring she can be seen on ABC’s Revenge as recurring party girl Regina.
Born in Burbank, Calif., Gabriel embarked upon a performing arts career at a very early age. She was just three weeks old when she first appeared in the arms of Fred Savage in the classic series The Wonder Years. As she was growing up, she appeared in many commercials and print campaigns. She had several stints on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, performing in skits with Leno. Along the way, she also appeared in independent projects, including Welfare to Love and the educational documentary that exposed the misdeeds of the corrupt tobacco industry, Jeffrey Wigand’s, Secrets Through the Smoke.
Since her early teenage years, Gabriel’s been committed to her voice, guitar, and piano training, including during her high school years at Burbank High School, where she competed with their highly ranked show choir, In Sync. Last Spring, she honed each of her skills with a semester at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Additionally, Gabriel enjoys playing the harmonica in her spare time.