Noah Wyle chooses sci-fi series for TV comeback

Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:48am EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's been six years since Noah Wyle left hospital drama "ER."

Now he's back on television in the new TV series, "Falling Skies," the much-anticipated alien invasion drama from executive producer Steven Spielberg.

Launching with a two-hour premiere on Sunday on cable network TNT, the show stars Wyle, Moon Bloodgood ("Terminator Salvation") and Will Paxton ("Armageddon") as survivors of an attack who've banded together to fight back.

Wyle spoke with Reuters about the new show, why he's never had a Charlie Sheen-style meltdown, and why he's not afraid to turn forty this month.

Q: "Falling Skies" is quite a change of pace for you.

A: "Total change -- certainly very different from anything I've ever done before. Fighting aliens? I never expected that!"

Q: Are you a big sci-fi fan?

A: "I never thought I was, but then I just realized what a huge influence movies like 'Star Wars' and 'Close Encounters' had on me, and I loved 'District 9.' I like sci-fi best when it uses metaphor, like 'Star Trek,' where you're dealing with a hot topic but telling it one step removed, so there's that objectivity."   Continued...