June 27, 2011 12:00 PM

Falling Skies

TNT, June 19, 9 p.m. ET/PT |


Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, this new series about Americans engaged in a guerrilla campaign against invading aliens takes a while to build up steam. Noah Wyle, with his reedy integrity and earnestly thin beard, stars as Tom Mason: A history professor, he’s now a key soldier in a ragged New England army trying to take down the extraterrestrials who’ve trampled civilization. Professor Mason can’t help constantly invoking military examples from the past, in case we failed to notice the parallels to the American War of Independence. You wonder how much texting his students did during class. Things improve in the third hour: As we get to see more of the invaders, who have six legs and heads that look like giant Le Sueur peas, and learn about their mysterious hold over young human hostages, the story becomes much trickier-and some of the Earthlings much less admirable. The show doesn’t have the sinister intelligence of ABC’s short-lived Invasion, but it’s good family entertainment.


FX, June 23, 10 p.m. ET/PT |


On the way to a breakdown, Ryan (The Lord of the Rings’ Elijah Wood) finds an unlikely new pal: a dog named Wilfred. But in Ryan’s mind, Wilfred is a gruff, grubby man in a nubbly, flop-eared costume. Wilfred (Jason Gann, who also starred in the original Australian series) is supposed to represent the crass life force that can rescue timid, repressed Ryan. Instead, he’s like someone you’d hire for a rotten kid’s birthday party. The show is The Odd Couple redefined by psychosis and whimsy. I’m not wagging my tail.

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