News comes to us from TNT today that Noah Wyle has signed on to a pilot with them. In the as-yet-unnamed series Wyle is set to play the leader of a group trying to resist an alien invasion of Earth.
The series is going to be produced by DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg will have an executive producer credit. Spielberg also helped with the creation of the just-ended, incredibly long-running, Noah Wyle-starrer, ER. The script for this new pilot is being written by Oscar-nominated Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), who, along with DreamWorks' heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, will also be an executive producer.
In addition to having worked with Spielberg previously, Wyle has also worked with the folks at TNT, having done four made-for-television films with them. The first, Pirates of Silicon Valley, aired in 1999, and the most recent, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, premiered just last year.
Few details about this new show are available at this point, which is not surprising considering Rodat's script is not yet finished. The press release did state that "the pilot opens shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population." That places the piece within a well-worn television genre, but one that it can be hard to find success in. Even so, TNT has a good track record in recent years launching television shows, and with Wyle, DreamWorks Television, and Spielberg on the project, the show should be an interesting one to see… whenever it ends up launching.