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Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle drawn to the alien nature of 'Falling Skies'

Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle had offers to return to episodic television once he left "ER" — often as a doctor or lawyer, occasionally as a police detective — but he repeatedly passed. Wyle was burned out by the TV grind and wanted to spend more time with his sons and his Los Angeles-based theater company. And besides, none of the roles really caught his eye.

That all changed when TNT came calling with the lead role on the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion sci-fi series "Falling Skies."

Wyle, who worked with TNT on "The Librarian" TV movies and with Spielberg on "ER," accepted the role of Tom Mason, a history professor-turned-gun-toting resistance...