Just a few days ago TNT’s drama Falling Skies announced a presence at Comic Con this year for Friday, July 19 (with Wil Wheaton signed on to moderate as an added bonus). Stars and executives from the series will sign autographs and share some news regarding what’s coming up in the future. Instead of saving the biggest announcement for the day, however, the network jumped the gun a little on Tuesday, announcing that Falling Skies will return for a fourth season and is expected to air during the summer of 2014.

The renewal is actually very early, considering Falling Skies only hit the schedule on June 9. Just a few episodes into its run, the Season 3 ratings have been pretty swell. The show did dip a little during its two-hour premiere, pulling in 4.2 million total viewers, according to THR, but that’s still a pretty decent figure. Besides, according to the network press release, the show has been doing far better when considering Live+7 ratings. Counting delayed watches, the show is averaging 5.8 million total viewers.

TNT’s quirky post-alien invasion drama is a little different from most of the other programs the network has to offer, which includes things like Rizzoli & Isles, Franklin & Bash, King & Maxwell, and well, you get the point. The drama centers on Tom Mason, a former college professor who ends up becoming a nimble-minded and able-bodied leader of the resistance after aliens leave more than a calling card on Earth. The role has always seemed perfect for Wylie, who looks better with the beard and scruff than he ever did as a clean shaven doctor.

If you haven’t caught the series, Season 3 already has some big guest stars planned for this summer, with House’s Robert Sean Leonard signed on to play a man known as the “rat king.” Additionally, Wylie’s former ER co-star Gloria Reuben has signed on to the series in a 5-episode capacity. With Steven Spielberg on board as an executive producer, Season 3 is looking as if it will be must watch television, especially considering all the different places the program could still go moving forward.

There are plenty of ways to catch aliens this summer. TNT’s Falling Skies is among the best TV, at least, has to offer. The program airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

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