EXCLUSIVE: Former Battlestar Galactica executive producer and Caprica co-creator/exec producer David Eick has come on board TNT’s hit alien-invasion drama Falling Skies as executive producer/showrunner. On the show, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle, he replaces fellow Caprica co-creator/exec producer Remi Aubuchon, who is leaving after serving as showrunner for the past two seasons. Season 3 of Falling Skies kicks off with a two-hour premiere June 9. Eick is expected to begin assembling a writing staff to start working on Season 4 in anticipation of pickup. (Because of Falling Skies‘ complicated shoot and laborious post-production process due to elaborate special effects, the writers on the show normally get a head start before an official green light so the gap between seasons is not too big.)

A Season 4 renewal is considered a formality as Falling Skies is TNT’s #1 scripted series in the younger demos. It premiered in 2011 and ranked as basic cable’s #1 new series of the year. In its second season, the series averaged 5.6 million viewers and ranked as basic cable’s #1 summer drama of 2012 with adults 18-49 (2.6 million) and adults 25-54 (3 million). Additionally, Falling Skies is owned by TNT, bringing the company a lot of money from international sales as the series is airing in some 120 countries. WME-repped Eick will serve as executive producer alongside Spielberg, DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.