June 26, 2009 at 07:23 PM EDT

I love reality TV as much as the next person, but as we get deeper into the summer months, and the absolute only new shows on at night are “unscripted,” I start jonesing for something a little more high-concept. Something a little stranger, or more creative, or more challenging. Something with aliens. Which is why every time I hear about the upcoming Noah Wyle-led, Steven Spielberg-produced pilot, I pretty much get chills of awesomeness.

The still-untitled series, which our own Michael Ausiello had the scoop on a couple weeks back, takes place six months into an alien invasion that has kicked mankind’s butt, and Wyle plays the leader of humanity’s resistance forces. Yes, please! I hope he’s tough on the outside but deep down is sort of a softie. Spielberg joked to the Hollywood Reporter that “It is a privilege to be starting a second series with Noah — the first didn’t do too badly.” Zing! The first was ER, if you recall.

I’m hoping this show joins the TNT summer slate next year so the lazy, hazy days of 2010 have some meaty scripted fare. What about you, PopWatchers? Are you looking forward to a Wyle/Speilberg series?

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