It took two years for Wayward Pines to finally premiere on FOX. It appears it was worth the wait. The M. Night Shyamalan-directed series started off slowly. To be fair, it faced off against the season finales of Scandal and The Blacklist and the NBA playoffs. However, it picked up viewers and became an unexpectedly solid ratings winner.
In fact, it ranked as Summer 2015’s No. 1 broadcast scripted series among Adults 18-49, averaging a 2.2 rating and 9.4 million viewers for its run. Even though it was planned only as a limited event series, the network has naturally renewed the show for a second season given the reception. 10 episodes have been ordered.
“Wayward Pines was a huge hit for us this past summer. We were absolutely blown away by the mysterious and surprising world that [M.] Night [Shyamalan] and his team created, and the twisting-and-turning storytelling that drew viewers in from Day One,” said Fox President of Entertainment David Madden in a statement. “Season Two is going to take the suspense, the vision of the future and the haunting character drama to whole new levels, and we can’t wait for our fans to continue that ride next year.”
According to Deadline, the second season will “pick up in the wake of Season One, when a new arrival in Wayward Pines finds himself in the middle of a serious rebellion, as the residents battle over how to preserve the endangered human race.”
Shyamalan will return as an executive producer, but the show will receive a new showrunner. Believe creator Mark Friedman steps in for a departing Chad Hodge.
Since it took awhile for FOX to premiere the show and decide whether to bring it back, the contracts for the actors including Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino and Melissa Leo have lapsed. It’ll be interesting to see if any return for the sophomore season.
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