After a long delay, we learned that M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Wayward Pines‘ will be returning to Fox for a second season!
Shyamalan worked on the series as Executive Producer along with Chad Hodge who was responsible for adapting Blake Counch’s book to the small screen. While Shyamalan will be on board going forward, Counch will not be returning as the showrunner for the second season and is being replaced by Mark Friedman (‘Believe’,’The Forgotten’). No word at this time if the switch was amiable though with how often television shows seem to switch showrunners these days, this isn’t really as surprising of a move as it would have been even five years ago.
The second season will be another 10 episode run and will air in the summer of 2016. The show will be picking up directly where the first season left off so we won’t have to wonder too long who the mysterious new cast member is and where the residents are in their rebellion of how the human race should be saved.
According to Fox Broadcasting Entertainment president David Madden:
“Wayward Pines was a huge hit for us this past summer. We were absolutely blown away by the mysterious and surprising world that Night and his team created, and the twisting-and-turning storytelling that drew viewers in from day one. 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.”
With summer usually being slim pickings for new shows, ‘Wayward Pines’ ended up being the top broadcast scripted series for 18-49 year olds. While the live showings did well, it was the DVR viewing that really pushed the viewership levels up to almost double the live showings within three days of the initial release.
It will be interesting to see who returns to the show as it was originally written to last only a single season even with how they filmed the end.
Are you looking forward to returning to ‘Wayward Pines’? Are you concerned that the second season will be hurt as it had been written to just be a single season? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter