M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines Renewed for Second Season

After rather surprisingly stellar ratings last summer, M. Night Shyamalan‘s television debut, Wayward Pines, has been picked up by Fox for a 10-episode second season.

The first season of the psychological drama starred Matt Dillon, who, without giving any spoiler alerts, awoke one afternoon in a bizarre town and spent his days figuring out where he was, who the strange people around him were and — most importantly — how to get the hell out of there. There were monsters, creepy school kids and lots and lots of cliffhangers. Deadline reports that the second season will pick up where season 1 left off, “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.”

Season 1 got off to an underwhelming start ratings-wise, but then, when DVR viewings were later tallied in, broke records for a Fox new season debut. In the end it “ranked as summer 2015’s No. 1 broadcast scripted series among Adults 18-49. … It earned a multi-platform average audience of 9.4 million,” explains Deadline. “Proving that the ratings spike was more than viewer curiosity in sampling a TV effort from The Sixth Sense filmmaker, Wayward Pines continued to post big DVR lifts.”

And then, as they say, history was made and now we’re getting a second season. Shyamalan will return as executive producer, but there will be a new showrunner: creator of NBC series Believe, Mark Friedman. No word yet on casting details. It will air next summer.

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