Wayward Pines (FOX 2015, Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino)

Based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (‘The Sixth Sense’), WAYWARD PINES is an intense, mind-bending thriller starring Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (‘Crash’) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID.

One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he’s the man who knew missing agent Kate Hewson better than anyone. They were more than partners; their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage. Everything changes when a truck slams into his car…and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable Nurse Pam at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam is more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.

As the mysteries within the town pile up, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic Dr. Jenkins, the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital. As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker Harold Ballinger, Ethan forms a bond with Beverly, a bartender who is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is.

Back home in Seattle, Ethan’s wife, Theresa, a former Secret Service Agent trainee, is informed by Ethan’s boss, Adam Hassler , that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car which was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They’re still investigating. But this isn’t enough for Theresa. So she sets out on her own search for her husband, along with their teenage son, Ben.

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Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town’s die-hard residents, especially Sheriff Arnold Pope, who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf. Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?

From FOX’s press release, March 2016.. WAYWARD PINES, last summer’s No. 1 scripted series on Broadcast television, returns for a second season Wednesday, May 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan (‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘The Visit’), the 10-episode, psychological thriller is based on the rich world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books. Starring Jason Patric (‘Rush,’ ‘Narc’), two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (‘Blood Diamond,’ ‘In America’) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Hope Davis (‘American Crime,’ ‘The Newsroom’), the 10-episode, second season will pick up after the shocking events of Season One, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. Dr. THEO YEDLIN (Patric) – a new resident of Wayward Pines – awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the middle of this rebellion, as he tries to understand what Wayward Pines really is and help preserve the endangered human race. Also joining the second season are cast members Tom Stevens (‘Cedar Cove’), returning from Season One as JASON HIGGINS, a member of the First Generation and Pilcher’s young acolyte; Nimrat Kaur (‘Homeland’) as REBECCA, who has her own secrets she keeps from Theo, her husband; Josh Helman (‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) as XANDER, a resident working to undermine Wayward Pines from within; and Kacey Rohl (‘Hannibal’) as KERRY, one of Jason’s lieutenants in the civil war going on in Wayward Pines.

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production details
Djimon Hounsou as CJ Mitchum
Hope Davis as Megan Fisher
Jason Patric as Dr. Theo Yedlin
Josh Helman as Xander Beck
Kacey Rohl as Kerry Campbell
Nimrat Kaur as Rebecca Yedlin
Tom Stevens as Jason Higgins

other cast info
Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger
Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke
Juliette Lewis as Beverly
Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke
Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam
Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger
Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke
Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope
Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler
Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins/David Pilcher

key behind the scenes crew
Ashwin Rajan as Executive Producer
Blake Crouch as Original author
Chad Hodge as Creator/Executive Producer
Donald De Line as Executive Producer
M. Night Shyamalan as Executive Producer/Director of Pilot

show type
scifi drama

Broadcast from
5/14/2015 – 2016

network and production companies
Fox – FX Productions

Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.