You may think your town is weird, but it has absolutely nothing on Fox’s upcoming mystery drama event series Wayward Pines, which also happens to have 100% more Matt Dillon than wherever you live.
As a horror fan, I consider myself spoiled by the wealth of television series that are giving the genre its due attention. Two of the most intriguing upcoming projects are Showtime’s literary mash-up Penny Dreadful and Fox’s small town thrillerWayward Pines, created by M. Night Shyamalan and Chad Hodge. Intriguing doesn’t necessarily mean good, mind you, but there’s certainly less clear expectations going into these series than those that came attached to Hannibal and Dracula.
M. Night Shyamalan might be a little bit of a joke in the theatrical world, but a lot of high end actors and actresses have signed on for Wayward Pines, an event series headed to Fox. Recently, Natural Born Killers and The Other Sister actress Juliette Lewis joined the cast of the event series, which will be similar to a miniseries but will run for a little longer on the network, airing 10 full episodes to tell its story.
For an actor who's in demand, there's probably a benefit to limited series as opposed to a TV pilot in the running to go to series, as the actor can take a major role without having to make a long-term commitment that might limit their availability for other projects. That may have been the draw for Carla Gugino when she signed on for USA's Political Animals, which aired last year, and who is now on board to star in M. Night Shyamalan's limited series Wayward Pines for Fox.
An actress as talented as Melissa Leo can't be confined to just one medium or genre. Her recent credits include thrillers Oblivion and Olympus Has Fallen, not to mention, The Fighter, which won her an Oscar. While on the small screen, she was tackling drama with HBO's Treme and Mildred Pierce and comedy with a small but memorable role in FX's Louie. She has a number of feature roles coming up, but it looks like the Oscar winner also set to return to television as she's been cast in one of Fox's "event series," Wayward Pines.
Fox announced their 2013-2014 lineup this morning, along with the planned schedule, which sets up new comedies on Tuesday nights and adds a number of other new series to the schedule, along with the returning shows. Among the new series is J.J. Abrams' sci-fi cop series Almost Human, Seth MacFarlane's new live-action comedy Dads and new animated comedy Murder Police.
As much as we love shows that go on for seasons, there's really something to be said for those miniseries or - as Fox puts it in a recent announcement - "long form event series" that tell a story and conclude over the stretch of a season. Fox's announcement about two projects indicates that, at the very least, they're looking to explore this type of story-telling.