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Fox's sci-fi series Wayward Pines has its own big mystery, but the real mystery is just what the heck is going on with this show? After wrapping its second season in July, Fox has been quiet on if the show would return for a Season 3, which has lead many to believe that the show had been canceled. Fox has finally opened up on the fate of the series and revealed that it isn't canceled, but instead on hiatus, which also isn't terribly good news.
During the Television Critics Association executive session (via Deadline), Fox entertainment president David Madden spoke about the fate of some of the networks biggest question marks: namely X-Files and Wayward Pines. Madden made it clear that the mystery sci-fi show was not canceled, but fans will have to wait a while before they can again visit the post-apocalyptic paradise in Idaho.
Wayward is not canceled, but it will not be on this summer. Wayward didn't come together quickly enough for us to have it this summer; there have been discussions about casting. We're still talking about it, it's possible you'll see Wayward at some point back on Fox. But we are focusing a little bit more heavily on unscripted this summer.
So, Wayward Pines isn't canceled but it isn't out of the woods just yet. The series will not be returning this year in favor of a more unscripted summer slate. While this means Season 3 is still in development, these words don't really inspire much confidence in the show. While Season 1 over performed in ratings, Season 2's numbers dropped steadily, which is what made its renewal fate so unclear. There's a solid chance Wayward Pines could find its way back onscreen, but at this point, it feels like fans will have to wait for a while longer to get clear news on when it will come back.
Wayward Pines first made its way onto air in 2015. It was adapted from a trilogy of novels written by Blake Crouch, with M. Night Shyamalan serving as an executive producer. The series lent itself well to Shyamalan's twisty reputation and focused on a secret service agent (played by Matt Dillon) who one day wakes up in Wayward Pines, Idaho with no memory of how he got there. He soon learned that there was more to this seemingly idyllic town than met the eye, encountering mysterious characters and finding himself unable to leave the town. Season 2 might as well have been an entirely different show. It focused on a new cast of characters but still explored the same central mystery in the same setting.
It's unclear when exactly Wayward Pines will return, but keep checking with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated as new information becomes available. To learn which shows are absolutely coming back on the air this year, follow along with our midseason premiere guide!