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Event series Wayward Pines  is based on Blake Crouch’s novel Pines. The show centers on Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon, Crash) as he investigates the disappearance of two federal agents. Burke travels to a mysterious small Idaho town where the two were last seen. As Burke arrives in the small almost-too-good-to-be-true town, he quickly realizes he might never make it out alive.

Other town residents who may or may not be trying to keep Burke from leaving include Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones, The Girl), a psychiatrist at Wayward Pines Hospital, nurse Pam (Melissa Leo, Treme) who works at the same hospital and Arnold Pope (Terrence Howard, Empire), the town’s sheriff who doesn’t want Burke snooping around.

 

 

As soon as FOX announced it picked up Wayward Pines I was curious about the show. The premise sounded intriguing, and the fact that the show is based on a novel usually means at least the storyline is interesting. When more information was released I wasn’t disappointed. The trailer looks very interesting and gives a few hints as to what is going on. There are just enough hints to make a viewer anticipate the series premiere, but not enough to spoil the entire series.

Airing on Thursdays, Wayward Pines will have to compete with ABC’s Scandal during its first five episodes and then with Mistresses. Both shows aren’t in the same genre as Wayward Pines and therefore probably not be a big competition. Also halfway through Wayward Pines‘ season, CBS will air Big Brother‘s live eviction show, which usually reals in a decent audience and is a slightly tougher competitor than ABC’s shows (especially Mistresses), but it is also very far from Wayward Pines‘ genre. Two weeks after Wayward Pines‘ premiere, NBC will debut its new series Aquarius, which will have to show if it’s a worthy competitor, just like Wayward Pines itself has to do. All in all, the series has powerhouse Big Brother to compete with, but it’s the only series to air in its genre, which can be beneficial for the ratings (not that those really matter since it is an event series).

Wayward Pines has concluded its run after 2 seasons.

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