Renewed: The Affair, Wayward Pines
Two US dramas returning -but key changes surround one of them.
In somewhat surprising news Wayward Pines has been renewed for a second season -surprising because the show was always planned as a stand-alone series with no plans to return.
But the show attracted some good reactions for its spirited sense of sci-fi and will pick up where Season One ended, 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.
“Wayward Pines was a huge hit for us this past summer,” FOX Entertainment president David Madden said. “We were absolutely blown away by the mysterious and surprising world that Night and his team created, and the twisting-and-turning storytelling that drew viewers in from day one.”
However there are some significant changes.
Because of the long time frame between renewals, the options on actors including Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino and Melissa Leo have expired.
The second installment will feature different characters and cast but in the same world.
While M. Night Shyamalan is back as an executive producer, Chad Hodge, who wrote the adaptation of Blake Crouch’s best-selling series of books, won’t return. Believe creator Mark Friedman becomes the new showrunner.
Meanwhile in unrelated news The Affair has been renewed for a third season.
Sarah Treem’s drama starring Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney is averaging 1.5 million total viewers and has its season finale Monday December 21 on Showcase.