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For anyone unfamiliar with Blake Crouch here are a few pointers. His flavour of thriller fiction has made him a household internet sensation. One such creation made its way onto Fox this week in the shape of Wayward Pines. Starting off like first person survival horror, before segueing swiftly into Lynchian homage, Pines is neither overly sophisticated, nor strikingly original at first glance.
Fleshed out by a who’s who of character talent, with at least one Oscar nominee, this ten part drama is both tightly plotted and engaging. Name dropping like a society debutante, the cast includes Toby Jones, Terence Howard and Juliette Lewis. Or Capote, James ‘where’s my money’ Rhodes and ‘the patented indie muse’ as I like to call them. Including Melissa Leo, Carla Gugino and Matt Dillon only serves to add further depth, making Pines both uniquely tempting and simultaneously intriguing. »
- Gary Collinson
What is heck is happening in Wayward Pines? Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) went from believing he was losing his mind to learning "the rules" of the town to working with Beverly (Juliette Lewis) to escape in "Do Not Discuss Your Life Before." Unfortunately, their plan hit a huge snag when phones started ringing throughout the town.
BuddyTV caught up with Executive Producer M. Night Shyamalan at C2E2 to find out if viewers should believe what they see, whether Beverly is really dead, the shifting tone of the series and more. »
Wayward Pines, Season 1, Episode 2, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before”
Written by Chad Hodge
Directed by Charlotte Sieling
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
If “Where Paradise Is Home” suggested that Wayward Pines operates by a code of conduct different from the rest of the world, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before” removes the ambiguity from that by printing that code out and plastering it in every public building in town. The rules are simple, yet highly restrictive: Do not try to leave. Do not discuss the past. Do not discuss your life before. Always answer the phone if it rings. Work hard, be happy, and enjoy your life in Wayward Pines! By the end of the episode, Ethan has broken one rule, seen Beverly violate two others, and witnessed how adherence to the fourth turns this placid community into a veritable lynch mob.
The further establishment of how »
- Les Chappell
Here we are in week two of Wayward Pines with "Do Not Discuss Your Life Before" and the plot continues its labyrinthine journey into insanity. The surprise ending of this episode has left viewers stunned and skeptical. Did that really happen? Is this some kind of bait-n-switch, or is that main character really dead? Further confusing the fact that the actor playing the part is credited for being in all ten episodes. Wha--? Yeah.
Questions remaining from "Where Paradise is Home" include: How did Wayward Pines get to be like this? What retribution is so heinous that Ethan's ex-lover Kate would abandon her real life to avoid? What does Ethan Burke's Secret Service boss Adam Hassler know about what's going on and what experiment is Dr. Jenkins running that Ethan is unwillingly participating in? Sounds like a lot of questions, right? Well, Executive Producer M. Night Shyamalan has us right »
We haven’t heard much from you guys about “Wayward Pines,” the new M. Night Shyamalan show on FX, but with Episode 1.02, “Don’t Discuss Your Life Before,” heading our way in just a few more days, we thought we’d share… Continue Reading →
The post Don’t Discuss Your Life Before Seeing These Images and Clips from Wayward Pines Episode 1.02 appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
The limited event series may have had a soft start when it debuted on very competitive May 14 of NBA playoff games and network finales, but Wayward Pines has made the jump to light speed in Live+3 ratings.With the highest percentage gain of any Fox debut ever in time-shifted numbers, the M. Night Shyamalan-directed premiere rose 90% from its Live + Same Day result among adults 18-49 to a 1.9/6 rating. Viewershipwise, the series starring Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo,Carla… »
Fox’s “Wayward Pines” had a tough task when it bowed last week — airing opposite season finales on the competition and a big NBA playoff game — but plenty of viewers caught up with the premiere episode of the event series over the weekend.
According to Nielsen’s “live plus-3″ estimates, which include three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing, “Wayward Pines” averaged a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49, a 90% jump over its same-night average (1.0). The percentage gain is the largest for any series debut on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or CW this season.
For the week, that put it ahead of at least four series on the Big Four network — “Stalker,” “Undateable,” “CSI: Cyber” and “American Crime” — that had outdrawn it in the 18-49 demo in same-night ratings.
In total viewers, “Wayward Pines” grew 65% — from 3.76 million to 6.2 million.
- Rick Kissell
For Fox’s “Wayward Pines,” it’s all about the bump. The M. Night Shyamalan thriller had a limp debut on Thursday, generating a 1.0 rating/3 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. But in the 72 hours that followed, the rating grew 90 percent to a 1.9 rating/6 share, per Nielsen’s live-plus-3 measurement. That represents the biggest playback increase for any series debut on the five broadcast nets this season — and a sliver of hope for the show’s future. Also Read: Ratings: Fox's 'Wayward Pines' Debut Lost in the Woods Against 'Scandal' Season Finale Of course, a high percentage increase is easier to achieve. »
- Tony Maglio
As chance would have it, the news of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" re-return hit only a few hours after I got off the phone with Catherine E. Coulson, better known as the series' enigmatic "Log Lady." I had just spoken with the actress at length about the Showtime revival, which at the time of our interview remained in limbo following Lynch's declaration last month that he had pulled out of the project over a budget dispute. It was truly an odd coincidence, and came at a time when many fans of the original series had all but given up hope that the revival would ever make it to air. But it's clear that the dogged loyalty shown by Coulson and a number of her "Twin Peaks" co-stars, including Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn, James Marshall, Madchen Amick and Kimmy Robertson -- all of whom participated in a video »
- Chris Eggertsen
The new Fox series Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending, 10-episode event thriller, in which Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) drives to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho to search for two missing federal agents, and mysteries within the town pile up, making Burke wonder whether he’ll ever make it home again. Based on Blake Crouch’s international best-selling series of books and brought to life by executive producer by M. Night Shyamalan, who directed the pilot, the show also stars Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Shannyn Sossamon and Charlie Tahan. During this exclusive interview with Collider, M. Night Shyamalan talked about why Wayward Pines struck him in a way that other TV pilots hadn’t, the extraordinary premise and great screenplay that he had to work with, learning how to put the right writers’ room together for a TV series, »
- Christina Radish
For a still-young subgenre, it can feel as if the narrative possibilities of the War in Afghanistan soldier study are approaching exhaustion — until a film like Clement Cogitore’s clever, curiosity-stoking “The Wakhan Front” points out the pockets of uncanny experience that lie within it still. A portrait of tense frontline routine in which the most urgent threat to troops’ survival takes a distinctly metaphysical form, this brooding broadcast from the Twilight War Zone stars the steadfast Jeremie Renier as a committed French army captain whose authority gradually deserts him when his men begin unaccountably disappearing. Though its disquieting premise never quite combusts into a full-scale psychological thriller, Cogitore’s accomplished, arresting debut should reverberate widely on the festival circuit; select distributors may proceed with caution.
- Guy Lodge
Reviewing The Sea of Trees, with Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, for Time Out, Guy Lodge notes that Gus Van Sant "has long exhibited a curiously split directorial personality, producing one dripping barrel of schmaltz like Restless for every Elephant-style study in austere severity. Still, he may never have made a film quite as banal as this life-after-near-death drama, which resembles one of Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase's spiritualist tone poems brutally hijacked in the editing suite by M. Night Shyamalan." We're collecting more pans, one defense and a clip. » - David Hudson »
One way to pass the time during “The Sea of Trees” — preferably during one of Matthew McConaughey’s interminable misty-eyed monologues — is to try and figure out exactly how many bad movies the actor, screenwriter Chris Sparling and director Gus Van Sant have managed to squeeze into their tale of a man’s lonely quest to take his own life. Almost impressive in the way it shifts from dreary two-hander to so-so survival thriller to terminal-illness weepie to M. Night Shyamalan/Nicholas Sparks-level spiritual hokum, this risibly long-winded drama is perhaps above all a profound cultural insult, milking the lush green scenery of Japan’s famous Aokigahara forest for all it’s worth, while giving co-lead Ken Watanabe little to do other than moan in agony, mutter cryptically, and generally try to act as though McConaughey’s every word isn’t boring him (pardon the expression) to death.
How this dramatically stillborn, »
- Justin Chang
Fox’s “Wayward Pines” opened modestly on Thursday opposite a pair of season finales — ABC’s “Scandal” and NBC’s “The Blacklist” — that finished with upticks but were down sharply from last year. Overall, it was fairly sluggish for a final Thursday of the television season, with a high-rated NBA playoff game on Espn at least partly to blame.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s season finales of “Scandal” (2.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) stood as Thursday’s top two series in 18-49. While each was up a tick from last week, they were down 32% and 15% respectively vs. last year’s season-enders. “Grey’s,” for a show in its 11th season and in an earlier timeslot, is still performing admirably, but anchor “Scandal’s” decline this spring and must be sending off some alarm bells at the Alphabet. »
- Rick Kissell
Fox miniseries “Wayward Pines” may not have stood a chance, premiering against ABC’s mighty “Scandal” season finale. Still, the numbers were not good for M. Night Shyamalan‘s small-screen offering. “Pines,” which stars Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis, managed just a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.8 million total viewers. Fox is anticipating/hoping for a strong bump in delayed viewing, as ABC may have been the priority last night for fans drawn to both shows. It wasn’t all great for “Scandal,” however, as the Kerry Washington show was down 32 percent from April 2014’s season finale. NBC’s “The Blacklist” fell. »
- Tony Maglio
Written by Blake Crouch
Directed by M. Night Shymalan
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
As even a cursory glance at the TV Tropes page will tell you, the idea of a seemingly normal town with a dark secret is one of popular culture’s most frequently explored ideas. The dichotomy of an idyllic life with lurking horrors underneath it has been deployed by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to David Lynch to David E. Kelley, yielding a spectrum of results and interpretations. There’s been so many of them, in fact, that it’s dulled the impact of the genre because the audience is expecting something strange to happen before too long. For a new entry to stand out, it needs to have either an incredibly distinctive voice or a twist on the structure that transcends its stock setting. »
- Les Chappell
Are you ready for TV's twistiest new show? Wayward Pines—Fox's newest people-stuck-in-weird-small-town mystery show—premieres tonight, and executive producer M. Night Shyamalan can promise us one thing: the characters are absolutely not dead. In fact, if they were, he wouldn't have even taken on the project. "I called them and I said, as long as everyone isn't dead, I'll do it," the king of plot twists tells E!'s Kristin Dos Santos. "The answer was 'not dead.'" Shyamalan is responsible for some of the biggest plot twists in film history, including, perhaps, the biggest one of all, when it was revealed that—spoiler alert!—Bruce Willis »
So, here we are. As promised, I’m here to offer a counterpoint to, well, myself in the case of M. Night Shyamalan, who serves as executive producer and one of the handful of directors on Fox’s upcoming Wayward Pines. Even so, the look of Wayward Pines is all Shyamalan, much like David Fincher’s stylistic signature has remained on House of Cards despite him having directed only a few episodes. Shyamalan’s ability to evince an eerie atmosphere through patience and a deep respect for quiet remains clear even today, when he’s not dealing with wind-harnessing wizards or whatever the hell that thing at the end of After Earth was supposed to be. He’s also refined a shaggy, intermittently insightful perspective on the relationship between parents and children, something that felt far more convincing early on into his career. That being said, that visual evocation of intimacy, »
- Chris Cabin
At a Television Critics Association panel for his new TV series Wayward Pines, M. Night Shyamalan said something that speaks volumes about narrative instinct. “I would love to make the first act the entire movie,” Shyamalan said. “That’s my favorite part of the movie, and moviegoers and where we are in cinema now, it’s as…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Chicago – The 2015 TV season just got a little more intriguing, with the premiere of “Wayward Pines” on the Fox network on Thursday, May 14th. The series features Matt Dillon, and the Executive Producer and Director of the first episode, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”).
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
“Wayward Pines” features Matt Dillon as a U.S. Secret Service agent who is called into the small Idaho town of Wayward Pines, to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents. The series also features Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis. The show was picked up for an initial ten episodes, primarily directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago. »
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