Quick Pilot Thoughts: Wayward Pines

Wayward PinesThe Wayward Pines pilot aired on Fox last night – if you missed it, you should be able to catch it on Hulu or On Demand – and, like my friend June Thomas, who reviewed it for Slate, I found it to be, if not good, at least quite watchable. As she says: “In some ways, it’s a perfect summer show—just complicated enough to hold viewers’ attention without raising their temperature or heart rate.” I like several people in the cast, and enjoyed watching this first episode, and I’m mildly curious about the answers to the show’s big mysteries – but I don’t think I’ll be losing much sleep over it. And that’s fine! Of course, it’s hard to go by one episode, and it’s totally possible that in a week or two I’ll either be obsessed OR be bored/frustrated with the endless questions. But it sounds like the writers have made an effort to provide answers, at least partial, as they go, and they keep promising everything will be answered by the end. I care about that less as far as the answers themselves and more in that I like knowing that a show has a plan. Aside from that issue – Melissa Leo and Toby Jones are creepily great, of course, and I’ve learned I apparently had no idea who Matt Dillon was (though of course I knew the name) but he seems fine. There is, as June mentioned in the review linked above, some amazingly malevolent ice cream eating, and that goes a long way for me. I’ll be along for the ride, at least for now.

(Note: Yes, I’m going into this without having read Blake Crouch’s source material; I’m on my library’s waiting list for the first novel, Pines, and/but I’m also wondering if this is a case in which knowing [at least a version of] the answers would make the show less enjoyable. Well, we’ll see when the book comes in and when I have time to read it.)

Trailer: Wayward Pines

Wayward PinesFox has released the full-length trailer for upcoming event series Wayward Pines, based on the novels of Bert Crouch and produced by M. Night Shyamalan. It stars Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Carla Gugino, and Terrence Howard. We don’t have a premiere date yet, but I’ll let you know when we do!

Trailer: Wayward Pines

Wayward PinesFox has unveiled the first trailer for their event series Wayward Pines, which is based on the novels of Blake Crouch and produced by M. Night Shyamalan. The thriller stars Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Carla Gugino, and Terrence Howard, and the show will premiere sometime in 2015. This is definitely one of those trailers that makes me say “I have no idea what’s going on, but I’m intrigued.” If you’d like to see a bit more of the show, check out some pictures at Give Me My Remote.

TV Casting: Wayward Pines, Witches of East End, Surviving Jack, Undateable

  • Juliette Lewis will co-star in M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines, based on the novel by Blake Crouch.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. will guest star on Witches of East End.
  • Rachael Harris has replaced Alex Kapp Horner in Surviving Jack, based on Justin Halpern’s I Suck at Girls.
  • And Megan Park will play the lead role vacated by Aly Michalka in Undateable.

TV Casting: Outlander, Elementary, Game of Thrones, & More

Happy Friday! Let’s catch up on a bunch of TV casting.

Wayward Pines Casts Melissa Leo

Melissa LeoAccording to The Hollywood Reporter and others, Melissa Leo (The Fighter) has joined the cast of Fox’s limited series Wayward Pines (from M. Night Shyamalan) in a co-starring role. She’ll play Nurse Pam, “the intense, unpredictable nurse who first takes care of Ethan [Matt Dillon] when he wakes up in the Wayward Pines hospital. But it soon seems Pam may be more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals and her role in the town of Wayward Pines proves much deeper than it first appears.” The ten-part drama is based on the novel by Blake Crouch.

Fox Greenlights Wayward Pines Starring Matt Dillon

Matt DillonDeadline reports that Fox has greenlit Wayward Pines, a limited series adaptation of Blake Crouch’s novel Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan and starring Matt Dillon. It will air in 2014. Here’s the official description of the book from Crouch’s site:

“Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels… off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact — he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.”

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