Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Wayward Pines" Preview Review

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HEY, HEY, HEY everyone, it's time once again for The TV Round Up for 2015! Kicking things off we have FOX's upcoming series "Wayward Pines". The series stars Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis and the awesome Miss Shannyn Sossamon. "Wayward Pines" is based on "Pines" by. Blake Crouch. The series is developed by Chad Hodge who previously created the VERY short lived CW series "Runaway" and the other short lived NBC series "The Playboy Club", not a great track record to start off with. Speaking of track records, the producers for this series is Donald DeLine who's most recent production includes "Green Lantern", "Yogi Bear" and "Burlesque".  Most shocking producer is M. Night Shyamalan who's fall from grace is SO epic one could write a Dante-esque poem about it. So let's take a look at the trailer and see what we got!

Well, I must say, despite a few issues (which I'll get into later) I am no doubt intrigued by this. Call me a sucker for small town mysteries but this looks down right weird. There are a few interesting things here that I need to discuss, for starters, while I'll be checking this out with great zeal, I don't exactly see how long they can keep this series going for several seasons as the central mystery to the show is unclear (which is good). For starters, Donald DeLine was also a producer on the movie "The Stepford Wives" and while there's a canyon between that and this show, the way Carla Gugino acts and maintains a smile while remaining paranoid because "they're watching." is very reminiscent of "The Stepford Wives". There might be a mind control element to this and to be honest, this series might be reminiscent of "The Prisoner" (the Real one, not the American one). Terrence Howard is in this show, however he's also in another show "Empire", so how long will he be on the series, no clue.

While M. Night Shamalyan is pegged as producer and director of the pilot episode, his involvement might just be limited to just that and considering this is an adaptation (and while liberties can and will be taken) his influence might only go so far, but we shall see. All in all, this looks right up my ally but Chad Hodges has yet to find a winner, we'll see if "Wayward Pines" can break his cancellation cycle.

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