As already covered, FOX has renewed Wayward Pines for a second season. Variety reports that Wayward Pines creator and season one showrunner, Chad Hodge, will not return for season two. Hodge has a new thriller series, Good Behavior, on TNT.
According to Variety, M. Night Shyamalan, “…will serve as an exec producer with Donald De Line, Ashwin Rajan, Mark Friedman and Blake Crouch, who wrote the Wayward Pines books on which the Fox series is based.”
TV Wise adds:
The second season of Wayward Pines picks up in the wake of Season One, 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. Given the amount of time Fox took to make a decision on the show’s fate, the options have been allowed to lapse and so it is not immediately clear if the core cast from season one will return, or if the series will be going down more of an anthology route with a new cast a la FX’s Fargo.
In addition to the potential changes in front of the camera, there is fairly significant change going on behind the scenes. Chad Hodge, who developed Wayward Pines for television alongside M. Night Shyamalan, is exiting as the showrunner and will not be back for season two. Replacing him in the post is Mark Friedman, who executive produces alongside Ashwin Rajan, Donald De Line, Blake Crouch and M. Night Shyamalan. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio. Fox International Channels retains global broadcasting and distribution rights.
What do you think? Will season two of Wayward Pines be all right without Hodge? Do you plan to tune in?