TV Weekly cover: Matt Dillon learns that M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines bucolic facade hides sinister secrets

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09 May 2015

FOX, premieres Thursday, 9:00 PM ET

How do you describe the indescribable? It's one of the biggest challenges facing FOX’s 10-part psychological thriller “Wayward Pines,” which premieres Thursday.

A Secret Service agent finds himself in an idyllic town, but upon closer inspection, he realizes that the residents live under a strict set of rules governed by a sinister, omnipresent force. It’s a premise eerily familiar to fans of the cult drama “Twin Peaks,” but “Pines” comes with a series of tantalizing twists courtesy of the show’s executive producer and director, M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”), in his first project for television.

Matt Dillon is the center of this mysterious character-focused study as Secret Service agent Ethan Burke. When he stumbles into the quaint Idaho town of Wayward Pines while searching for two missing agents, he learns that despite his best efforts, he cannot leave. He also quickly realizes that beneath the town’s picture-perfect facade lie perverse and violent secrets, and the town is governed by a bizarre set of rules that each of the town’s off-kilter residents follow without question.

“The situation and the place that they’re in is so strange,” says Dillon. “The absurdity isn’t lost on Ethan.”

The series boasts a gifted and diverse cast with Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Carla Gugino and Toby Jones each crafting deliciously interesting characters. Dillon reveals that he particularly enjoys the repartee between his character and Howard’s, the town’s cool but menacing sheriff, and says that Oscar winner Leo is particularly jaw-dropping as sociopathic Nurse Pam.

A genre-bending mystery-thriller with an allstar cast, “Wayward Pines” should have viewers flocking to this sleepy — yet sinister — town.
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