TVWise continues our Upfronts coverage with a first look at Fox’s new drama series Wayward Pines.
From M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines follows US Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), who drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he’s the man who knew missing agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) better than anyone. They were more than partners; their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage. Everything changes when a truck slams into his car…and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable Nurse Pam (Melissa Leo) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam is more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes. As the mysteries within the town pile up, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic Dr Jenkins (Toby Jones), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital.
As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker Harold Ballinger (Reed Diamond), Ethan forms a bond with Beverly (Juliette Lewis), a bartender who is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is. Back home in Seattle, Ethan’s wife, Therese Burke (Shannyn Sossamon), a former Secret Service Agent trainee, is informed by Ethan’s boss, Adam Hassler (Tim Griffin), that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car which was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They’re still investigating. But this isn’t enough for Theresa. So she sets out on her own search for her husband, along with their teenage son, Ben (Charlie Tahan). Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town’s die-hard residents, especially Sheriff Arnold Pope (Terrence Howard), who takes offense at a US Secret Service agent showing up on his turf. Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?