South African viewers will get to see the brand-new mystery and spooky drama series Wayward Pines on FOX (StarSat 131 / DStv 125) when the "new Twin Peaks" debut on 14 May 2015 in South Africa as well as 124 other countries in the biggest simultaneous worldwide start of a scripted TV drama yet.
In May TV with Thinus reported that Wayward Pines, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan will start in South Africa very closely after its international and American debut - which will now be on the exact same day in 125 countries, including South Africa, thanks to FOX International Channels (FIC).
It makes the new 10-episode first season of the psychological thriller the world's largest day-and-date launch for a scripted TV series ever with FIC hoping to capture the same massive global audience and success as it did with zombie drama The Walking Dead.
In Wayward Pines, filmed in British Colombia, Matt Dillon is a secret service agent in a mission to find two missing federal agents in the town of Wayward Pines where nothing - and nobody - is as it appears to be.
Other stars include Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, Toby Jones, Tim Griffin and Shannyn Sossamon. Wayward Pines is produced by FX Productions with M. Night Shyamalan who is also the director of the first episode besides being the executive producer.
"Wayward Pines has all the makings of an international hit - a spectacular, world-renowned cast, thrills crafted by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, and a global FOX launch platform reaching more than 350 million viewers," says FIC.
Wayward Pines will start on FOX in South Africa similar to the global deals which have seen shows like The Walking Dead, The Bridge, Falling Skies and Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey being broadcast in South Africa on FOX and the National Geographic Channel closely on the heels of episodes shown in the United States and worldwide.
FOX International Channels (FIC), FOX Broadcasting Company and FX Productions have signed a deal giving FIC control of all international rights of Wayward Pines.