Director M. Night Shyamalan poses for portrait during the 2015 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
For years, the legendary M Night Shyamalan has lost his luster.. gone were the hits and surprise endings.. And in were the critics who slammed him for lame story lines and hackneyed tales and fables.
WAYWARD PINES was different..
Since the inception of the show, ratings were strong.
Viewers seemingly have become content with NIGHT’s PINES after ten episodes–something people were pondering, would viewers accept his style after so many busts at the box office..? They did.
The program has already covered Blake Crouch’s entire trilogy.. But rumors persist: If FOX wants more, there are ideas.. There are also rumored ‘preliminary’ discussions about the program and whether more are coming..
FOX may see ratings and get ideas. The series began strong–and ended strong. The show was strong throughout the duration..TVSERIESFINALE.COM has the numbers proving success.. there were only two weeks where large drop offs took place. Otherwise, the final show soared 22%..
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The success of WAYWARD PINES is fueling hopes in the Shyamalan camp that the pesky movies some former fans called atrocities in cinema may be behind him. Things like THE VILLAGE, LADY IN THE WATER, and THE HAPPENING–though I have professed my fondness on a number of occasions for all three aforementioned non-hits.
This fall, September 11 to be exact, THE VISIT will premiere in theaters..
To what audiences?
To what money?
To what success or lukewarm response?
Time will tell.
But I think the M NIGHT name may be stronger than the weakest moments. People are fond of THE SIXTH SENSE and SIGNS. That is how we got to know Shaymalan. And all those others are forgivable.
In the movie business, directors get second chances. In this case, perhaps 5th chances.
After WAYWARD PINES, newfound respect is being given to Shyamalan–perhaps enough respect that he will end up with a season 2 along with a hit autumn chiller..