In July, FOX advertised the final episode of its summer series “Wayward Pines” as the “series finale.”

Five months later, the network is calling do-over: It’s picked up a second season of the show to debut in summer 2016.

“‘Wayward Pines’ was a huge hit for us this past summer,” FOX Entertainment president David Madden says. “We were absolutely blown away by the mysterious and surprising world that [exec producer M. Night Shyamalan] and his team created, and the twisting-and-turning storytelling that drew viewers in from day one. Season 2 is going to take the suspense, the vision of the future and the haunting character drama to whole new levels.”

“Wayward Pines” averaged a 1.1 same-day rating among adults 18-49 over the summer. It doubled to 2.2 in Live +7 ratings.

FOX is being coy about the story for Season 2, but given the events of the finale, it’s probably safe to assume some new faces will populate the series. The network will only say that the new season revolves around “a new arrival in Wayward Pines [who] finds himself in the middle of a serious rebellion, as the residents battle over how to preserve the endangered human race.”

The show will also have some behind-the-scenes changes. Season 1 showrunner Chad Hodge has left the series, and Mark Friedman (“Believe,” “The Forgotten”) will take over.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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