FOX is developing a pair of miniseries. Or, since “miniseries” is a bad word in television these days, “long-form event series.”
The two projects, at least one of which will air in 2014, are “Wayward Pines,” a thriller executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, and “Blood Brothers,” about the West Point class of 1861 that was divided by the Civil War.
“‘Wayward Pines’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ represent exactly the kind of high-impact, 10- to 12-part events we set out to develop when we entered the limited series business,” FOX Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly says. “These two series are the first of many big ideas, big names and big talent that you can anticipate will be on our air in the next 12 to 24 months.”
“Wayward Pines” is based on the novel “Pines” by Blake Crouch. FOX name-checks “Twin Peaks” in its description of the story about a Secret Service agent who travels to Wayward Pines, Idaho, to search for two missing federal agents and discovers a deep well of mystery there.
Chad Hodge (“The Playboy Club,” “Runaway”) wrote the script for the project and will executive produce with Shyamalan, Donald De Line and Ashwin Rajan.
“Blood Brothers” comes from Bruce McKenna (“Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific”). It follows the 1861 graduates of the United States Military Academy as they end up on opposite sides of the Civil War, fighting against one another but maintaining the bond from their time at West Point.
McKenna is executive producing with Gary Randall and Timothy Scott Bogart.
FOX plans to order at least one of the two shows to pilot later this year for a 2014 premiere.