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New 'Twin Peaks'? Sort of...

Those rumors about someone bringing "Twin Peaks" aren't completely off base; Fox is developing "Wayward Pines," a 10- to 12-episode series from M. Night Shyamalan that the network touts as being like "Twin Peaks."

Fox on Tuesday also announced it is developing another limited-run series called "Blood Brothers" from the producers of "Band of Brothers."

The network is calling both projects "long-form event series." They're too long to call miniseries and too short to be full series, I guess. Fox plans to debut whichever event series it picks up in 2014.

Based on the best-selling novel "Pines" by Blake Crouch, "Wayward Pines" is described by Fox as an "intense, mind-bending thriller evocative of the classic cult hit 'Twin Peaks.'" In it, Secret Service agent Ethan Burke investigates the dissappearance of two federal agents in Wayward Pines, Id. And, you guessed it, he uncovers bizarre mysteries during his search.

"Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive," Fox says.

Chicago native Chad Hodge ("The Playboy Club") wrote the script upon which it is based, and Shyamalan, Hodge, Donald De Line ("Green Lantern," "The Italian Job") and Ashwin Rajan ("After Earth") are executive producing.

"Blood Brothers" is written and executive produced by Bruce C. McKenna ("Band of Brothers," "The Pacific") and also executive produced by Gary Randall ("The Glades," "Saving Grace") and Timothy Scott Bogart ("Majors & Minors," "Touched").

The series, billed as the true story of the West Point Class of 1861, follows classmates who find themselves on opposite of the Civil War.

"For four violent years, these former comrades fought directly against each other, even as many of them rose from lowly second lieutenants to field generals," Fox writes. "Throughout the conflict, however, they never lost their love and esteem for each other, which often resulted in many acts of kindness that stretched across enemy lines. Some died; others were broken by the conflict. But every one of the Brothers was utterly changed by a war that not only redefined America, but which still resonates today."

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