Melissa Leo: “I’ll jam this bad boy straight to the bone!”

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I’m super glad to see that Melissa Leo will make her return to the television spotlight this Thursday. That’s when uber creepy “Wayward Pines” premieres on Fox at 9 p.m.

The Academy Award-winning actress, who has lots of East End ties (including her dad, who lives in Springs, and several recent HIFF appearances to her credit), will play menacing Nurse Pam in this 10-episode drama by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Matt Dillon. The show looks like something I’m going to really get into — think “Twin Peaks” meets early “American Horror Show.” And Leo, whom co-star Juliette Lewis calls “riveting” will be right there in the thick of it.

In the show, Matt Dillon plays a Secret Service agent on the hunt for his missing partner and another federal agent. While investigating their disappearances, he gets into a car accident in a seemingly charming and bucolic town in Idaho. He wakes up in a nearly deserted hospital (enter Nurse Pam) and quickly realizes that he might be the next one to be lost. Soon after meeting Leo’s character, she comes at him with a scary-looking needle and threatens, “ Stay still … or I’ll jam this bad boy straight to the bone!”

“Wayward Pines” is packed with talent. It also stars Toby Jones, another HIFF attendee; Carla Gugino; Terrence Howard; and Hope Davis, among others.

Here are some fun facts about Melissa Leo:

You might recall that the Academy Award-winning actress (for “The Fighter”) got her big break in showbiz as Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on “Homicide: Life on the Street.” You might not know, however, that she beat out Julia Roberts for the part of Linda Warner in on “All My Children” before either actress hit it big or that Leo was considered for the role the eventually went to Demi Moore in “About Last Night.”

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