He discussed why at a New York Comic Con panel on Thursday for his upcoming Apple TV Plus thriller series, "Servant."
"You can probably count on two hands every show that has gone from beginning to end with the same quality," he said.
But he was drawn to "Servant" because it's a half-hour thriller and "had a play-like quality to it."
"Servant" debuts on Apple TV Plus on November 28.
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Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, known for thrillers like 1999's "The Sixth Sense" and more recently "Glass," is diving back into television for the first time since Fox's 2015 mystery series "Wayward Pines," which he produced.