MTV’s Shannara Chronicles was a hit with critics and fans alike. Then, it moved to Spike TV for season 2 and tanked. Can Netflix raise it from the dead?
The Shannara Chronicles was rated MTV’s “highest rated and most watched scripted series of the year” in 2016. Based on the Terry Brooks’ best-selling fantasy books, the series moved to Spike TV for their second season. It did not fare as well there and has been scheduled for cancellation.
Then, Season 2 recently became available on Netflix.
The End Might not be the End
Spike is currently transforming into Paramount Network, which Viacom is setting up as their scripted brand. The producer of Shannara, Sonar Entertainment, is looking for a new home for the series for season 3 and beyond. Deadline reports the show was filmed on location in New Zealand, starring Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon)…
They’ll also be joined by new cast members, who’ll be playing Vanessa Morgan (Lyria), Malese Jow (Mareth), Gentry White (Garet), Caroline Chikezie (Queen Tamlin), and Desmond Chiam (General Riga).
Reviews on the series have been overwhelmingly positive despite lower viewership:
The Shannara Chronicles‘ most recent second season has scored 100% fresh reviews and 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the series also has been hailed for being racially and sexually diverse, with Emmy winner Lena Waithe calling it “groundbreaking.”
Chances for the series to be picked up seem pretty good at the moment. Both Netflix and Amazon appear to be interested. Perhaps looking into a package deal that would include “interactive (VR and AR) and merchandising rights.” From Collider:
The series also currently streams on Netflix in the US and internationally, which could put them in contention for the rights, while Amazon (who has been looking for a fantasy epic and who obviously sells the book series) could also be interested.
A brief synopsis of the series:
Season one of The Shannara Chronicles roughly follows the storylines set out in The Elfstones of Shannara, set in the fictional Four Lands. As the series opens, demons start to return after being banished from this world to a place known as the Forbidding—locked by an ancient tree called the Ellcrys. The series chronicles the journey of Wil, Amberle and Eretria who, with the guidance of the last druid Allanon, must go on a quest to protect the Ellcrys from dying and releasing all the banished demons back into the Four Lands.
If you read the books and enjoyed them, chances are very good that you’ll enjoy this series. Head on over to Netflix and check it out.
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