In a decision that no one saw coming, The Shannara Chronicles is moving from MTV to Spike TV for its second season.
Today we learned that The Shannara Chronicles will not be returning to MTV for its second season. Instead, the fantasy drama will be moving to Spike TV for another 10-episode installment.
Although Shannara did well on MTV (it was reportedly the most viewed scripted show on the network last year) it seems as though Viacom is hoping to restructure both networks and get more bang for their bucks.
Deadline is claiming that because Shannara’s core audience skewed to a more mature male base, the show will probably pick up more viewers on Spike. This, along with the fact that MTV is looking for a ‘brand reset’, adds up to a drastic move.
MTV released this statement announcing the decision:
“After much consideration it was decided that the second season of The Shannara Chronicles will air on Spike. We’re honored to have worked with our extraordinary production partner, Sonar Entertainment, along with fantasy visionaries and Executive Producers, Al Gough, Miles Millar, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman and Dan Farah along with Executive Producer and best-selling author of the book series, Terry Brooks. We’re pleased that fans of the beloved franchise will be able to follow the characters and epic story they love on its new network.”
The Shannara Chronicles was renewed almost a full year ago but this is the first definitive news we’ve had about where or when the show would be returning.
We do, however, have a some details about the new characters coming in for the show’s sophomore season. You can also check out our exclusive interview with Ivana Baquero, where she talked a little bit about what’s coming up for Eretria in season 2.