The fantasy drama is based on the best-selling book series written by Terry Brooks, which follow the Elvin princess Amberle, human Eretria and elf-human hybrid Wil on their quest to save the world from an evil demon.
Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero and Austin Butler, James Remar, Brooke Williams, Daniel MacPherson, Aaron Jakubenko and Marcus Vanco star in the post-apocalyptic series, which is exec produced by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”), Jonathan Liebesman, Dan Farah, Brooks and Al Gough and Miles Millar who serve as showrunners. MTV produces with Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films.
“This dream team delivered a beautiful, ground breaking show with compelling stories and character journeys which brought in new viewers. I can’t wait to see what season 2 brings,” said Mina Lefevre, EVP and head of scripted development at MTV.
“We’re thrilled to continue the momentum established in Season 1,” added Jenna Glazier, EVP of television series at Sonar Entertainment. “Along with the ongoing support of MTV, the entire creative team is poised to raise the bar even higher in Season 2.”
“The Shannara Chronicles” performed pretty well on Tuesdays for MTV, ranking among cable’s top 10 series this spring in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. Skewing older than other MTV fare (median age 38.8), it averaged a 0.40 rating in 18-49 and 890,000 total viewers in same-day ratings, rising in L+3 for its finale to a 0.81 in the demo and 1.77 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.
The show fared well digitally, too, bringing in 16.6 million streams across all of MTV’s digital properties and significant traffic growth to the MTV App. “Shannara”ranked as the highest grossing digital download for a single season on MTV in the network’s history.
Premiering this January, the first season of “The Shannara Chronicles” spanned 10 episodes. No episode order or premiere date for season two has been set at this point.