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‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Moves From MTV to Spike for Season 2

Viacom network loses another scripted series amid restructuring

“The Shannara Chronicles” will have a new home when it returns for Season 2.

The fantasy TV series will move from MTV to Spike for its sophomore season, scheduled to premiere in the fall. The 10-episode season doesn’t currently have a premiere date, though Spike plans to re-air Season 1 beginning June 29, following the premiere of the Stephen King adaptation “The Mist.”

The move leaves MTV with one fewer scripted series amid the ongoing Viacom restructuring. The final season of “Teen Wolf” is set to premiere this summer, and an abbreviated third season of “Scream,” which will be rebooted with a new cast and location, is currently scheduled for the fall.

Paramount Network — which will become the new name for Spike in a rebranding scheduled for January — looks to be the new priority for Viacom’s scripted efforts. The company recently relocated “American Woman” and “Heathers” to Paramount, both of which had previously been in development at TV Land.

Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko and Marcus Vanco star, with new cast members Vanessa Morgan, Malese Jow, Gentry White, Caroline Chikezie, and Desmond Chiam joining for Season 2.

According to the official description, “Season 2 takes place one year after the events of last season. The Four Lands are in chaos. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. Wil, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer. But when a mysterious woman named Mareth saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight.”

Created by Al Gough and Miles Millar and based on the fantasy book series by Terry Brooks, “The Shannara Chronicles” is executive produced by Gough & Millar, Brooks, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, and Dan Farah. The series is produced and distributed worldwide by Sonar Entertainment in association with Millar/Gough Ink and Farah Films.

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