The Shannara Chronicles season 1 aired on MTV, but the fantasy TV series is getting a new home (namely, Spike) for season 2. Adapted from the bestselling series of novels of the same name written by Terry Brooks, The Shannara Chronicles was created and produced by showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar. Fans of the show are no doubt looking forward to returning to The Four Lands, to discover what will befall their favorite characters next.
As fate would have it, however, MTV parent company Viacom is currently in the midst of restructuring its many associated television networks, and intends to pull back all scripted-content from MTV in favor of producing more reality programs like the recently announced reboot of the iconic NBC property Fear Factor. Furthermore, with Spike slated to be rebranded as The Paramount Network starting in January 2018, The Shannara Chronicles will be finding a new home there later this fall.
As reported to Variety, The Shannara Chronicles is headed to Spike for season two while Viacom continues to shuffle its many associated brands and networks behind closed doors, at the behest of CEO Bob Bakish. Before Spike officially becomes The Paramount Network, showrunners Gough and Millar – alongside returning executive producers Terry Brooks, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, and Dan Farah – will bring the fantasy series to the long-established cable network, as part of its regular lineup of original programs.
Not to toss the entire show under the bus as things continue to change at Viacome, Bakish took the time to speak to the change in the network airing of The Shannara Chronicles, and made it abundantly apparent that the move is not a show of disinterest or lack of faith in the fantasy series. Speaking to enthusiasm for the production moving forward, an MTV spokesperson stated:
“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.”
Die-hard fans of the original fantasy series by Brooks can rest assured that Gough and Millar’s vision of The Shannara Chronicles will continue on Spike for season 2 this fall. Here’s to hoping for the very best as the program makes its move from one Viacom network to another.
The Shannara Chronicles season 2 premieres on Spike this fall.