Why Shannara Chronicles Was Canceled By Spike
While The Shannara Chronicles got off to a strong start the show suffered a huge ratings dip when it moved network. Here’s why season 3 won’t happen.
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Despite attracting a strong cult following, The Shannara Chronicles season 3 has been canceled. The Shannara Chronicles was a fantasy series based on author Terry Brooks’ The Sword Of Shannara Trilogy and takes place in a distant future. The Shannara Chronicles season 1 was executive produced by Jon Favreau (The Lion King) and roughly adapted the story of Brooks’ The Elfstones Of Shannara. The series follows a group of characters who must protect the Ellcrys from dying, which is an ancient tree that keeps banished demons locked away. If the tree dies, it will plunge the world into chaos.
In contrast to the violence and bloodshed seen on Game Of Thrones, The Shannara Chronicles was a lighter, more user-friendly fantasy series. That’s not to say it didn’t feature its fair share of shocking deaths, however. The show also embraced its fantasy roots, featuring magic, elves, mages, and all the nerdy trimmings. The Shannara Chronicles season 1 was a huge hit for MTV, but once the network got out of making scripted series, season 2 moved to Spike TV and its fortunes changed for the worst.
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The show was canceled following the second season, but it was later shopped around to other networks. Here’s what we know about the cancelation of The Shannara Chronicles season 3.
The Shannara Chronicles Season 2 Suffered When Moved To Spike TV
The premiere of The Shannara Chronicles season 1 pulled in over 7.5 million viewers, and the season maintained healthy ratings throughout the first series. The series was shot in New Zealand, and maintained its links to classic fantasy movies like The Lord Of The Rings trilogy by casting John Rhys-Davies in a major supporting role; co-star Manu Bennett also played Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit movies.
Sadly, the ratings for The Shannara Chronicles season 2 essentially tanked once it moved to Spike TV. The network move allowed the show to get a little darker, but the ratings for season 2 never peaked above 310,000 viewers, which was a major downturn from the show’s debut episode. The combination of low ratings and high production costs meant the writing was on the wall for The Shannara Chronicles season 3, with Spike TV – which was about to transition into the Paramount Network – canceling the show after the second season finished its run.
Could The Shannara Chronicles Season 3 Still Happen?
The show’s studio Solar Entertainment hoped to shop The Shannara Chronicles season 3 around to different networks, with some fans hoping Netflix – who steam the series – would pick up the bill. Unfortunately, those efforts appear to have come to nothing and the show is officially considered dead. It’s a shame The Shannara Chronicles came to an abrupt end after such a promising start, but given the wealth of material in the franchise, it will no doubt receive a movie or TV reboot sometime in the future.
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