Coming to MTV in January 2016, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ is a new TV series based on the best-selling fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. Set thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization, the story follows an Elven Princess, Amberle, a half-human half-elf, Wil, and a human, Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop a Demon army from destroying the Four Lands.
The series is an ambitious choice for MTV, as the books total 25, although the original books were a trilogy. This works both ways for MTV. First it gives them endless material with which to create new seasons and have a fully fleshed out world. At the same time it also presents a problem if they start to change things for the TV series that could destroy future events and story lines.
MTV isn’t known for its science fiction or fantasy shows up until Teen Wolf came around, which falls more into the supernatural group. They have been hugely successful mixing supernatural lore and myths with the standard teen age demographic that they are known for and thats given them 6 seasons of Teen Wolf (Though you have to wonder at what point they are no longer teens). Going into a fantasy series is risky but at least one other non-genre network has managed to pull off jumping into a genre show, and that was TNT with Falling Skies. They managed 5 seasons which is a feat for a science fiction show on a mainstream channel that isn’t BBC or Syfy.
‘The Shannara Chronicles’ stars Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett and John Rhys-Davies. The series is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Al Gough, Miles Millar, Dan Farah, Jonathan Liebesman and author Terry Brooks.