For everyone out there who loved the first season of “Shadowhunters,” you better be prepared for a lot more of the story inspired by “The Mortal Instruments.”
As Jason Lynch from Adweek points out while at the Freeform Upfronts (thanks to SpoilerTV for the heads-up), the upcoming second season will run for 20 episodes. This is a healthy bump up from the 13 episodes that the drama had in its first season, and it puts it more on par with “Pretty Little Liars” and many of the other extremely-successful shows airing on the network.
As Lynch points out, the show was the subject of a lot of attention at the upfronts, and we are not even remotely surprised by this when you think about the landscape in which it was launched. This was really the first original series to come on the rebranded Freeform, and when you consider the DVR numbers, international popularity, and source material on which the show is based, it is pretty easy to figure out why in the world the network would want to keep it around for a long time moving forward.
We ultimately see there being two key components to determining how long the series lasts: Its popularity on the network, and just how much source material is out there to adapt. For the time being, though, there’s nothing to worry about. Just sit back, enjoy the storytelling, and we will wait and see what happens from here. The show is still a ways away from its launch.