Sadly, it looks as though The Shannara Chronicles season 3 is going to be left in the world of dreams. Spike, which is set to become the Paramount Network in the next couple of days, is not moving forward with another season. This cancellation comes as a swift blow to fans of the fantasy drama, which boasted a great cast including a personal favorite Manu Bennett. Unfortunately, it’s also not all that much of a surprise given that the second season struggled mightily in the ratings.
If The Shannara Chronicles had been renewed, it would have the rare distinction of airing three different seasons on differently-named networks. The first season aired on MTV, and after that the show was shifted over to Spike.
In speaking to TV Guide, Paramount Network boss in Kevin Kay had the following to say about the decision while at the TCA Winter Press Tour:
“Maybe [production company Sonar Entertainment] is going to take it somewhere else … For us, we passed on the future of that.”
Side note: Why did Kay have to call The Shannara Chronicles “that”? Couldn’t he have just said its name? It’s understand that television is a business, but we don’t understand sometimes the ghosting of shows after you decide to send them to pasture.
We unfortunately don’t see all that much of a future for the series elsewhere, mostly because the ratings just weren’t there and given the locations and scale of the show, we have a hard time imagining that there are going to bee too many other suitors. We are in some ways just grateful for the fact that we got two seasons of a hard fantasy story, especially since that is something that you don’t have a tendency to get on many networks these days.
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