'Shannara Chronicles' Canceled as Paramount Network Passes on Season 3

The first season aired on MTV before moving to Spike, which rebrands this week as Paramount Network.
'The Shannara Chronicles'

The Shannara Chronicles have come to an end.

The pricey genre drama from Sonar Entertainment will not return for a third season as Paramount Network has passed on the drama.

The first season aired on MTV and was the most-expensive pilot ever produced for the younger-skewing cable network. The show, from executive producer Jon Favreau and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (AMC's Into the Badlands, Smallville), was renewed for a second season at MTV after the series had an impressive DVR gains among its core 12-34 demo.

However, as Viacom shuffled its executive ranks — Chris McCarthy took over MTV, becoming its third president in three years — Shannara Chronicles moved to air on Spike TV, which is being rebranded Thursday as Paramount Network. Spike aired a marathon of season one leading into its sophomore season in a bid to boost awareness among its male-leaning audience. Season two wrapped Nov. 22, with Paramount Network — which will be Viacom's general entertainment hub — passing on a third season of the show based on Terry Brooks' Shannara book series.

Paramount Network will launch with a mix of scripted originals first picked up for Spike (Waco), TV Land (Heathers, American Woman) and developed specifically for it (Yellowstone).

TV Guide was the first to report the cancellation.