5:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Shannara Chronicles' Canceled as Paramount Network Passes on Season 3
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.