The official synopsis for the show is as follows:
An Elvish tree, known as the Ellcrys, is dying. The bad news is that the tree has been the only piece of magic that protects the Four Lands from the Demon World. Amberle Elessedil is the only one who can save the tree. But she has to unlock magic that the Elves haven’t used in thousands of years. With the help of Wil Ohmsford, she travels to find the lost magic. But it won’t be an easy task.
Speaking about the move, MTV released a statement saying:
After much consideration, it was decided that the second season of The Shannara Chronicles will air on Spike. We’re honoured to have worked with our extraordinary production partner, Sonar Entertainment, along with fantasy visionaries and Executive Producers, Al Gough, Miles Millar, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman and Dan Farah along with Executive Producer and best-selling author of the book series, Terry Brooks. We’re pleased that fans of the beloved franchise will be able to follow the characters and epic story they love on its new network.
The first season of the series, based on Terry Brooks best-selling fantasy books, was MTV’s highest rated and most watched scripted series last year, earning a second season renewal, but they realised the core audience was more mature than they were targeted at, with a median age in the late 30’s and a male skew. New MTV President Chris McCarthy is looking to reset the network back to youth culture, appealing to Millennials and Gen Z’s with a female bent. Viacom has designated Paramount TV as the leading scripted brand while MTV is to scale back on scripted programming, recently cancelling all of its scripted comedy series and now with Shannara Chronicles being moved to Spike TV, it leaves horror drama Scream as the only scripted series on MTV. Moving forward, MTV is expected to be still doing scripted series but with less volume and stronger filter, focusing on music-inspired and quintessential coming-of-age stories.
Spike TV will be introducing its viewers to The Shannara Chronicles by using their new upcoming series The Mist, with The Shannara Chronicles first season airing behind The Mist when it premiere’s on the 29th June. The second season takes place one year after the events of last season. The Four Lands are in chaos. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organisation called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. The second season of The Shannara Chronicles will star Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko, Marcus Vanco, Vanessa Morgan, Malese Jow, Gentry White, Caroline Chikezie and Desmond Chiam.