Cinemax, MTV and ABC Family (soon to become Freeform) have announced the premiere dates for some upcoming television programmes. The first of these is Cinemax’s Banshee, which is entering into it’s fourth and final season. The eight episode farewell tour will begin on January 29, 2016. The decision to end the show was apparently a mutual one made by both Cinemax and creators Jonathan Tropper (This Is Where I Leave You, Harvey) and David Schickler.
“While we certainly considered returning for a fifth season, I always said that when the story was told, it would be time to move on, and that time has come,” Tropper said. “I am grateful to Cinemax for making Banshee the great success it has been and for supporting our creative decision to wrap things up.”
Banshee, which centers on career criminal who assumes the identity of a small town sheriff and unintentionally brings chaos and violence along with him, received acclaim but generally flew under the radar of most TV viewers despite it’s high quality. Known for it’s frenetic action sequences and cinematic style, the series won a Primetime Emmy Award for it’s special effects in 2013. The series stars Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune, Without a Paddle), Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale, Vanilla Sky), Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing, Season of the Witch), Frankie Faison (Silence of the Lambs, The Wire), Hoon Lee (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Premium Rush), Matt Servitto (Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell, Harry’s Law), Ryann Shane (Lights Out, Amelia), Lili Simmons (Bone Tomahawk, True Detective) and Matthew Rauch (The Wolf of Wall Street, Believe) while Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse) will join the show for it’s final run.
MTV announced at New York Comic Con that The Shannara Chronicles will debut it’s ten episode first season with a two hour debut on January 5, 2016 at 10pm Eastern Time. The series, developed by Alfred Gough (Smallville, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) and Miles Millar (I Am Number Four, Spider Man 2), is based on the bestselling high fantasy book franchise by Terry Brooks (Magic Kingdom of Landover, Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life). The novel series currently consists of more than twenty fives instalments with a new release, The Sorcerer’s Daughter, set for release in July 2016.
The TV show is based on the Original Shannara Trilogy, the three books that launched the franchise comprising The Sword of Shannara (1977), The Elfstones of Shannara (1982) and The Wishsong of Shannara (1985), and stars Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth, Another Me), Manu Bennett (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Spartacus: War of the Damned), Austin Butler (Switched at Birth, The Carrie Diaries), Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders), Emelia Burns (The Neighbors, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and Primetime Emmy Award nominee John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark).
Finally ABC Family, which will rebrand itself Freeform in 2016, announced that upcoming fantasy series Shadowhunters will debut on January 12, 2016. The series, based on The Mortal Instruments novel series by Cassandra Clare (The Magisterium Series, The Dark Artifices), follows the story of a teenager who uncovers a secret world she is destined to be a part of. The series was already partially adapted in 2013, with the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a film adaptation of the first novel in the series, but the movie received overwhelmingly negative reviews and greatly underperformed at the box office, leading production company Constantin Films to retool the franchise for a television show. It would appear that the show will retell the film’s story rather than simply continue along after it’s conclusion.
Shadowhunters stars Katherine McNamara (Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Happyland), Dominic Sherwood (Vampire Academy, Take Down), Alberto Rosende (Blue Bloods, The Swing of Things), Emeraude Toubia (Tattooed Love, Voltea Pa’Que Te Enamores), Matthew Doddario (When the Game Stands Tall, Delivery Man), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, Step Up 2: The Streets) and Isaiah Mustafa (Sirens, Chuck).