Channel 5 have once again reaffirmed their move to position 5* as a channel for hot young drama, with the acquisition of the epic fantasy saga – THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES.
If you’ve not heard of the show, it’s created and Executive Produced by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (the brains behind Smallville & Into The Badlands) and Executive Produced by Jon Favreau (the man behind Iron Man, and responsible for kicking off the Marvel Cinematic Universe). THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES is shot against the epic landscapes of New Zealand and based on the 26 volume book series by Terry Brooks telling the epic story of an Elven princess, a bandit and a half-Elf tasked with stopping the end of the world.
The epic series is set in a world thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. Earth is divided into what is known as the Four Lands, whose inhabitants are a mix of races including elves, dwarves, trolls, gnomes and humans. At the centre is the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.
As the story begins, dark and terrible forces thought to be confined for years, begin to escape. When Amberle (played by British actress Poppy Drayton), a young elf princess, Wil (played by Austin Butler ‘The Carrie Diaries’), the last descendant of the Shannara family and Eretria (played by Ivana Baquero ‘Pans Labyrinth’), a human rover learn that only they have the power to stop the advancing evil, they form an uneasy alliance.
Their seemingly impossible quest to save the world becomes a voyage of self-discovery as they find the inner strength to overcome self-doubt and fear, and embrace their destinies. The series also features ‘Lord of the Rings’ star John-Rhys Davies.
With the books already a major hit around the world the series is much anticipated by fans.
Premiering last week in the US on MTV, the first episode was viewed a staggering 14.6 million times across linear and digital platforms, with #Shannara trending on Twitter throughout its premiere night. Katie Keenan, Head of Acquisitions, said of the deal
“The Shannara Chronicles, one of the hottest shows in the US right now, is the next chapter in our growing number of young skewing programmes on 5* and we can’t wait for these to bring a whole new audience to the channel.”
The acquisition of ‘The Shannara Chronicles‘ comes shortly after the announcement of Heroes Reborn coming to the channel, and have also recently starting running the first few seasons of Teen Wolf.
The Shannara Chronicles will air on 5* at some point over the next few months, but they have yet to set an exact date.