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There is still hope, Shannara fans!

The Shannara Chronicles is actively looking for a new network home after a two-season run at Viacom — one season on MTV and one on Spike. Even before word got out today that Spike — soon to become Paramount Network — has cancelled the fantasy series, The Shannara Chronicles studio, Sonar, and producers had already started conversations with prospective buyers.

The Shannara Chronicles, which is based on the best-selling fantasy books by Terry Brooks, streams on Netflix in the U.S. and some international markets, so the SVOD giant could be a suitable home, as would be rival Amazon, which is on the hunt for epic phantasy series and whose online retail giant parent company sells books.

I hear that the feature, interactive (VR and AR) and merchandising rights to The Shannara Chronicles also are being included in the conversations for the TV series currently held with networks and streaming services.

The Shannara Chronicles‘ most recent second season has scored 100% fresh reviews and 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the series also has been hailed for being racially and sexually diverse, with Emmy winner Lena Waithe calling it “groundbreaking.”

The fantasy drama hails from a team of established executive producers, showrunners Al Gough & Miles Millar (Smallville, Into the Badlands), Dan Farah (Ready Player One), Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Jungle Book), and Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

The Shannara Chronicles debuted on MTV in 2016 and was the network’s highest rated and most watched scripted series of the year, earning a second-season renewal. It moved to Spike TV for Season 2, which wrapped in November.

Filmed on location in New Zealand, The Shannara Chronicles stars Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon) along with new cast members Vanessa Morgan (Lyria), Malese Jow (Mareth), Gentry White (Garet), Caroline Chikezie (Queen Tamlin), and Desmond Chiam (General Riga).

The package has been shopped by CAA.
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It’s with a sad heart that I make this post..

The fantasy drama has been canceled after two seasons, Deadline has confirmed.

The Shannara Chronicles, based on the best-selling fantasy books by Terry Brooks, debuted on MTV in 2016 and was the network’s highest rated and most watched scripted series of the year, earning a second-season renewal. It moved to Spike TV for Season 2, which wrapped in November. The Shannara Chronicles was one of two scripted series to make their Spike debut ahead of the network’s pending transformation into the general entertainment Paramount Network, designed to be Viacom’s leading scripted brand. The other, The Mist, also has been canceled. It’s not yet known if producer Sonar Entertainment will shop The Shannara Chronicles elsewhere.

Filmed on location in New Zealand, The Shannara Chronicles starred Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon) along with new cast members Vanessa Morgan (Lyria), Malese Jow (Mareth), Gentry White (Garet), Caroline Chikezie (Queen Tamlin), and Desmond Chiam (General Riga).

The series was created by Al Gough and Miles Millar based on the books by Brooks. The the three executive produced with Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, and Dan Farah. The series was produced and distributed worldwide by Sonar Entertainment in association with Millar/Gough Ink and Farah Films. Its SVOD rights were acquired by Netflix.

TVGuide.com was first to report the cancellation.
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Ivana was on December’s issue of La Palme magazine. Enjoy digital scans and check out the interview below. Sorry for the delay.

Ivana Baquero currently stars as Eretria in “The Shannara Chronicles,” based on the popular book series by Terry Brooks. Prior to landing her role on the fantasy series, she got her big break in 2006 when Guillermo Del Toro cast her as the lead in his critically acclaimed fantasy thriller “Pan’s Labyrinth.” The role of Ofelia was originally intended for a girl of the age of eight, but the script was altered to accommodate Baquero due to her outstanding audition, who was eleven at the time. Her performance earned her the 2007 Goya Award for Best New Actress. In addition to her Goya Award, Ivana received other several other accolades including the 2007 Award for Best Newcomer by the Union of Spanish Actors, the 2007 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor and the 2007 Imagen Award for Best Actress.

Before receiving great acclaim on “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Ivana had already appeared in a number of films. The most notably “Fragile” with Calista Flockhart and “Romasanta” alongside Julian Sands. You can also find Ivana starring opposite Kevin Costner in her first American role in the Gold Circle Films feature “The New Daughter.” While Ivana is fully dedicated to her acting career, she is also undertaking Law studies. We caught up with the busy actress and got her insight on transitioning from child star in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to a leading lady as an adult.

Funniest/craziest thing that has happened on set?
On a set like the one in Shannara, every single day is an adventure. Whether we shoot with animals and horses, we have a battle, we get to go on a crazy isolated location… it’s always something new! But New Zealand is known for being capable of displaying the “four seasons” in a single day. So I do remember those days trying to shoot, and within a minute it would go from raining as hard as you can imagine, to clearing up to beautiful rainbows, to suddenly hailing… It sometime drove us crazy but it was so unique and fun to share with the rest of the cast.

Finish this sentence: If you want to spoil me rotten…
Feed me sushi! I could eat sushi every single day.

You have made a great transition from child actor to adult roles. Did you find that challenging, something you had to work on for casting to see you in a new way or was it pretty natural?
Transitioning from a child to an adult actor was not an easy journey. It was quite a challenge, in the sense that it doesn’t matter how much you’ve established yourself as an actor when you’re a kid- because you have to prove yourself all over again as an adult. For a while, especially as I emerged out of my teens, I found it very hard for people to see me or even remember me other than as a child. Many casting directors and producers had a particular image of me and couldn’t believe I’d “grown up so much” since, for instance, movies like Pan’s Labyrinth that created such an impact in people’s minds. It certainly took a while to choose the right material and set myself on a brand new path.

What is your favorite part of filming The Shannara Chronicles?
I love shooting in New Zealand. It’s such a treat! We get to film in gorgeous locations that are jaw-dropping. It’s truly a unique place where I feel so in touch with nature. I also love the action in the show! I’m especially lucky because Eretria is a feisty one and I get to train hard and participate in many of the fights.

How do you most relate to your character Eretria? Do you find her rubbing off on you in any way?
We’re both very determined and we stick hard for what we think is the right thing. Eretria has an amazing sense of justice and I really admire her for that- regardless of her past and the harsh reality she was brought up in, she always fights for what she believes is fair. There’s great depth to her, and the more we learn about her throughout the seasons, the more I enjoy portraying her and the more I feel like she rubs off on me. At times I find myself so engrossed creating her habits and her persona, that some of her ways end up popping up in my normal behavior: Sometimes I’ll find myself saying something and then thinking “That was very Eretria to say!”

What is your “must-do” in New Zealand when you are not working?
A must-do is definitely “Hobbiton,” Frodo and Bilbo’s hometown that Peter Jackson created and fully built for his movies Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit. I’ve gone there way too many times… I just love it!

What can we look forward to in Season 2 of The Shannara Chronicles
Season 2 has more action, more magic, new characters, higher stakes… It’s much bigger, in general. I feel like it’s Season 1 squared, where it has now fully found its right tone and place. I personally love how this time around the different story-lines constantly intertwine and all the characters connect with each other at one point or another- so for example you’ll see Eretria interacting in different kingdoms and with most other characters in the story.

What is next for you?
We just wrapped a few months ago after six months of shooting in New Zealand, and we’ve been fully promoting Season 2 until now. I also just moved to L.A amidst premiering my latest film “Sister of Mine,” so I feel like now is the beginning of a new journey!
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We’ve added high quality screencaps of Ivana from The Shannara Chronicles season finale episodes last week. The screencaps were added days ago but I didn’t get around to posting about them on here.

What did you think of the finale? I loved it. It felt like a full-length film. So much action and “omg” moments. I really hope we get a season 3 renewal.



I’ve added two new high quality stills of Ivana from The Shannara Chronicles season finale episodes this week. I’m so excited! I can’t wait for the finale. I really hope the series gets picked up for another season.



We’ve added HD screencaps of Ivana from this week’s double episode of The Shannara Chronicles. What incredible episodes. Enjoy the photos.



We’ve added HD screencaps of Ivana from this week’s double episode of The Shannara Chronicles. What an intense and incredible episode. It felt like a season finale. Enjoy the photos.





Ivana is on the new issue of NKD magazine. Check out scans from the magazine as well as an outtake. She looks so lovely. You can buy your copy on their official site. Enjoy!



I’ve added photos of Ivana from her appearance at A Screening And Conversation For ‘Pan’s Labyrinth‘ which she attended a couple days ago. I’ve also added some additions to old appearances as well. Enjoy.



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