The Highly Anticipated Fantasy Series THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES Comes to MTV in Canada, January 5

– Based on Terry Brooks' best-selling books, the series stars John Rhys-Davies, Austin Butler, and Poppy Drayton

"…your next magical fantasy obsession." –

To tweet this release:

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - The epic television event THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES is coming exclusively to MTV in Canada, Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. ET, with a special two-hour premiere. Based on the sweeping, best-selling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks, the 10-episode, one-hour series, is set thousands of years in the future, and follows three heroes, Elf-Human hybrid Wil, Elvin Princess Amberle, and Human Rover Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the world.

Click here for the latest THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES trailer that The Nerdist called "seriously epic."

THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES stars genre favourites, John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings) as King Eventine, and Manu Bennett (SPARTACUS) as Allanon, along with young Hollywood stars, Austin Butler (THE CARRIE DIARIES) as Wil Ohmsford, Poppy Drayton (WHEN CALLS THE HEART) as Amberle, and Ivana Baquero (Pan's Labyrinth) as Eretria.

With 29 books published, and one set for release in 2016, fans can't get enough of the Shannara series:

Lots of talk about how #ShannaraChronicles will raise the bar for epic visuals and effects on TV

New trailer for @MTV #SHANNARA CHRONICLES! I can't wait to see this adaptation of Terry Brooks' #fantasy novels!

"Oh my giddy aunt they're making the Shannara Chronicles into a TV series I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED"

"Is it January yet? The Shannara Chronicles on MTV. So can't wait!"

Filmed in New Zealand, THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES is produced by MTV with Sonar Entertainment. The series is written and executive produced by SMALLVILLE creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. Jon Favreau (Iron Man), author Terry Brooks, and Dan Farah (ALTER EGOS) also serve as executive producers. The first two episodes were directed by Jonathan Liebesman (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES). 

**MEDIA NOTE** Photography available online at


About MTV:
From fashion and politics to lifestyles and trends, MTV is all about the stories of young amazing lives from a distinctly Canadian perspective. Available across multiple platforms, including online at and live on Bell Mobile TV, MTV pushes boundaries with innovative original programming.  MTV is available in 6.5 million households across Canada and is a Canadian-programmed and managed business. MTV is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. MTV in Canada is one of 63 MTV-branded services available in 152 territories around the world.

– MTV –

SOURCE Bell Media

Image with caption: "L to R: Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, and Ivana Baquero (CNW Group/Bell Media)". Image available at:

For further information: Laura Berkenblit, Music and Entertainment, Bell Media, 416.384.3173 or; Amanda Rinaldo, Music and Entertainment, Bell Media 416.384.5325 or

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890