Sad news, guys. Shadowhunters is canceled after three seasons. The show will wrap up with twelve more episodes and a two-hour series finale in 2019.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“We are very proud of Shadowhunters, a series that broke new ground in the genre world and became a fan favorite,” the network said Monday in a statement. “However, along with our partners at Constantin, we reached the very difficult decision not to renew the show for a fourth season. But as big supporters and fans ourselves, Freeform insisted on and championed the filming of a special two-part finale that would give devoted fans a proper ending. The 12 episodes will air in spring 2019. We want to thank our talented creators, producers, cast and crew along with our colleagues at Constantin for their hard work and dedication and to Cassie Clare for her incredible book series. We look forward to the final chapter of this breakthrough drama.”
Here’s what the cast and crew said about the cancellation:
I’ve been a fan of these books for a long while, and seeing it come to life in both movie and TV format has been incredibly amazing for me as a fan. And I wanted to say that in today’s ever-changing media world, nothing is ever done. We got a lease of life after the movie. So who is to say the show won’t get picked up again by another network? Or a new adaptation if it comes down to it?
And reiterating, there’s still more Shadowhunters to come: the second half of season three will air in 2019.
If you’d like, join the conversation on twitter with the #saveshadowhunters hashtag!
While it was already confirmed on Twitter that we’ll see Sebastian in the second season of Shadowhunters, possibly in the second half since the casting process is still underway, we haven’t heard much since.
Matt Hastings talked to TV Line about the casting.
“If you know the history of the character, you know where he grew up — in hell — and how he was raised. It’s important for us to cast somebody who, similarly to Valentine, can embrace that duality.”
Further, Darren Swimmer also weighed in on the anticipation of the character.
“We want to keep the details of how Sebastian emerges on the show … a little bit close to the vest. He’s definitely going to be a charming character with a dark side.”
If you haven’t read the books yet, this is a very controversial figure with spoilers attached to even his full name. If you’d like to be surprised, avoid reading much on him!
Shadowhunters returns TOMORROW, January 2, on Freeform.
Shadowhunters opening sequence is getting a new treatment with its sophomore season. Access Hollywood released the new sequence exclusively, along with an interview with Executive Producer Matt Hastings.
Watch it below:
“[We] just felt like we wanted to lean into really establishing the new tone, the new look, the new vibe of the show. And when I was discussing it with the Freeform kids, they were incredibly supportive and they said, ‘Yeah, go for it,'” Hastings said. “So, it just was making sure the characters pop, and really [giving it] a sense of cinematic style, which is what we’re leaning into more this year than they did last year. So, in coupling with the reboot, we felt like this was a great way to light the match.”
Shadowhunters returns Monday, January 2 on Freeform.
Earlier today, Director Matt Hastings answered a fan’s query on Twitter about the score composer for the sophomore season of Shadowhunters.
Trevor Morris has composed for Dragon Age: Inquisition (!), Reign, The Tudors, Vikings and more.
Here’s the theme from The Tudors – which starred City of Bones’s Valentine actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
I’m so excited to hear what he brings to Shadowhunters!
In the wake of Ed Decter leaving the show, we’re now hearing that former Smallville executive producers are taking over Shadowhunters.
Deadline is reporting exclusively that Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer will be the new showrunners.
Along with them, Matt Hastings, producer and director for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, is also on board as EP and series director.