Time to howl, Teen Wolf fans! MTV has renewed the werewolf series for a second season of 12 episodes, which will air in 2012. Teen Wolf is presently in the middle of its freshman run. So the early announcement is a big endorsement for the series, which is MTV's highest-rated new series of 2010 and 2011 and draws nearly 1.7 million viewers each week.
So what might this mean for a series called Teen Wolf if it happens to score a long run?
"He's going to have to be Young Adult Wolf," joked executive producer Jeff Davis in an exclusive interview. "He can be a teen wolf for quite a while, actually. He's a high school sophomore, but we planned this out very carefully. The whole first season only takes place over two and a half months' time. Season two can actually pick up right after spring break in the same semester. So I could have these kids in high school for the next 10 years."
The sexy new series follows a teen named Scott McCall and his friends after Scott's bitten by a werewolf. So far in the series, Scott's fallen for the daughter of the local werewolf hunter, and the alpha wolf that bit him wants him to join its pack. In the meantime, the bodies are piling up in town thanks to "animal attacks."
"We're incredibly proud of this show. Executive producer Jeff Davis has brought an exciting, cinematic story to life with a breakout young cast who our audience has wildly embraced," said MTV's head of programming, David Janollari. "Picking up Teen Wolf for a second season marks another step towards the further diversification of our schedule, with this big, bold, entertaining scripted series."
Teen Wolf airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV.
Here's MTV's press release on the renewal:
MTV PICKS-UP A SECOND SEASON OF ITS HIT SERIES "TEEN WOLF"
NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 13, 2011) - MTV announced today the pick-up of a second season of its critically acclaimed hit series "Teen Wolf." The sophomore season of MTV's young, sexy reinvention of the classic werewolf tale will return with 12 all new one-hour episodes in 2012.
"We're incredibly proud of this show. Executive producer Jeff Davis has brought an exciting, cinematic story to life with a breakout young cast who our audience has wildly embraced," said David Janollari, Head of MTV Programming. "Picking up 'Teen Wolf' for a second season marks another step towards the further diversification of our schedule, with this big, bold, entertaining scripted series."
With a 1.5 P12-34 rating, "Teen Wolf" is MTV's highest-rated new series of 2010 and 2011. Airing Monday nights at 10:00 p.m., "Teen Wolf" doubled its time period average from a year ago and ranks #4 across all TV in its time slot. Nearly 1.7 million total viewers tune in to "Teen Wolf" each week.
In next week's episode, the stakes couldn't be higher, as Stiles must help Scott face his second full moon as a werewolf, while at the same time, his romance with Allison is unraveling , and Derek is on the run from the sheriff, wanted for murder, on Monday, July 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
"Teen Wolf" stars Tyler Posey as the newly bitten werewolf Scott McCall; Crystal Reed as the mysterious new girl in town Allison Argent; Dylan O'Brien as Scott's best friend Stiles; Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale, the beta wolf who is guiding Scott through his transformation; Holland Roden as Lydia Martin, the popular girl with a secret; and Colton Haynes as Jackson Whittemore, Scott's arch rival on the lacrosse team.
"Teen Wolf" was developed by Jeff Davis (creator, "Criminal Minds") who also serves as executive producer. Additional executive producers include Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break"), Michael Thorn, René Echevarria ("Medium," "Castle"), Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley. Russell Mulcahy ("Highlander," "Resident Evil: Extinction") is co-executive producer. The pilot was written by Jeff Davis and Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman and directed by Russell Mulcahy. The "Teen Wolf" series is based on a Screenplay by Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman. David Janollari and Justin Levy are the MTV executives in charge of production. The series is a co-production with MGM, in association with Lost Marbles Productions, Inc., First Cause, Inc. and DiGa.
Source: The Nielsen Company. Live+SD P12-34 coverage ratings. Teen Wolf premiere telecasts (6/05/11-07/11/11). Time period average = 06/07/10-07/12/10 (Mon/10P-11P). Time period rank based on P12-34 000s.
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So what do you think? Is this good news or bad news?