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'Indiana Jones' star John Rhys-Davies joins MTV's 'Shannara'

Shannara, MTV’s new fantasy series based on the popular book series from Terry Brooks, has added John Rhys-Davies, best known for The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones, to its cast.

The show, which follows the Shannara family thousands of years after civilization’s destruction, has previously cast Ivana Baquero as Eretria, Poppy Drayton as Amberle, Austin Butler as Wil Ohmsford, Manu Bennett as Allanon, and Aaron Jakubenko as Ander.

Rhys-Davies will join the cast as King Eventine. According to a release, he is Amberle’s grandfather who has ruled the kingdom of Arborlon for decades. “Eventine has done questionable things to keep the Four Lands at peace, but when his beloved granddaughter is chosen to fulfill a dangerous destiny, his path is changed as well,” the release said.

Shannara begins filming in New Zealand in February.

MTV cancels 'Happyland' after one season

MTV has pulled the plug on Happyland after one season, EW has confirmed.

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'Pan's Labyrinth' star Ivana Baquero joins MTV's 'Shannara'

In July, MTV greenlit new series Shannara, based on the popular book series by Terry Brooks. With 10 episodes ordered, Shannara is set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization and follows the Shannara family, who just so happen to have a little ancient magic on their side. In other words, what they do next will change the world.

And now, MTV has announced that Pan’s Labyrinth‘s Ivana Baquero will join the series in the role of Eretria. In a press release, Eretria is described as coming from the “wrong side of the tracks” and being “forced to use her beauty and wits to survive.” Furthermore, “she’s a human who has been raised in a den of thieves known as the Rovers. When she rescues Wil from danger she becomes unwittingly tied to he and Amberle’s quest to save the Four Lands.”

Baquero joins the previously cast Poppy Drayton, who will play Amberle, Austin Butler in the role of Wil Ohmsford, Manu Bennett as Allanon, and Aaron Jakubenko as Ander. Read their character descriptions below.

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Bella Thorne says she'll play Drew Barrymore's part in MTV's 'Scream'

In August, we found out that MTV’s upcoming Scream series will star Willa Fitzgerald, Amy Forsyth, John Karna, Carlson Young, and Amadeus Serafini in major roles. And now, according to Bella Thorne, she too is going to join the show, if only temporarily. READ FULL STORY

Why MTV's 'Scream' is not using the film's Ghostface mask

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After MTV announced that the network’s Scream adaptation had been picked up to series, news spread that the show did not have the rights to use the iconic Ghostface mask that is synonymous with the franchise. You may have been one of the many fans scratching your head wondering: How is this Scream without the Scream mask?! EW has the scoop:

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'Real World: Skeletons' cast to feature 7 living humans, 0 skeletons

MTV is bringing back The Real World for its 30th season—this time with skeletons.

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MTV's 'Scream' gets full series order

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Finally, Teen Wolf has a scary friend.

MTV has handed a full series order to its TV adaptation of Scream, the 1996 slasher film and subsequent box office-busting horror franchise. The series will premiere in October 2015 with 10 episodes.

The co-production with Dimension TV was announced way back in May 2013 with the original announcement of a pilot order with Ravenswood writer Jill Blotevogel running the show and Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds) penning the pilot script. The series found its cast and director (Faking It’s Jamie Travis) in August. Harvey and Bob Weinstein will executive produce alongside Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena, and Cathy Konrad.

The high school-set series will follow a slew of not-yet-slain students: shy popular girl Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), artsy loner Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus), computer geek Noah (John Karna), all-American athlete Will (Connor Weil), ferocious socialite Brooke (Carlson Young), and mysterious new kid Kieran (Amadeus Serafini). The show also stars Joel Gretsch as Sheriff Clark Hudson (Kieran’s father) and Tracy Middendorf as Maggie.

The horror drama seems a likely pair for MTV’s gargantuan supernatural hit Teen Wolf, which up until now has had free reign of the network’s teen horror genre. The series’ fifth season would serve as a strong lead-in for the similarly spooky Scream.

There is more horror to be had on TV, though; in related news, American Horror Story co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk recently announced a new anthology series on Fox titled Scream Queens, which will debut in fall 2015 and follow a college campus rocked by murders (in the first season). Murphy stated that he and Falchuk “hope to create a whole new genre—comedy-horror,” but original Scream creators Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven may agree to disagree about whether that genre’s already been duly created by the slasher franchise, which is as darkly funny as it is frightening (and, in the case of Drew Barrymore, gross).

MTV to premiere documentary series focusing on millennial veterans

MTV announced the premiere of a new veteran documentary series, MTV’s Got Your 6, which will focus on young soldiers and Marines coming home from active duty. READ FULL STORY

MTV orders 10 episodes of 'Faking It' for season 2B

Good news for Karmy shippers.

MTV has ordered an additional 10 episodes of its boundary-shattering romantic comedy Faking It, which follows two best friends who pretend to be lesbians in order to gain popularity until real feelings get in the way of the charade.

The handful of episodes will act as the season 2B when it returns next year. The series stars Katie Stevens, Rita Volk, Gregg Sulkin, Michael Willett, and Bailey De Young, whose character was revealed to be intersex in the second-season premiere. READ FULL STORY

'OITNB' star Laverne Cox brings the drama on MTV's 'Faking It'

Laverne Cox is trading in her orange jumpsuit for a more dramatic role on MTV’s Faking It.

On Tuesday’s episode, the Orange Is the New Black actress will make her side-splitting debut as Margot, the demanding director of the school’s drama department who will hilariously push Karma (Katie Stevens), Shane (Michael J. Willett) and Lauren (Bailey De Young) to their limits. How did the Emmy nominee book a ticket to Hester High? EW hit the set to find out:

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'Awkward' renewed for fifth and final season

MTV has renewed Awkward for a fifth and final season, EW has learned.

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'Buffy' alum Nicholas Brendon heads to MTV's 'Faking It'

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Nicholas Brendon has landed a guest-starring role on Faking It, EW has learned.

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