MTV has started production on the long-awaited second season of The Shannara Chronicles, the network announced today, revealing some majestic plotlines and some shiny new cast members in the process. Returning for Season 2 will be Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon). MTV has announced the following new cast members as well:
Malese will play Mareth, a young woman who’s both volatile and unpredictable and possesses magical abilities. Sharp, brash and independent to a fault, Mareth gets what she wants on her own terms (and by any means necessary). She’s best known for her recurring roles as Linda Park/Dr. Light on The CW’s The Flash, as Anna in The Vampire Diaries, and as a series regular on the short lived series Star-Crossed. She also recently guest starred in the first season of MTV’s Sweet/Vicious.
Barry Allen’s love life is going to continue being complicated in season 2. EW has learned exclusively that Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries, Star-Crossed) will reprise her role as reporter and former Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) love interest Linda Park for multiple episodes. “Linda Park will return as Iris West’s [Candice Patton] friend and colleague at Central Picture News and her past relationship with Barry will put both Iris and The Flash in unexpected danger,” executive producer Gabrielle Stanton teases.
A refresher: Barry and Linda’s short romance ended amid the Scarlet Speedster’s Groundhog Day-esque time travel adventure. Though it was an amicable split, things may get awkward in season 2 with the introduction of another Barry love interest, Patty Spivot (Shantal VanSanten).
This could be totally unrelated and have no bearing on Linda’s return, but in the world of the comics, Linda Park also happens to be the future wife of Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale), whom we’ll also meet this season.
The CW’s The Flash is not waiting long to bring in a new love interest for The Fastest Man Alive. The Vampire Diaries and Star-Crossed alum Malese Jow has been tapped to recur and play pivotal DC Comics character Linda Park, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The character is described as a quick-witted reporter for the Central City Picture News. She befriends Iris (Candice Patton) while at work and helps her navigate the fast-paced world of journalism. When she meets Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) at a local bar, the two hit it off and become quick friends. The character will first appear in episode 112.
For Jow, the role brings her back into The CW fold after her regular role on last season’s short-lived Star-Crossed and her fan favorite portrayal of Anna on The Vampire Diaries. Her credits include Unfabulous, The Troop and Big Time Rush. She’s repped by Sweeney Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.
In DC’s The Flash comics, Linda Park first appears in Issue No. 28 as Wally West’s girlfriend and eventual wife. (Wally is the first Kid Flash and third Flash overall.) The character becomes the latest in a rapidly growing line of DC characters to appear on the freshman series. Jow joins Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell’s Heat Wave, Robbie Amell’s Firestorm, Kelly Frye’s Plastique, Clancy Brown’s The General, Patrick Sabongui’s Captain Sing and Robert Knepper’s The Clock King, among others.
The CW, looking to build off its momentum from the fall while increasing the number of original hours it airs in the back half of the season, revealed its aggressive midseason plans on Thursday, including the debut of two dramas, timeslot shifts for a pair of others and the return of an unscripted fave.
“Star -Crossed,” the futuristic story of an alien/human romance, kicks off the net’s second-half plans for the season, airing Mondays at 8 p.m. starting Feb. 17.
“Star-Crossed” will replace third-year drama “Hart of Dixie,” which will finish out its season on Fridays at 9 starting March 21. That’s the same night that comedy/improv series “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” a success in its premiere on the net this summer, returns with a pair of original episodes.
One week later, “Whose Line” will begin its regular air pattern of an original followed by an encore from its summer run. Continue reading