Shadowhunters is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Ed Decter, loosely based on the popular book series The Mortal Instruments written by Cassandra Clare. It premiered in North America on Freeform on January 12, 2016. Primarily filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the series follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons.
Title card for the second season
|Based on||The Mortal Instruments
by Cassandra Clare
|Developed by||Ed Decter|
|Opening theme||"This Is the Hunt" by Ruelle|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||33 (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Audio format||Dolby SR|
|Original release||January 12, 2016– present|
It is the second adaptation of the novel series, after the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which like the series was produced by Constantin Film. The debut season of Shadowhunters has received mixed responses from critics. The pilot episode attracted the largest audience for Freeform in more than two years. The show has received numerous award nominations, winning one GLAAD Award and two Teen Choice Awards.
The series was renewed for a second season of 20 episodes, which premiered on January 2, 2017. In August 2016, showrunner Ed Decter exited the series over "creative differences". Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer were named as Decter's replacements. On April 21, 2017, Freeform renewed the show for a third season of 20 episodes, which is set to premiere on March 20, 2018.
Clary Fray has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy of Arts. On her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is a Shadowhunter, a human born with angelic blood who protect humans from demons. That night, Clary's mother, Jocelyn, is abducted by a group of rogue Shadowhunters called the Circle. Their leader is Jocelyn's ex-husband, Valentine Morgenstern.
With her mother missing, Clary turns to Luke, a person she trusted, only to seemingly be betrayed. Clary joins up with a band of Shadowhunters to save her mother and discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with the mysterious, narcissistic, and attractive Shadowhunter Jace, and also her loyal and geeky friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||January 12, 2016||April 5, 2016|
|2||20||January 2, 2017||August 14, 2017|
|3||20||March 20, 2018||TBA|
Cast and charactersEdit
- Katherine McNamara as Clarissa "Clary" Fray
- Dominic Sherwood as Jonathan Christopher "Jace" Herondale
- Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis
- Matthew Daddario as Alexander "Alec" Lightwood
- Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle "Izzy" Lightwood
- Isaiah Mustafa as Lucian "Luke" Garroway
- Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane
- Alisha Wainwright as Maia Roberts (season 3, recurring season 2) 
- Alan van Sprang as Valentine Morgenstern
- Maxim Roy as Jocelyn Fray
- Jon Cor as Hodge Starkweather
- David Castro as Raphael Santiago
- Jade Hassouné as Meliorn
- Kaitlyn Leeb as Camille Belcourt
- Nicola Correia-Damude as Maryse Lightwood
- Paulino Nunes as Robert Lightwood
- Jack Fulton as Max Lightwood
- Christina Cox as Elaine Lewis
- Holly Deveaux as Rebecca Lewis
- Stephanie Bennett as Lydia Branwell
- Raymond Ablack as Raj
- Vanessa Matsui as Dot/Dorothea
- Mimi Kuzyk as Imogen Herondale
- Joel Labelle as Alaric
- Jordan Hudyma as Blackwell
- Shailene Garnett as Maureen Brown
- Lisa Marcos as Susanna Vargas
- Stephen R. Hart as Brother Jeremiah
- Curtis Morgan as Pangborn
- Nykeem Provo as Young Luke
- Nick Sagar as Victor Aldertree
- Will Tudor as Jonathan Morgenstern / Sebastian Verlac
In 2010, Screen Gems announced that they were going into production on the film adaptation of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, with hopes of starting a successful film franchise. Production on a film adaptation of the second book, City of Ashes, was due to start in September 2013, but was delayed to 2014, and eventually cancelled, after the first film failed to recoup its budget.
On October 12, 2014, at Mipcom, Constantin confirmed that The Mortal Instruments will return as a television series with Ed Decter as showrunner. Constantin Film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told The Hollywood Reporter that, "It actually makes sense to do [the novels] as a TV series. There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we'll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth." The producers hope to adapt the entire book series if the TV adaptation proves successful. In February 2015, book series author Cassandra Clare announced via Twitter that the television series would be called Shadowhunters rather than The Mortal Instruments. In March 2015, ABC Family picked up Shadowhunters straight-to-series. The series was renewed for a second season in March 2016, consisting of 20 episodes, which premiered on January 2, 2017. In April 2017, it was announced that the series was renewed for a third season of 20 episodes. The first half of ten episodes is set to premiere on March 20, 2018, while the second half will air from mid-2018 onwards.
In August 2016, soon before filming on the second season was to begin, showrunner Ed Decter exited the series over "creative differences". Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, who were former showrunners on Smallville, were announced as Decter's replacements in August 2016.
On Twitter, Cassandra Clare announced that she would not be part of casting decisions, and would not be expecting any of the original film cast to return. On April 20, 2015, ABC revealed Dominic Sherwood as the first member of the Shadowhunters cast. On May 1, 2015, it was announced that Emeraude Toubia would be taking the role of Isabelle Lightwood and Alberto Rosende would be joining the cast as Simon Lewis. On May 6, it was reported that Katherine McNamara landed the lead role of Clary Fray. Two days later, on May 8, Matthew Daddario and Isaiah Mustafa were cast as Alec Lightwood and Luke Garroway, respectively. Harry Shum, Jr. and Alan van Sprang later joined the cast on May 15, as Magnus Bane and Valentine Morgenstern. On May 18, it was announced that Maxim Roy would be playing Jocelyn Fray.
On May 28, Jon Cor was announced to play Hodge Starkweather, a Shadowhunter and former member of the Circle. David Castro was reported to be portraying vampire Raphael Santiago on June 4. Shortly after, on June 9, Lisa Marcos announced she would be joining the cast as Captain Vargas, a new character created for the series by Ed Decter. On June 12, producer McG's official Twitter account stated that Kaitlyn Leeb had been cast to play the vampire, Camille Belcourt. On June 16, Jade Hassouné was reported to be portraying the faerie, Meliorn. On August 8, Stephanie Bennett was cast as the new character Lydia Branwell, a rule-following Shadowhunter. On September 2, 2016, Alisha Wainwright was announced to play Maia Roberts in the second season, and soon promoted to series regular beginning on season 3.
|Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (Original Television Series Soundtrack)|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||July 21, 2017|
|Genre||Pop, EDM, indie pop, alternative rock|
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (Original Television Series Soundtrack) was released on platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music on July 21, 2017, featuring six original songs from the show.
|1.||"This Is the Hunt"||Ruelle||3:59|
|2.||"Fragile World"||Alberto Rosende||2:42|
|5.||"The Lifeboat"||Liam O'Donnell||2:18|
|6.||"Royal Blue"||Alberto Rosende||2:57|
The series' musical score is composed by Ben Decter. The opening theme song is "This Is The Hunt" performed by Ruelle, which was written for Shadowhunters by Maggie Eckford and Jeff Bowman. Other Ruelle songs have featured in the series.
The series premiered on January 12, 2016 in the U.S. on Freeform. The second episode, "The Descent into Hell Is Easy", was released online that same day, following the premiere of the first episode. In December 2015, Netflix acquired global rights to Shadowhunters, excluding the U.S., making the series available as an original series a day after the U.S. premiere, with the first episode launching globally on January 13, and subsequent episodes released on a weekly basis.
The debut season of Shadowhunters received mixed responses from critics. Metacritic gave it a 45 out of 100 rating, based on 9 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a 46% rating, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site's consensus states, "Shadowhunters boasts visual thrills and a potential-rich premise, but they're not enough to overcome the show's self-serious silliness and dull, convoluted plots."
According to James Poniewozik of The New York Times, the series "has its assets, especially its popular source material. But it might become more fun if it learns to enjoy being the empowerment fantasy it really is."
|2016||BMI Film & TV Awards||BMI TV Music Award||Ben Decter||Won|||
|Joey Awards||Young Actress Age 9 or Younger in a TV Series Drama or Comedy Guest Starring or Principal Role||Sofia Wells||Nominated|||
|MTV Fandom Awards||Best New Fandom of the Year||Shadowhunters||Won|||
|Ship of the Year||"Malec" (Magnus and Alec)||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Breakout Show||Shadowhunters||Won|||
|Choice TV: Breakout Star||Katherine McNamara||Nominated|
|Choice TV: Breakout Star||Matthew Daddario||Won|
|2017||BMI Film & TV Awards||BMI TV Music Award||Trevor Morris||Won|||
|GLAAD Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Shadowhunters||Won|||
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show||Shadowhunters||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: LipLock||"Malec" (Magnus and Alec)||Nominated|||
|Choice TV: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor||Matthew Daddario||Nominated|||
|Choice TV: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress||Emeraude Toubia||Nominated|
|Choice TV: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show||Shadowhunters||Nominated|
|Choice TV: Ship||"Malec" (Magnus and Alec)||Nominated|||
|Choice TV: Summer Actor||Harry Shum Jr.||Nominated|||
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Big opening of the series. The Shadowhunters looking for a demon – remember that? The song is called "Monsters" by Ruelle.
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