MTV has announced that not only are they giving supernatural dramedy Teen Wolf a third season renewal, they’re extending the seasonal episode order, too. Rather than give the third season the 12 installments that season one and two each received, the network has ordered 24 episodes of Teen Wolf, though it didn’t reveal how it plans to split them up (if at all).
The most likely plans of attack would be to either premiere the third season in January with the second set of episode bowing in June or to premiere the third season next June with the remaining episodes in January 2014. Either way, it could be a way to keep momentum for the white-hot series going year-round, which could allow MTV to premiere a new scripted show after the Movie Awards, where Teen Wolf has launched the past two years.
MTV isn’t the first youth-oriented cable network to try extended orders, however. ABC Family utilizes split seasons for most of its programming, airing each series in two installments per calendar year. If the Teen Wolf experiment works out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see MTV adopt that strategy for its still new scripted programming.
Last week on Teen Wolf, Jackson flew even further off the rails, doing battle with Scott, intimidating Allison, and killing part of a mysterious couple while in kanima form. With Scott and Stiles planning to trap the kanima in the next episode, could there still be hope for Jackson, that he could somehow control this? Or is there an inevitable showdown looming between the wolves, the kanima, and the Argent family to determine true control of Beacon Hills?
Teen Wolf airs Mondays at 10:00 on MTV. You can check out Mark O. Estes’s thoughts on the most recent episode, including a major reveal and one total gross-out moment, here.
What do you think about the larger Teen Wolf order? Which character is the master of the kanima? Should Scott tell his mom everything that’s been going on before it’s too late?