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The Ugly Rumor About ‘Teen Wolf’ Returning To 12 Episodes Is Sadly True

Teen Wolf season 4 will be returning to 12 episodes per season, instead of the 24 we had in season 3.the night desk’s insight:It was almost like a double season this year, with two distinct story lines, the second literally stemming from the roots of t…

Teen Wolf season 4 will be returning to 12 episodes per season, instead of the 24 we had in season 3.

the night desk’s insight:
It was almost like a double season this year, with two distinct story lines, the second literally stemming from the roots of the first. MTV for whatever reason, has decided to return to its twelve episode lineup for season 4. With no indication of which of the fab 5 will be missing next season, and I say missing because I seriously doubt the brilliant Jeff Davis is going to kill off one of his main characters, we have little idea where the show is taking us. Of course, Jackson was taken off the front credits when his protrayer decided not to stay for another season of the show, but I haven’t heard about any of the others wanting to leave. How bout you, anyone heard who it might be?

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2 replies on “The Ugly Rumor About ‘Teen Wolf’ Returning To 12 Episodes Is Sadly True”

Jeff Davis isn’t in any way brilliant, sad to say. No brilliant writer, or writer team, that I know throws as much out of the blue supernatural stuff into a show like he does, but I guess the target audience wants just the good looking actors and nothing else. It’s not like any highly rated reviews of the show anywhere go into details of the plots, characters, situations and all that.

As for this being a bad thing, let’s use The Walking Dead as an example for why it isn’t.

TWD was bloated to 13 episodes a season versus 6 after their budget was chopped down by 20% and other such setbacks. What happened? Stretched out material and episodes that left most of the comic’s situations and plots untouched. (Not like the audience and fans noticed, though.)

Season 3 of Teen Wolf was pretty much that, except it was full of things being added every third episode or so, a problem in the second season as well, to the point where you might as well say, “Screw it. Why should I care? Every single person in this world has some deus ex machina waiting to be used on them, anyway.” I don’t remember the writers of Buffy, Fringe, 24, Grimm or Being Human being as loose with the lore of their worlds as Jeff Davis is being in ‘his baby.’

And as for this ‘missing’ character? Sequel bait. That’s all it is. A good story doesn’t need that cliffhanger trope to hold your interest.

Season 3 was 24 episodes because the show was selected via lottery to receive state funding to film in California. State funding that stipulates recipient shows produce a 24 episode season. Presumably Teen Wolf was not drawn for the funding this year so it’s back to business as usual with 12 episodes.

I’m not sure what to expect as far as the advertized character death goes. Maybe Davis just wanted to drop the axe for the story, or maybe someone in the cast is looking to take their career in a new direction. The fact that we don’t know of someone choosing to walk (a la Coulton) certainly doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. Frankly that’s the only way I see Stiles getting written out (if it is his head on the block). Dylan brings it to the show and I don’t think it’s rash to say he could find many other rewarding roles away from Teen Wolf if he wanted to. The way 3B is going it could easily be a royal send-off for Dylan or maybe just Jeff sweetening Dylan’s material not just because Dylan can deliver, but because Jeff probably doesn’t want his most capable lead jetting for new frontiers.

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