MTV Renews Teen Wolf for Season 4, Officially Adds an After-show


Over the weekend, MTV announced the renewal of its popular series Teen Wolf for Season 4, which it plans to air in 2014. The news came on Saturday in the midst of New York Comic-Con, which is as good a place as any to discuss news about a supernatural series involving (hobo) werewolves, banshees, darachs, demon wolves, and something called a Stiles. 

However, the network has only ordered 12 episodes for Season 4, after doubling the show's episode count in Season 3, which received 24 episodes divided among two half-seasons—a summer edition and a winter edition. The first half of Season 3 ended in August after a well-received but rather complex storyline, so it's a tad confusing as to why MTV is returning to the 12-episode model. If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably a mixture of having enough compelling stories to fill 24 episodes and actor availability. The second half of Season 3 begins January 6, 2014.

But for those of you who are upset about the shortened episode order, MTV has a small consolation prize to offer you: The network has also announced an official Teen Wolf after-show called Wolf Watch. The half-hour series will be hosted by Jill Wagner (Teen Wolf‘s Kate Argent) and will feature appearances by the cast and fans of the series; it will also discuss the series' intricate mythology. As far as I can tell, it's exactly like what MTV was airing after each episode of Season 3A, but now it has an official after-show title, a la AMC's Talking Dead.


Are you excited about the renewal? Saddened by the switch back to 12-episode seasons? Wondering how and when Derek Hale will return to Beacon Hills? Hit the comments!


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Feb 25, 2014
Jeff Davis commented that he asked for a 12 episode season.
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Nov 01, 2013
more of those "silent" communications between the girl-girl and boy-boy...pleaaaaase?
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Oct 23, 2013
Considering Season 3 is 24 episodes and split, it's a lot like two seasons in itself. Season 4 will feel more like Season 5.
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Oct 21, 2013
I think a twelve episode season is fine. I find shows with lots of episodes per season, lose quality story telling among all the filler episodes.
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Oct 19, 2013
I think that it is great that they have a new season. I also think it was a good idea to split the season 3. So now we have 12 more to watch starting this Jan. Keep up the good work I hope that you will have a 5 ready when 4 is gone.
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Oct 19, 2013
I'm thrilled TW is being renewed, but not as happy about the shorter format. But I'll take what I can get.
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Oct 16, 2013
Daniel Sharman is about the only reason that keeps me watching this show. Not too keen on the half-season model, if the break in between season 3 was gonna be that long, they might as well call it season 4.
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Jun 08, 2014
You will be sad to learn that Daniel S. will not be returning. You can find him on the Originals this fall.
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Oct 15, 2013
Great news :)
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Oct 15, 2013
Shirtless Stiles. That's all we're asking for.
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Oct 15, 2013
I'm just happy we'll be getting more episodes in time for next summer. It is one of my favorite summer shows. Some of the actors are in demand(Notably Dylan), so if less episodes mean we can have more seasons, I'm OK with it.
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Oct 15, 2013
I am just happy to be getting another season. But to play devil's advocate for a moment - lots of series manage to do 22 episodes a year (admittedly some well and some not so well). Ironically Teen Wolf was ahead of the pack (see what I did there?) by doing a 12 episode run before it suddenly became the in thing to do this year (shorter seasons and "event programming"). So Teen Wolf was cool before it was cool to be cool.

However, the problem with that model (at least from what I've seen of UK programming which has followed that model for a long time) is that it doesn't pay enough to keep the talent (mainly the actors but behind the scenes as well).

OTOH it gives people flexibility to do other stuff, but OTOH it forces them to do other stuff because you are not making a good living on 12 episodes a year. So if another show comes along and offers you a contract for 22 (or 24) episodes what are you supposed to do? Say "no thank you, I'd really like to only earn money for 3 months this year, but hey - thanks for asking!"? I am actually surprised Stiles, Derek and Scott (and maybe Alison) haven't landed bigger gigs yet.

Anyway, really happy about the renewal, bummed about 12 episodes, kinda hoping they go back to being a summer show if they are going to stick with 12 episodes and that they go back to the original location (if they aren't getting funding from California next year).
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Oct 15, 2013
Jeff Davis said in the NYC Comic Con panel that he requested that the renewal only be for 12 episodes because the 24 episode order was too taxing on both himself, the cast and the crew. To which I say, fair enough. Everyone's workload literally doubled this season, so I can understand why they would want a bit of backtrack in terms of episode order. Also, I feel as if this ensures that all the actors will be available to film season 4, and they'll be less likely to leave the show to pursue other opportunities.
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Oct 15, 2013
That's awesome that it got another season. Sucks about the shortened season, but hey I'm just happy it's still on the air. About the after show, I was never a fan of Kate Argent, but if it's available in Canada (which it most likely won't be) I'll watch it.
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Oct 15, 2013
i am so happy but it just put teen wolf back in my head and now i cant wait til January!!!!!
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Oct 14, 2013
Ok folks, you have to know your Wolf stuff to understand what's going on here. :-) 24 episodes for season 4 had nothing to do with story lines; it was all about money. California held a lottery to determine who got special tax breaks for filming there. You had to intend to film at least a season's worth of episodes - 22. Thus MTV entered Teen Wolf with 24 (12*2) and it won the lottery. That's the reason the show moved to LA from Atlanta and we got 24 episodes in one season; they were filmed in one go.

The reason we're back to 12 is most likely because there's no more lottery issue so no requirement to film 22+ episodes in one go. MTV never really intended the show to be something other than a Summer series.

That's it.

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Oct 14, 2013
I'd totally watch "Wolf Watch" if Chris Hardwick was hosting...
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Oct 15, 2013
Talking Wolves
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Oct 14, 2013
As long as we get Price's photo recaps, I am okay with it all.
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Oct 14, 2013
I'm kind of happy to go back to the 12-episode format. I think part of the reason Season 3 was (overly) complex was because of the doubles episodes.
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Oct 14, 2013
I totally understand why Jeff asked MTV for only 12 ep's...
Being the showeunner / exec. producer / writer all in one must be an insane workload. Especially with how devoted Jeff is towards his show...

The shorter season will also be positive for the overall quality, since there is simply far more time to plan an interesting story and flash it out. And seeing how much Jeff likes to search for interesting, new mythologies....this is actually quite an important thing.
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Oct 14, 2013
Love teen wolf and Derek I'm ok with the 12 episode season it worked in season 1 and 2 it will work now. I'm excited to see what they have planed for season 4 with the town becoming a gian beacon of light/darkness to all supernatural creatures of the world or nearest town. Can't wait.
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Oct 14, 2013
I definitely favour the 12 episode form.
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Oct 14, 2013
I like Teen Wolf but I think I'll skip the after show
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Oct 14, 2013
12 is better for a show like Teen Wolf, it leaves less room for filler & pointless plot-lines.
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Oct 14, 2013
12 is better than none. So happy it gets another season! I never would have thought a show on MTV could be this good. :) It's one of the most entertaining shows ATM.
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Oct 14, 2013
GrumpyClown gets props for posting this first in the community forum over the weekend. I guess Price was too busy with that damned Orca (but sooo busy he can't even do the TV.com article on Monday - what is that about?).

Happy about the renewal. Sad about the 12 episode limit. Happy about the after show. Irked that there was an after show for 3A that I never heard about (thanks a lot Price). So many feelings. Feelings are the worst.
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Oct 14, 2013
I'm so happy yet so sad. I feel like Chris Traeger lol.
-But I'm glad they renewed but not so glad about the 12 episodes. It's not even about the story but the fact that it means waiting a whole year for more episodes. And Teen Wolf did so well with 3A a lot better than some shows that split the season and though we haven't seen the 3B I'd say the story moves along way better than series with 24 episodes.
-Looking at the imdb, none of our major stars have a lot of projects planned. Well Dylan is staring in the Maze Runner, which is similar to Hunger Games. The book has a sequel and I think a third book, so depending how well it does it could mean he ended up with a busy schedule.
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Oct 14, 2013
Damn it, Dylan.
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Oct 14, 2013
I love the 12 episode formula. Helps make the story tighter and gets rid of the 'filler' episodes, well mostly.
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Oct 14, 2013
Why can't January be Season 4 and summer be season 5. This whole thing makes no sense to me.
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Oct 14, 2013
the creator and writers are treating it exactly that way so whatever
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Oct 14, 2013
It has to do with the business side and scheduling and contracts and all that boring stuff. All technical.
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Oct 14, 2013
Beyond happy about the renewal, as for the episode count... I'll take what I can get.
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Oct 14, 2013
1) Definitely excited about the renewal. 2) Not really sad about the 12 episode seasons as the storyline will wrap up nicely and it will be more concise. 3) Derek might come back soon, probably when a new threat comes up and the rest of the wolves needs his help? Who knows? Maybe Peter goes on a killing rampage to create his pack that it forces Derek to come back? =P
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Oct 14, 2013
Love it!

I'm glad they've gone back to the 12-ep model. Less is more.
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Oct 14, 2013
Great news! Scott is the most likeable good guy on TV
And Stiles.... he's the nicest Stiles on TV too
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Oct 14, 2013
I am so happy right now! I love Teen Wolf so much and can't imagine my summer without it. I watched the Comic Con panel and Jeff said he needed sleep and that's why the episode count is down. I think he just needs a break and requested it only be 12. But as of right now, January 6th can't come fast enough.
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Oct 14, 2013
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Oct 14, 2013
Best. News. Ever.
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Oct 14, 2013
Quite happy that it got renewed but WHAT ONLY TWELVE EPISODES RUDE MTV
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Oct 14, 2013
They would have been crazy not to have renewed it. Could they decide to order season 5 for January 2015?
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