‘Shadowhunters’ Pilot Review: The Potential Is There, But It Falls Flat

SHADOWHUNTERS - “The Mortal Cup” - One young woman realizes how dark the city can really be when she learns the truth about her past in the series premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, "Shadowhunters" follows Clary Fray, 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. Now thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, Clary must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend Simon in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. Nothing is as it seems, including her close family friend Luke who knows more than he is letting on, as well as the enigmatic warlock Magnus Bane who could hold the key to unlocking Clary's past. (ABC Family/John Medland) KATHERINE MCNAMARA

This is an advance review for the Shadowhunters pilot (premiering Jan. 12 on Freeform). While there are no major spoilers, there are minor spoilers regarding the overall plot of the first episode.

When it comes to screen adaptations of popular book series the biggest criticism tends to be a lack of faithfulness to the source material. And that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not following the book page for page. As far as I’m concerned faithfulness to the source material equates to staying true to the essence of the story; the reason why fans fell in love with the story in the first place.

For me that’s always been my biggest concern about Shadowhunters. I don’t mind changes – in fact, I expect and even encourage them – so long as the soul of the story and the characters remains in tact. But with the reveal of the changes coming to the show – both subtle and major – I was worried about the show trailing too off course from the books and becoming something else entirely.

If that’s to be the case in the future of the series, the pilot was pretty faithful in regards to following key events in the story while adding new pieces to the story. It’s like the cast has been preaching: they get from point A to point B but in their own way. But I’ll admit it’s puzzling to watch how the world has been tweaked to fit with the year 2016, including the social media craze and greater technological advances. The Shadowhunters culture is built upon the lack of technology and that’s important in the books, which begs the question, why are there computers and iPods in the Institute? Doesn’t that make their magic useless?

The Shadowhunters pilot follows the beginning of City of Bones as it’s the night of Clary’s 18th birthday, one of the acceptable differences from the book, and her fated introduction to the Shadow World complete with key elements from the book that fans will recognize. We glimpse the series’ integral characters, from Shadowhunters to humans to Downworlders, as the groundwork is laid for the series. Judging from the pilot alone, Shadowhunters looks to be pulling some storylines from the books and expanding upon them with their own vision, which won’t be entirely embraced by devoted book fans. But the potential is there.

Shadowhunters has some key elements from City of Bones: the mythology, the famous locations, recognizable scenes, and the characters. But where it struggles is the execution of it all. The pacing was rushed, there was too much mythology glossed over, the female characters were over sexualized, and some of the dialogue was just terrible. The writing is very flat and lacks substance especially when coming from a book where the dialogue keeps the momentum of the plot going. But there were some well-placed lines. The stunt choreography was fantastic and the music was an improvement from the film, but the special effects seemed to overwhelm senses rather than give a subtle essence to a different world.

With a new medium for The Mortal Instruments has come a new cast that the fandom has warmly embraced. The show is well cast, there is no doubt about that, but a big concern of this adaptation has been whether or not the characters are done justice. But I must say it really shows on screen how some actors excelled in the research of their roles.

SHADOWHUNTERS - “The Mortal Cup” - One young woman realizes how dark the city can really be when she learns the truth about her past in the series premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, "Shadowhunters" follows Clary Fray, 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. Now thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, Clary must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend Simon in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. Nothing is as it seems, including her close family friend Luke who knows more than he is letting on, as well as the enigmatic warlock Magnus Bane who could hold the key to unlocking Clary's past. (ABC Family/John Medland) DOMINIC SHERWOOD

One thing you should know about pilots is that they’re far from perfect. It’s forty minutes to sell a show and convince the audience to give a damn. But it also serves as the backstory for the show, which means there is a lot of exposition and a ton of information crammed into a single episode. Most of the time it can feel too rushed or too much to take in all at once.

Shadowhunters definitely fell victim to that. While there’s plenty of story to tell, the pilot felt like it was sprinting the entire time. There needed to be some space for it to breathe; to really take in each scene and let it play out instead of rushing it due to time constraints. But that’s often one of a pilot’s biggest criticisms: too rushed.

While I’m not closed off to change, the change that rubbed me the wrong way had to do with the characters. The characters lacked heart and depth, and I found myself not really caring about them. But there were also new characters that take over vital roles from essential characters. It’s those kind of fundamental changes that worry me. I’m open to subtle changes in the storytelling of it all, but the foundation of this story is the characters and their importance in the grand scheme of things. My biggest concern moving forward is that Shadowhunters doesn’t struggle with presenting these characters that we love as something else entirely. They are the reason why fans love the books, and they’ll be the reason why the fans love or don’t love the show.

When push comes to shove, the action sequences won’t mean a damn thing if no one cares about the people fighting. It’s one of the reasons why those superhero shows like Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl work. Sure, the initial draw is the superhero element of it all, but there’s a greater emphasis on the characters as people not as their superhero personas, which binds the audience to these characters and makes them give a damn. Honestly, that’s the direction I pray Shadowhunters takes. Make us love these versions of the characters; make them stand tall on their own; make them exist as an extension of the plot and not in spite of it.

While female strength is one of the most important messages in The Mortal Instruments and Cassandra Clare’s books in general, Shadowhunters came off as demeaning to the women on the show and the women watching it. It became more about how the women were perceived physically rather than intellectually. In the books, Isabelle is a beautiful woman, but she uses her feminine superiority as a weapon not as an excuse. I can only hope that the women of Shadowhunters are treated with more respect moving forward.

SHADOWHUNTERS - “The Mortal Cup” - One young woman realizes how dark the city can really be when she learns the truth about her past in the series premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, "Shadowhunters" follows Clary Fray, 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. Now thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, Clary must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend Simon in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. Nothing is as it seems, including her close family friend Luke who knows more than he is letting on, as well as the enigmatic warlock Magnus Bane who could hold the key to unlocking Clary's past. (ABC Family/John Medland) EMERAUDE TOUBIA

With Shadowhunters being based on The Mortal Instruments, there are certain expectations that fans have about what to expect. Whether it’s significant moments from the books or character expectations, that’s one of the responsibilities that one takes on when adapting a worldwide phenomenon of a book series into a television show. While the pilot followed several significant scenes from the first few chapters of City of Bones, I was disappointed that a certain scene that fans were anticipating didn’t make the final cut. It’s scenes like that – that come directly from the book – that are nice treats for the book fans and show the strong foundation of the story’s roots; the scenes that the fans of the books are expecting because they’re such an integral part of the story. But I’m hopeful that we’ll see other scenes from the book take form on the small screen adaptation.

While Shadowhunters shows promise, for me it didn’t fully do justice for the book. Perhaps that’s because it’s a pilot and pilots often rub people the wrong way, but there was just something fundamentally missing for me as a viewer that tends to draw me to material. Although it pays homage to the book, Shadowhunters lacks the heart, the wit, and the intensity of the characters that we’ve grown to know and love. But Shadowhunters has the potential to get to that place. The question and concern is, will it get there?

After watching the show I discovered a newfound desire to re-read the books. I left the pilot feeling optimistic about the direction of the show moving forward. The show has potential, and it appeals to both the book and a new audience. It raises questions that people that aren’t familiar with the books would be interested in. While the pilot was far from perfect, it was enjoyable to watch the beginnings of this story take root, and I’m curious to see where Shadowhunters takes these characters and this story. There are pieces in place and an entire world to explore with this show that gives me hope that the producers will take it where it needs to go; where it’s meant to go; where it deserves to go.

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday at 9/8c on Freeform.

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Featurette: ‘Shadowhunters’ Glossary, Volume 2

SHADOWHUNTERS - “The Mortal Cup” - One young woman realizes how dark the city can really be when she learns the truth about her past in the series premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, "Shadowhunters" follows Clary Fray, 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. Now thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, Clary must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend Simon in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. Nothing is as it seems, including her close family friend Luke who knows more than he is letting on, as well as the enigmatic warlock Magnus Bane who could hold the key to unlocking Clary's past. (ABC Family/John Medland) KATHERINE MCNAMARA

While fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles are already well-versed in all of the terminology associated with her world, there are new fans joining the fandom every day, so Freeform thought they’d help these new fans brush up on some of the most important words to know in the Shadow World.

Strap in for “A Mundane’s Guide to Shadowhunters, Volume 2,” where the cast and Cassie discuss the terms “Parabatai,” “Seraph Blade,” “Downworlder,” and “Ravener Demon.”

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’: Extended Synopsis for Episode 1×02 ‘The Descent Into Hell Is Easy’

SHADOWHUNTERS - “The Descent Into Hell is Easy" - Clary’s memories may be the key to finding her mother and The Mortal Cup in “The Descent Into Hell is Easy,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, January 19th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. ABC Family is becoming Freeform on January 12, 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland) DOMINIC SHERWOOD, KATHERINE MCNAMARA

Freeform has unveiled an extended synopsis for episode 1×02 of Shadowhunters titled “The Descent Into Hell is Easy,” which airs Tuesday, Jan. 19. The new logline features some new details about the episode.

Episode 1×02, “The Descent Into Hell is Easy”

With the knowledge that Valentine is alive and on the hunt for The Mortal Cup, the Institute is on high alert. Not wasting any time, Jace jumps into action and figures Clary’s memories are the key to finding Jocelyn and The Mortal Cup. Unfortunately, Clary’s memories were wiped leaving her without any recollection of this other life that could help her and the team. With only one other option remaining, Jace, Isabelle and a very reluctant Alec take Clary to the City of Bones to face the powerful Silent Brothers.

Meanwhile, Luke continues his search for Clary, and Simon tries to come to terms with his best friend’s new life.

The network released a ton of promotional photos from the episode, which you can view here.

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

 

New ‘Shadowhunters’ Promo Teases a Hidden War

SHADOWHUNTERS - “The Mortal Cup” - One young woman realizes how dark the city can really be when she learns the truth about her past in the series premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, "Shadowhunters" follows Clary Fray, 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. Now thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, Clary must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend Simon in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. Nothing is as it seems, including her close family friend Luke who knows more than he is letting on, as well as the enigmatic warlock Magnus Bane who could hold the key to unlocking Clary's past. (ABC Family/John Medland) DOMINIC SHERWOOD

With just about two weeks until the premiere of Shadowhunters, ABC Family/Freeform has unveiled a new minute-long promo for the series that features a slew of new footage.

In the trailer we get to see Valentine assembling his army, Clary’s journey into the world of the Shadowhunters, and even features the line “the descent into hell is easy,” which just so happens to be the title of episode 1×02.

Watch the new promo below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’: Read the Synopses for Episodes 1×02 and 1×03

SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" stars Emeraude Toubia as Isabella Lightwood, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray and Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood. (ABC Family/Bob D'Amico)

While we’re still two weeks out from the premiere of Shadowhunters, we’re learning more details about what lies ahead in the adaptation.

Freeform has released official synopses for episodes 1×02 (“The Descent Into Hell is Easy”) and 1×03 (“Dead Man’s Party”) of Shadowhunters, which air Jan. 19 and Jan. 26.

The Descent Into Hell is Easy (airing Jan. 19)

With the knowledge that Valentine is alive and on the hunt for The Mortal Cup, the Institute is on high alert. Not wanting to waste time, Jace jumps into action and figures that Clary’s memories are the key to finding Jocelyn and The Mortal Cup.

Dead Man’s Party (airing Jan. 26)

Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle work to rescue Simon from the vampire hideout, Hotel du Mort.

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

Watch: ‘Shadowhunters’ Series Comes to Life at Boston Bus Shelter

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Several mundanes in Boston got quite the surprise when they witnessed the Shadowhunters series come to life at a bus shelter.

Watch as these mundies get one heck of a shock as they encounter some creatures from the series.

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

Netflix to release ‘Shadowhunters’ globally

SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" stars Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane. (ABC Family/Bob D'Amico)

SHADOWHUNTERS – ABC Family’s “Shadowhunters” stars Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane. (ABC Family/Bob D’Amico)

Fantastic news, Shadowhunters fans!

According to Deadline, Netflix has acquired the GLOBAL rights to Shadowhunters!

Netflix has acquired global rights, excluding the U.S., to Constantin Film’s The Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. The streaming giant will premiere the title as an original series globally on Netflix a day after the U.S. broadcast on Freeform (fka ABC Family), with the first episode launching globally January 13. Subsequent episodes will release weekly thereafter.

Shadowhunters is the TV adaptation spinoff of the bestselling book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The book was previously the basis for the 2013 feature The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, directed by Harald Zwart and starring Lily Collins. The TV series follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), who discovers on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – humans born with angelic blood who protect humanity from demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped by a powerful foe from her past, Clary is thrown into a new life of demon hunting under the guidance of charming and headstrong Shadowhunter Jace Wayland (Dominic Sherwood). Now living in the Shadow World among warlocks, vampires, werewolves and faeries, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

Kudos to Constantin Film for understanding that the love for Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series is a world-wide phenomenon!

The countries in red have Netflix so this is where the Shadowhunters episodes will be aired one day after the US release:

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform and on Netflix on Wednesday, 13 for all the international fans :-)

How excited are you right now? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Exclusive: Katherine McNamara Talks Staying Faithful with ‘Shadowhunters’

SHADOWHUNTERS - “The Mortal Cup” - One young woman realizes how dark the city can really be when she learns the truth about her past in the series premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, "Shadowhunters" follows Clary Fray, 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. Now thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, Clary must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend Simon in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. Nothing is as it seems, including her close family friend Luke who knows more than he is letting on, as well as the enigmatic warlock Magnus Bane who could hold the key to unlocking Clary's past. (ABC Family/John Medland) KATHERINE MCNAMARA

With Shadowhunters gearing up to make its January debut, fans are eager to see how their favorite series will make the transition to the small screen. While adaptations are never 100 percent carbon copies of their books, the focus is always on how faithful adaptations manage to stay to its source material.

We had the chance to chat with Shadowhunters star Katherine McNamara about the challenge of staying faithful to the books and yet making it fresh, as well as portraying the strong Clary Fray, her favorite relationships in the series, her favorite thing about the show, and the rapport of the Shadowhunters cast.

STAYING FAITHFUL TO THE BOOKS │ The most challenging aspect of adapting a book series to new media is ensuring that you’re staying faithful to the source material. It’s what fans expect, but it’s something that can prove difficult. When we spoke to McNamara about the challenge of staying true to the essence of this story and these characters, she told us that it’s something that they haven’t taken lightly.

“I think Shadowhunters has found a really great balance with staying true to the original and yet taking its own interpretation and perspective on the story,” she said. “Yes, we do have the same story from point A to point B – and the first book is kind of the first season – and we do stay true to the characters in every sense, and that’s something we took great care to do throughout the season.”

But with any adaptation there are going to be changes. While the first season essentially covers the first book (City of Bones), there will be additions from books 2-4 and certain elements of the series that will be changed.

“We still want it to be entertaining for people who know the books cover to cover; we still want to surprise people,” McNamara said. “We bring in characters from books 2, 3, and 4, and we have elements of the story that are different, and certain relationships kind of change in ways you wouldn’t expect. It takes you on a ride that even as a fan of the books you’ll still be surprised, and you’ll still gasp, laugh, and cry, and experience all of the roller coaster that you would if you’d never met these characters before.”

PORTRAYING CLARY FRAY │With The Mortal Instruments fans have gotten a strong female hero to look up to and follow through her ups and downs with Clary Fray. When it comes to portraying that strong female character that so many people look up to, McNamara called landing the role of Clary “a dream come true,” but she also understands the huge responsibility that comes with portraying a beloved character.

“As you well know, when you read these books you become attached to these characters and you have such a personal relationship with them; you grow up with them,” she said. “For a lot of these people these characters are their heroes. In bringing them to life we feel that responsibility. I know that my biggest goal is to do justice to a character that Cassie (Clare) has created and to the story and to all of these fans that are so fiercely loyal to us.”

THE MALEC EFFECT │With the books being as popular and appreciated as they are, fans have become attached to the series’ central couples, and that’s something that McNamara said that Shadowhunters is being sure to take care of.

While McNamara loves the traditional ships like Clace (Clary/Jace), Malec (Magnus/Alec) and Sizzy (Simon/Isabelle), she admitted that she is partial to Malec.

“Personally, I have a real attachment to the Magnus/Alec relationship as a fan just because I see the way that Matt (Daddario) and Harry (Shum Jr.) have taken such care to portray the relationship on screen, and I think fans are really going to be excited to see the elements that they bring to that relationship,” she said. “I know that I just fell in love with it from the beginning. I give them so much respect for the care that they took to do it right.”

THE LOVE TRIANGLE │One of the central elements in the first part of The Mortal Instruments is the love triangle between Clary, Jace, and Simon. That’s definitely an element of the book that we’ll see in Shadowhunters.

“I find the love triangle with Simon, Clary, and Jace so interesting because she can never truly choose; she needs both of them in her life,” McNamara said. “She needs Jace because he understands the Shadowhunter part of her, and he can teach her about this world and how to survive it. Yet she needs Simon because he understands the human side of her. He understands where she came from and her past, and he keeps her grounded through all of this fantasy she’s going through.”

LADIES SUPPORTING LADIES │More often than not television lacks a central focus on the importance of female relationships, which we often find them pitting women against women. One of the relationships that McNamara is most excited for fans to see is that between Clary and Isabelle because it really focuses on the cultivation of that relationship and two strong women being strong without tearing each other down.

“So often you get two strong female characters, one who’s established and one who’s new to a certain world, and they often clash and it becomes a competition; it becomes a cat fight,” she said. “That’s old hat; we’ve seen that story a million times over. That never happens; it doesn’t happen in the books, and it doesn’t happen in the series. Emeraude and I have had such a great time playing that relationship and appreciating that fact that we can be two strong women who have a sisterly relationship in life and on screen. That’s something that I think is really unique about Shadowhunters.

MAKING FANTASY A REALITY │While The Mortal Instruments has always been a thrilling, exciting adventure, and its core it’s been the relationships that have resonated with fans and made the series one that has had such a profound impact on so many people. For McNamara, that’s her favorite part about the books and about Shadowhunters.

“My favorite thing about Shadowhunters is that even though it takes place in this fantastical world that’s very different from our own, the characters are so relatable, and so rich and so diverse. Even though each character seems like one thing at the beginning of the story, they’ve force into these situations and they’re forced to really go to a vulnerable place and expose a part of themselves that kind if breaks their stereotype and changes your opinion of them as you read more. That’s something that’s very true about each one of us.”

THE CAST DYNAMIC │It was clear from the start that the cast of Shadowhunters was composed of a diverse group of people who all instantly clicked. Whether it was the behind the scenes photos or live streams of late night games of Werewolf, the chemistry is definitely there. McNamara called the cast “another family,” one that has already been through so much together even before the series’ debut.

“Being a bit younger than all of them it’s been really kind of amazing for me because I’ve been able to learn so much from each one of them,” she said. “Because we all come from such different backgrounds and we’re all such different people and we have different pasts and we grew up in different places, coming together it creates this weird sense of harmony because we all learn from each other, and we all have different experiences, and we all respect each other both as artists and as people.”

But aside from the fun and games of it all – which are always to be had – McNamara credits this cast with helping her grow both as an actor and as a person.

“Personally and professionally I’ve learned so much. I respect each one of them massively, and I don’t think we could get together and not have fun. Even if we tried to not have fun, I just think that’s an impossibility. I’m really grateful to have a group like that to share this experience with, and there’s no one else that I’d rather share it with.”

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

New Featurette: ‘Shadowhunters’ Glossary, Volume 1

SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray and Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland. (ABC Family/Bob D'Amico)

While fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles are already well-versed in all of the terminology associated with her world, there are new fans joining the fandom every day, so Freeform thought they’d help these new fans brush up on some of the most important words to know in the Shadow World.

Strap in for “A Mundane’s Guide to Shadowhunters, Volume 1,” where the cast and Cassie discuss the terms “Shadowhunter,” “Rune,” “Stele,” and “Warlock.”

Shadowhunters premieres Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

Watch: New ‘Shadowhunters’ Character Spots

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The countdown to Shadowhunters continues as we are nearing the one-month mark.

ABC Family/Freeform has unveiled some quick 8-second character spots for each of the series’ main cast, including Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus, and Luke.

Take a look!

Which one is your favorite?

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, January 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

Have yourself a Merry Shadowhunter Christmas/holidays with limited edition art and more!

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Art by Cassandra Jean

It’s 20 days until Christmas/the holidays and if you still don’t know what to give to your parabatai, your sibling or your own personal Jace or Clary, we have once again come up with a Shadowhunter Christmas gift list for you.

The first item on this list is something very, very special!

The English editions of Cassie’s The Mortal Instruments were reissued with new and gorgeous covers by the artist Mìla Fürstová and fans now have the unique opportunity to buy Mìla’s designs. Every single one of the etchings (an etching is an ancient type of printmaking technique where the artist scratches onto metal and then prints from that) is signed by Mìla and Cassie herself! These limited edition etchings are 45 x 45 cm (~ 18 in x 18 in) and if you order before December 11 your present will arrive just in time for Christmas.

We were told that “Cassandra owns these works herself and is about to hang them in her house, so whoever buys these works will have a very limited edition etching the same as Cassandra has in her home!”

Cassie was asked about the most interesting fan reaction to the new covers and she said that “many readers outside the UK have asked if the same artwork would be used for future repackages in the US and around the world. They want a piece of the beauty, too!”

Mìla’s favourite cover is “the star because of the complexity of the structure” and she said “I found the cover with the Wings [City of Bones] most difficult to make. I wanted to get the relationship between Clary and Jace just right and kept re-drawing this image.”

Check out/buy the etchings here.

 

Other gift ideas:

Shadowhunter Chronicles books (click the pictures to get to the Book Depository or Amazon.com):

 

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The Mortal Instruments (UK paperbacks) Credit to Walker Books

(Link directs you to City of Bones, but the other books are easy to find)

TMI box set new

The Mortal Instruments box set (paperbacks)

TID box set new

The Infernal Devices box set (paperbacks)

Next year we have Lady Midnight (March 8) and the bound edition of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (TBA) to look forward to!

Everyone at TMI Source wishes you a happy Christmas time, happy holidays or a fabulous December :-)

Tons of New Character Portraits for ‘Shadowhunters’

SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" stars Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray and Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland. (ABC Family/Bob D'Amico)

It continues to be one hell of a busy day in the Shadowhunters fandom. After the release of promotional photos from the pilot and behind the scenes photos, the goodies just keep on coming!

ABC Family/Freeform has released 28 new character portraits featuring the cast of Shadowhunters in character. Entertainment Weekly debuted 12 of these photos, but ABC Family/Freeform has released 16 more, as well as those previous 12 untagged and in high quality.

From Clace to Malec to Climon to Isabelle to Magnus, these new character portraits are looking better in black! Check them out!

A new half-hour behind the scenes special, Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters will air this Sunday at 9:30/8:30c on the network.

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, January 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

Watch: Trailer for ‘Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters’ Debuts

SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" premieres Tuesday, January 12, 2016 on Freeform. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland) KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

Before Shadowhunters makes its debut on January 12, ABC Family/Freeform will be releasing a 30-minute special that will takes fans behind-the-scenes of the making of the show.

The network has released a trailer for “Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters,” which will air Sunday, Dec. 6 at 9:30/8:30c, which you can watch below.

“Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters” will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the television series, which includes the cast revealing how they landed their roles and a look at how the cast got into fighting shape. For those new to the Shadow World, the cast will explain what it’s all about.

The special will also include interviews with cast members Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Harry Shum, Jr., Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia and Isaiah Mustafa, as well as showrunner Ed Decter and executive producer McG.

Shadowhunters premieres January 12 at 9/8c on ABC Family/Freeform.

Watch: New Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Shadowhunters’

SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" premieres Tuesday, January 12, 2016 on Freeform. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland) MATTHEW DADDARIO, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, EMERAUDE TOUBIA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

SHADOWHUNTERS – ABC Family’s “Shadowhunters” premieres Tuesday, January 12, 2016 on Freeform. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland)
MATTHEW DADDARIO, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, EMERAUDE TOUBIA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

ABC Family unveiled a new behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming series Shadowhunters, which is based on the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

The new look features interviews with the cast, as well as some new footage from the series.

A making-of special, “Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters,” will air December 6 at 9:30/8:30c on the network.

Shadowhunters premieres January 12 at 9/8c on ABC Family/Freeform.

New ‘Shadowhunters’ Behind-the-Scenes Special Airing Friday Night on ABC Family

SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" premieres Tuesday, January 12, 2016 on Freeform. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland) KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

SHADOWHUNTERS – ABC Family’s “Shadowhunters” premieres Tuesday, January 12, 2016 on Freeform. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland)
KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

Before the Shadowhunters special, “Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters” airs this December, fans will get a new look at the making of the ABC Family/Freeform series based on Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.

As a part of their 13 Nights of Halloween, ABC Family will be debuting a new behind-the-scenes look at Shadowhunters, where fans will learn more about how the show was made, as well as some new footage from the series.

The Shadowhunters social media also teased that: “Make sure you tune in as there will be an extra surprise for those that do!” Ooh…we’re definitely intrigued.

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Shadowhunters premieres January 12 at 9/8c on ABC Family/Freeform.

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