Teen Wolf has been renewed for a fourth season by MTV, the network announced Saturday.
The first season of Teen Wolf, which is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, premiered on June 5, 2011. The second season premiered June 3, 2012, and MTV announced that it had renewed the series for a third season on July 12. The third season of Teen Wolf premiered on June 3, drawing 2.36 million viewers. The midseason finale aired August 19, and drew 2.08 million viewers.
The fourth season of Teen Wolf will debut in 2014 with 12 episodes, according to E! News. MTV also announced a new weekly talk show, Wolf Watch, that will air after each new episode, a la AMC’s Talking Dead. Wolf Watch will be hosted by Jill Wagner, who played Kate Argent, and will feature guest appearances by the cast.
The season three return in January will introduce a new mythology to Teen Wolf.
“We’re heading into a new mythology based on the Kitsune myth, which some people might know a little bit about,” executive producer Jeff Davis said. “It is a very, very fascinating Japanese shapeshifter myth about the were-fox and the trickster spirit.”
In Japanese folklore, foxes are said to shapeshift into beautiful women, young girls, or elderly men. In medieval Japan, it was believed that any woman who was by herself, especially at night, could be a fox.
Arden Cho, who will play new Beacon Hills High student Kira, could be the Kitsune, but Davis said fans will find out what she is eventually. He also previously explained that he was considering a spinoff based on the Kitsune legend.
“I wanted to do it for awhile. If there was ever, I shouldn’t say this because who knows if there would be a chance of it, I wanted to do it as a spinoff, as its own show,” Davis said. “Partly because I wanted to try doing a female character, our version of a Buffy, but the Kitsune myth is just such a good myth.”
Teen Wolf returns January 6, 2014.