Friday, May 22, 2015

Syfy Gives Us a First Look at 2016's 'The Magicians'

One of Syfy's new scripted programs, "The Magicians," is coming in 2016 and now...presto!... they're offering a first look.

Brakebills University isn't your ordinary school...it's a world where magic is real. Now where else can you find a school at which to hone the skills of magicians? I ask you! Oh...wait.

Check out the trailer after the show's official description (via Syfy) and then let us know if you're dazzled enough to watch. It looks interesting and I like the possibility of potential world domination by magicians.

Based upon Lev Grossman's best-selling books, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, Aquarius) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) and Summer Bishil (Towelhead, Lucky 7) also star in this one hour drama.

Groundswell Productions' Michael London and Janice Williams (Milk) will executive produce. John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), writers of the pilot, will serve as executive producers.

Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy is an international sensation, published and widely praised in more than twenty countries. The epic conclusion to the series, The Magician's Land, opened at #1 last summer on The New York Times Hardcover Best Seller's list, and was widely acclaimed as one of the best books of the year.

"Ever since The Magicians was published I've wanted to see this story on screen," said Lev Grossman. "The people, the school, the other worlds, the magic. I'm so thrilled that it's finally happening, and I'm beyond thrilled that we found the right people to do it. Get ready; you've never seen anything like this."




-Larissa Mrykalo

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