14 items from 2016
San Diego Comic Con 2016 is almost here and the flood of cool news continues to pour in! Syfy and USA Network have announced the lineup of panels for their new and returning shows, including Colony, starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). Also: details on the Kevin Smith-hosted Geeking Out premiere episode and the Ghostbusters filters rollout on Snapchat.
USA Network's Colony Sdcc 2016 Panel Discussion Details: Press Release: "New York, NY (July 7, 2016) – Syfy and USA Network today unveiled their San Diego Comic-Con lineup, featuring an exciting series of panels and screenings with both returning and soon-to-premiere series. Stars and creatives from Syfy’s The Magicians and The Expanse and USA’s Mr. Robot and Colony and will appear at panels, while upcoming fall series Incorporated (Syfy) and Falling Water (USA) will feature exclusive pilot screenings for both shows.
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- Tamika Jones
Based on Lev Grossman's book trilogy, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a grad student who gains entrance to an elite magic academy. Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleton, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Anne Dudek, Jade Tailor, and Esme Bianco also star.
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Lev Grossman’s novel, The Magicians, which is only about seven years old and already has two sequels, is something of a unique effort. It isn’t unique in that it is about a young man at a school of magic, but it is an uncommon attempt to mix Ya fiction (or, more or less Ya fiction), with high fantasy, with something like a pointed disregard for “standard narrative enticements.” It’s almost as though it is working a layered trick to get young audiences to believe that working through school will actually pay off.
Sure, our “hero” Quentin learns there is a school where he can go to learn real magic, but it’s filled with rules, learning magic is monotonous and requires countless hours of study, and the whole thing is likely to drive you mad with frustration. But, if you make it out the other side, you »
- Marc Eastman
Syfy has renewed its new fantasy drama “The Magicians” for a second season, the network announced on Monday. Season 2, consisting of 13 episodes, will air in 2017. “Thanks to an extraordinarily gifted creative team of executive producers and our partners at Universal Cable Productions, ‘The Magicians’ has become a buzzed-about hit, enchanting fans of the novels as well as attracting new and younger audiences to Syfy,” said Dave Howe, President of Syfy & Chiller, in a statement. Also Read: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon's 'Incorporated' Picked Up to Series by Syfy Starring Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, »
- Linda Ge
Syfy has renewed freshman drama “The Magicians” for Season 2, the cabler announced Monday.
The show will return for 13 episodes, slated to air in 2017. Based on the bestselling series of novels from Lev Grossman, “The Magicians” hails from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.
“Thanks to an extraordinarily gifted creative team of executive producers and our partners at Universal Cable Productions, ‘The Magicians’ has become a buzzed-about hit, enchanting fans of the novels as well as attracting new and younger audiences to Syfy,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller.
The contemporary fantasy drama is currently airing Mondays at 9 p.m. on Syfy, and has debuted three episodes to date.
“The Magicians” has averaged 1.7 million viewers over its first three episodes in Live+3. Syfy also gave the series a non-linear preview online and on-demand, when »
- Laura Prudom
Ready for some magical news? Syfy has renewed The Magicians for a second season of 13 episodes, which is expected to premiere in 2017. (Yep, you might want to keep practicing that finger tutting!) "Thanks to an extraordinarily gifted creative team of executive producers and our partners at Universal Cable Productions, The Magicians has become a buzzed-about hit, enchanting fans of the novels as well as attracting new and younger audiences to Syfy," Dave Howe, president of, Syfy & Chiller, said in a statement. The series, based on the bestselling fantasy novels from Lev Grossman, airs its fourth episode tonight, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m., and stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, »
Syfy has renewed "The Magicians" for a thirteen episode second season which will air in early 2017.
Based on the bestselling series of novels by Lev Grossman, the contemporary fantasy drama has aired three episodes of its first season thus far and has averaged 1.7 million viewers per episode in Live+3 ratings.
This marks the latest renewal of a series by the network which also has second seasons of "The Expanse" and "12 Monkeys" on the way.
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- Garth Franklin
The new Syfy series The Magicians premiered in January. Based on the books by Lev Grossman, it tells the story of a group of young magicians at Brakebills University in New York. Our students include Quentin (Jason Ralph), Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley), Kady (Jade Tailor), Penny (Arjun Gupta), Margo (Summer Bishil), Julia (Stella Maeve) and […]
- Fred Topel
These days, TV shows can use all the help they can get to attract positive ratings and stay on the air. Even a little magic wouldn't hurt. How will The Magicians perform for Syfy? Will the fantasy series be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
Based on Lev Grossman's best-selling books, The Magicians TV show is set at the secret Brakebills University for students of magical ability. Grad student Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) spends more time immersed in a fantasy book series than living his life. When he and his best friend Julia (Stella Maeve) are transported to Brakebills for an entrance exam, their world changes forever. The cast also includes Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleton, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Anne Dudek, Jade Tailor, and Esme Bianco.
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Syfy’s The Magicians attempted to do a lot more than pull a rabbit out of its hat during a two-hour premiere on Monday.
But did the fantastical adaptation of Lev Grossman’s popular book trilogy turn out to be a magical time? Before you chime in with your thoughts on the new series from executive producers Sera Gamble (Supernatural) and John McNamara (Aquarius), a recap of the two-hour premiere:
Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
**Trigger warning – premiere contains self-harm and a near-rape scene.**
Syfy’s The Magicians, an adaptation of the bestselling “urban fantasy” by Lev Grossman, pulls off one fascinating trick in its forceful, flawed first episodes. Combining unusually haunted heroes, a grounded and grungy aesthetic, and unexpected willingness to deconstruct its chosen genre, the series manages to dispense with the hangman’s-noose turn of phrase that has accompanied it since Grossman’s source material first hit shelves: namely, that this tale of sorcery students grappling with dark forces is just “Harry Potter for adults.”
Instead of buying into that pull-quote-ready categorization, the series (co-created by Supernatural‘s Sera Gamble and Aquarius‘ John McNamara) goes deeper and darker. Its protagonist is the troubled and mostly miserable Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), who shows signs of clinical depression and regards the Narnia-esque Fillory and Further series as a »
- Isaac Feldberg
If Syfy’s The Magicians goes “poof!” and disappears after its first season, it won’t be for lack of ambition.
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Based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling fantasy trilogy, the series’ two-hour premiere (airing Monday at 9/8c) packs so many tricks up its sleeve that the whole enterprise occasionally threatens to split at the seams.
Syfy’s “The Magicians,” an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s trilogy of acclaimed fantasy novels, rushes pell-mell into the books’ plots, and moves around a few of their most prominent elements; you certainly can’t say the show is shy about rearranging the story’s foundations. Yet in the first two episodes of the drama, an over-reliance on mechanically contrived incident hinders the show’s ability to create the kind of emotional intensity and intelligently wrought suspense that were the hallmarks of the novels, and in certain key roles, some actors fail to create a spell.
Grossman’s tale is, at its lacerated heart, the story of isolated and intellectually gifted adolescents trying to figure out how to connect with one another and see the wonder, danger and possibility beyond their individual concerns. Since he was a kid, the smart but depressed New Yorker Quentin Coldwater had escaped into a »
- Maureen Ryan
Syfy has made the pilot of its new TV show, The Magicians, available, online. Watch The Magicians, season one, episode one, "Unauthorized Magic," here. Before you invest an hour, check out the newest trailer, for The Magicians, "Unauthorized Magic," below.
Syfy aired the episode, which premieres January 25, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt, on December 16, but it was not available on demand. The cast The Magicians includes: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleton, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Anne Dudek, Jade Tailor, and Esme Bianco.
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14 items from 2016
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