We've talked a lot around here about Syfy's dedication to returning to more hard sci-fi programming over the next couple of years, but the network's also devoted to other kinds of genre series, and The Magicians is one of them. Based on a trilogy of novels by Lev Grossman that began with The Magicians in 2009, the show's been in development for nearly five years, first at Fox and then, finally, at Syfy (Disclosure: Syfy is Blastr's corporate parent - Ed.). The novels have received tremendous acclaim, Grossman's definitely behind the adaptation, and it's another chance for Syfy to get a prestigious drama under its belt. We won't see the series itself until 2016, but late last week Syfy did give us a peek with the first trailer, and it looks like fun.
In case you're not up to speed, here's Syfy's synopsis of the show:
"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."
The trailer introduces us to Quentin and Brakebills, delivers plenty of clever looks at magic and gives us a tone that's a little bit funny, a little bit sexy and very magical. The cast might seem a bit prettier than one would expect from their descriptions in the books, but, well ... it is TV, after all. The magic we see particularly stood out to me, because it seems rooted in the personality of the characters. We don't know yet how faithful the show will end up being to Grossman's novels, but at the moment The Magicians feels very much like a show that will go its own way, and I like that.
Check out the trailer below:
The Magicians arrives in 2016.
(Via The Mary Sue)