Syfy picks up urban fantasy series The Magicians for second season

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Feb 8, 2016

Following a solid critical reception for The Magicians, Syfy has officially conjured up a second season of the urban fantasy series for 2017.

The network (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) announced that the series will return for a full second season of 13 episodes in 2017. The series is based on the bestselling novels from Lev Grossman and is currently airing its first season on Monday nights. The show is executive-produced by John McNamara (Aquarius), Sera Gamble (Supernatural), Henry Alonso Myers (Covert Affairs) and Groundswell Productions' Michael London and Janice Williams (Milk).

“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 show’s first three episodes averaged 1.7million viewers, 853K Adults 18-49 and 910K Adults 25-54 (based on L+3 data). The network notes the series is also strong among younger viewers, with adults 18-34 growing consecutively over each episode, averaging 180 percent above Syfy’s prime-time delivery in that demo. Across digital platforms, the series’ first episode was sampled more than 6.7 million times during its pre-linear launch.

The Magicians centers on Quentin, a brilliant grad student chosen to attend 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 when they unwittingly invite a malevolent entity from the other side into their world.

The show stars Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice), Hale Appleman (Eliot), Arjun Gupta (Penny), Summer Bishil (Margo), Rick Worthy (Dean Fogg) and Jade Tailor (Kady).

Along with The Magicians, Syfy is in the midst of a major expansion of its genre offerings. The show joined space opera The Expanse in launching this winter, and the network is prepping new series Hunters and Incorporated for 2016. The network also has 12 Monkeys, Killjoys and Dark Matter returning for second seasons later this year. Beyond that, the network has Brave New World and Krypton in development.

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