NEW SYFY AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS DRAMA "THE MAGICIANS" PREMIERES ON MONDAY, JANUARY 25
--13 EPISODE SEASON BASED ON BEST-SELLING FANTASY TRILOGY--
Syfy and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) are excited to present the new scripted drama series, THE MAGICIANS. The series kicks off with a special two episode premiere beginning on Monday, January 25 at 9/8c on Syfy.
Starring Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice), Hale Appleman (Eliot), Arjun Gupta (Penny) and Summer Bishil (Margo), THE MAGICIANS is based on Lev Grossman's best-selling novels. The series 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 - and poses grave danger to humanity.
In the season premiere, titled "Unauthorized Magic," airing January 25 at 9/8c, Quentin Coldwater - a brilliant, but depressed college student from Brooklyn, NY - learns that magic is real when he is offered admission at Brakebills University, an exclusive graduate school for magicians. Once ensconced in school, he quickly discovers, firsthand, the darker and terrifying side of magic.
The drama continues at 10/9c, in "The Source of Magic," where the Brakebills students struggle to deal with the aftermath of a catastrophe that befalls the university. Back in Brooklyn, Julia makes her first foray into the mysterious world of Hedge Witches.
New episodes will air in the series' regular timeslot on Mondays at 9/8c.
Recurring guest stars this season include Rick Worthy as Dean Fogg, Anne Dudek as Professor Sunderland, Jade Tailor as Kady and Esme Bianco as Eliza.
Groundswell Productions' Michael London and Janice Williams (Milk) will executive produce THE MAGICIANS. John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), writers of the pilot, will serve as executive producers. Mike Cahill (I Origins) directed the pilot. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio.
Lev Grossman's "The 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.
THE MAGICIANS joins other high profile upcoming Syfy originals, including the December 2015 premieres of epic space drama THE EXPANSE, starring Thomas Jane, Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo; CHILDHOOD'S END the first-ever adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's iconic novel starring Charles Dance, Mike Vogel and Julian McMahon; the acclaimed time travel thriller 12 MONKEYS, returning for its second season in early 2016; and HUNTERS, a 13-episode thriller from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, set to premiere in 2016. CHILDHOOD'S END, 12 MONKEYS and HUNTERS are also from Universal Cable Productions.
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