SYFY RENEWS FAN-FAVORITE FANTASY DRAMA 'THE MAGICIANS' FOR SEASON 5
Season 4 of the UCP Series Premieres January 23 at 9/8c
NEW YORK, NY - January 22 - SYFY today announced a Season 5 pickup of the critically acclaimed UCP drama, THE MAGICIANS, just one day before the series' 13-episode fourth season premiere. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, THE MAGICIANS centers on a group of 20-something friends from Brakebills University as they discover their magical abilities and ward off evil creatures who threaten to destroy the magical world they've come to know. Season 4 premieres on SYFY tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23 at 9/8c.
"THE MAGICIANS raised the bar at SYFY and has gained momentum season after season, attracting a new audience to the channel. We are proud of this series as it continues to break the boundaries of storytelling," said Bill McGoldrick, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
"We couldn't be happier or more excited to conjure another year of magic and all it entails - love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, sex, foul language, drugs, battling gods, monsters and the most dangerous enemies of all: other human beings. We have the best writers, producers, directors, cast and crew in the charted multiverse. Here's how strongly we believe this: anyone who tries to poach a single one of them will be cursed. And we have the voodoo dolls to do it," said executive producers and co-showrunners, John McNamara and Sera Gamble.
Henry Alonso Myers joins McNamara and Gamble as co-showrunner for the upcoming fifth season.
Said McNamara and Gamble: "Henry has been with the show since minute one of Season 1. His talent, professionalism and love of all things magical has been instrumental to our success. We couldn't be happier to see him become co-showrunner. Also, he bakes the greatest bread this side of the Hudson River."
Said Myers: "Having been a fan of Lev's books since before meeting with John and Sera, the opportunity to bring his world to life has been like a dream come true. It's rare in this business to find a combination of great material, great creative partners, and a phenomenal production team like ours. I'm not sure which particular dark magic landed me here, but I'll be sure to keep doing all of it in secret, just in case."
McNamara and Gamble add, "We want to hit pause on our usual snark and sincerely thank UCP and SYFY for their unparalleled support and guidance. This show wouldn't exist without them and if it did, wouldn't be nearly as good - or fun to do."
THE MAGICIANS Season 4 will pick up with our newly mind-wiped magicians at the mercy of The Monster, who is seeking them out for unknown reasons. Hailing from UCP, THE MAGICIANS stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Brittany Curran and Trevor Einhorn. The series is executive produced by John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher, Henry Alonso Myers, Laurie Lieser, David Reed and Groundswell Productions' Michael London and Janice Williams. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 are available on Netflix, and available to purchase on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Microsoft Store and YouTube.
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UCP is a premium content studio that operates with a highly curated indie sensibility, while simultaneously leveraging the power and scale of NBCUniversal. As fierce advocates for creators with an eclectic point of view, the UCP team develops pioneering original programming with partners such as Amazon ("Homecoming"), Netflix ("The Umbrella Academy"), Hulu ("The Act") and YouTube ("Impulse"). In addition, UCP produces high-caliber content for NBCU Cable networks, including Bravo ("Dirty John"), USA (the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-winning drama "Mr. Robot," the Golden Globe nominated "The Sinner," "The Purge" and "Suits" ) and SYFY ("Happy!," "The Magicians" and "Channel Zero"). UCP's content library also features 800 hours of award-winning and critically-acclaimed content, including the Emmy Award-winning "Monk," the Peabody and Hugo Award-winning "Battlestar Galactica" and the Emmy nominated "Psych."