The SYFY network announced a Season 5 renewal of the popular series “The Magicians” this afternoon. The confirmation came just one-day before the series’ 13-episode fourth season premiere. The show is based the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, and 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. If you need to set a reminder, Season 4 premieres on SYFY on January 23rd.
“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.
McNamara and Gamble said in a statement, “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.”
Myers added, “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.”
“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. The show 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.