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“The Magicians” To End With Season 5

I’m absolutely crushed to even be posting this news…”The Magicians” has been cancelled and will not continue after this season. I truly love this show with my whole heart and I am very saddened by the cancellation. This show means so much to me. Read an interview with executive producers Sera Gamble & John McNamara below:

If magic comes from pain, then a lot of folks are gonna be pulling hankies out of a hat today because it has just announced that The Magicians will be ending with its current fifth season, concluding with the April 1 episode.

“The Magicians has been a part of our Syfy family for five fantastic seasons. As we near the end of this journey, we want to thank John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers, Lev Grossman, and our entire brilliant cast, crew, writers and directors for their beautiful creation. But most of all, we thank the fans for their tremendous support and passion. Because of you, magic will be in our hearts forever,” the network said in a statement.

This is not the first time Magicians devotees have been dealt a crushing blow. Season 4 ended with the unexpected and emotionally triggering death of series regular Jason Ralph’s Quentin Coldwater, a character who served as a surrogate for viewers dealing with matters of mental health, fluid sexuality and fitting in. Much of this season has dealt with the grief of that loss, as the other characters — who all offer reflections of the audience — seek to make sense of his death and move on.

Thankfully, and this will likely be cold comfort for fans, the season finale was written to work as a series finale and as such, may offer a sense of closure to several storylines.

Ahead of the news breaking today, TV Insider spoke exclusively with executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara about The Magicians’ fate, why it doesn’t make sense to move it to another platform, and how they hope the show’s vibrant (and fearlessly vocal) fandom will carry on the lessons we’ve learned during our time at Brakebills University. #peachesandplumsmotherf***ers

Well this is devastating. But I understand that all good things need to come to an end. What is your plan here? How did this all play out?

John McNamara: It played out kind of the way it’s played out almost every season. With the exception of Season 4 into Season 5, we never knew whether or not we’re going to get picked up. It was always a discussion—never really about the creative—about the financials and you always know, with any show, that there’s this kind of fine line between what it brings in and what it costs.

Sera Gamble: And as the creators of the show, we understand that. We had the sense going into this season that Syfy, in particular as our first platform, was kind of hitting the point of “The cup is full and there’s no more room.”

McNamara: It’s not going to necessarily expand in terms of revenue, it’s not necessarily going to contract in terms of revenue, but it is going to cost more.

With that in mind, did you craft a season, if this was the end, that fits how you would end it?

McNamara: Yes. I would say Sera can probably speak to that more succinctly and directly than I can because she and [exec producer and co-showrunner] Henry Alonso Myers wrote the season finale. We all obviously pitched in at the story level, but my big contribution was writing the insane musical episode that comes right before the season finale.

Gamble: It’s pretty good. [Laughs]

McNamara: In a way, it was my exercise in major denial.

So you were aware of this ending by then?

McNamara: Yeah, we were aware that it was definitely not going to go forward on Syfy at that point and that we were then going to want at least try to make a run at other platforms. Continue reading “The Magicians” To End With Season 5

Olivia Taylor Dudley To Star In ‘Some of Our Stallions’ Film From Director Carson Mell

Congrats Olivia!

EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Taylor Dudley, who currently stars in the Syfy series, The Magicians, and Al Di have signed on to topline Some of Our Stallions, an indie comedy-drama from Silicon Valley producer Carson Mell, who will also co-star.

Mell, who co-wrote the Sundance film, The Long Dumb Road, will write and direct the film, which centers on two best friends struggling with mental illness while searching for the love of their lives. Underlying Tension is financing the film with production slated to commence February 2019 in Vancouver.

Brigsby Bear producer Di will also produce Some of Our Stallions along with Amber Ripley (Dreamland, Dead Shack). Executive producers are Liz Destro (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Lizzie) and Mike Judge (Silicon Valley, King of The Hill).

UTA Independent Film Group is handling sales.

UTA reps the three actors. Dudley and Mell are also repped by Rise Management.
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‘The Magicians’ Renewed for Season 4 at Syfy

Great news!! Syfy has officially renewed “The Magicians” for season 4!

“The Magicians” has been renewed for a fourth season at Syfy, the cable network announced Wednesday.

Based on the best-selling novels by Lev Grossman, the series centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they discover their magical abilities and ward off evil creatures who threaten to destroy the magical world they’ve come to know. In Season 3, which is currently airing, the group embarks on the epic quest of the seven keys to restore magic after it was turned off at the end of the second season.

The series has been Syfy’s top performing scripted original among on a Live+3 basis in adults 18-49 for the past three years. The 13-episode fourth season will premiere on Syfy in 2019.

The show stars Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Trevor Einhorn and Brittany Curran. John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher, Henry Alonso Myers serve as executive producers along with Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.

Syfy’s other current originals include “The Expanse,” “Happy!,” “Wynonna Earp,” “Van Helsing,” and “Killjoys.”

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“The Magicians” Renewed For Season 3 By Syfy

“The Magicians” has been renewed for another season! Congrats to the cast & crew of “The Magicians”!!

Ahead of next week’s Season 2 finale, Syfy has ordered a 13-episode third season of its critically acclaimed drama series The Magicians for premiere in 2018.

The series, which hails from Universal Cable Productions, has seen strong ratings growth in its sophomore run. To date, Season 2 is up year over year across all key demos (P18-49 +15%, P18-34 +23%, P25-54 +9% and +6% among P2+), and has nearly doubled its freshman run in social engagements across platforms, according to Syfy.

Based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels, The Magicians centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they are thrust into the unfamiliar world of the beautifully enchanting yet mysteriously dangerous Fillory – and places beyond – where they must draw upon their novice skills to save the existence of magic.

In addition to Ralph, the series also stars Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy and Jade Tailor. John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams executive produce.

Season 2 currently airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Syfy. This season’s finale airs Wednesday, April 19.

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KTLA5 News Interview

Olivia was on KTLA5 News today to promote “The Magicians”. Watch the interview below!


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