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Syfy orders 'The Magicians' to series

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There’s another beloved, New York Times-bestselling book series coming to television. Syfy announced Monday that it’s greenlighting a TV show based on Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. “The Magicians’ pilot beautifully delivers a world filled with wonder, fantasy and intrigue,” said network president Dave Howe in a statement. “We can’t wait to delve deeper into the lives of Quentin and his college friends, as they struggle with the enormity of their burgeoning powers—and unleash them upon the world.”

The series follows Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), an ingenious high school senior who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university. During the course of his magical education, Quentin and his friends realize that the fantastical stories they grew up with are more real than they thought—and pose as an imminent threat to the world. 

Grossman said in the release that he’s been waiting for this day since starting his series, which numbers three novels. “Ever since The Magicians was published I’ve wanted to see this story on screen,” he said. “The people, the school, the other worlds, the magic. I’m so thrilled that it’s finally happening, and I’m beyond thrilled that we found the right people to do it. Get ready; you’ve never seen anything like this.”

Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie), and Summer Bishil (Towelhead, Lucky 7) also star in the one-hour drama. Michael London and Janice Williams (Milk) of Groundswell Productions will executive produce. John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Mike Cahill (I Origins) directed the pilot. Production for the 12-episode first season will occur in Vancouver and begins in July.