Syfy Renews ‘The Magicians’ for Season 2

The Magicians renewed

Our studies at Brakebills will continue for another year. The cable network has just renewed The Magicians for a second season, just three episodes into its first season. Frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups,” the fantasy drama follows a group of graduate students attending the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy in upstate New York.  Read More »

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The Magicians

The new Syfy series The Magicians premiered in January. Based on the books by Lev Grossman, it tells the story of a group of young magicians at Brakebills University in New York. Our students include Quentin (Jason Ralph), Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley), Kady (Jade Tailor), Penny (Arjun Gupta), Margo (Summer Bishil), Julia (Stella Maeve) and Eliot (Hale Appleman).

At the NBC networks party for the Television Critics Association, I met The Magicians showrunner (and former Supernatural showrunner) Sera Gamble. She explained some of the rules for magic and spells we might see on future episodes of The Magicians. Find out what we learned after the jump. Read More »

The Magicians pilot

Syfy gave us an early Christmas present last month, in the form of an early broadcast of the pilot episode for its new fantasy series The Magicians. But if you missed it the first time around — or if you did catch it, but like its fantasy-obsessed protagonist are eager to dive back into a world of magic and mayhem — you’re in luck. The network has put the entire first episode online for free, several days ahead of its (second) on-air premiere.

Based on the novels by Lev GrossmanThe Magicians is sort of a grown-up Harry Potter. Quentin (Jason Ralph) is an unhappy young man at the end of his college years. He discovers that the kind of magic he’s read about in children’s fantasy novels is real, and enrolls in a magical graduate school called Brakebills. But this exciting new world isn’t exactly what he imagined. Watch the full The Magicians pilot after the jump. Read More »

the expanse season 2

Syfy‘s The Expanse is one of those shows that makes me feel guilty for cutting the cord. Sure, I’ll be able to experience this gritty space opera soon enough when it decides to hit a proper streaming service (you can watch it on Syfy’s official site right now, but it feels less than ideal), but it feels like it has the potential to be the next great science fiction show, a proper heir to the likes of Battlestar Galactica and Firefly. Not being able to be part of the weekly conversation with a show that feels so far up my alley is more than a little maddening.

At the very least, it’s good to know that there will be plenty to explore when I do ultimate dive down this particular rabbit hole. Syfy has renewed The Expanse for a second season and it will premiere sometime in early 2017.

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harrow county tv series

Superheroes may be ruling screens both big and small these days, but caped crusaders and masked avengers are playing second fiddle to the little guys at your local comic book shop. While Marvel and DC continue to churn out reliably entertaining work, it’s the niche publishers like Image, Boom!, and Dark Horse that are delivering the real goods. While some truly great independent and creator-owned comics are making their way through film and television development right now, Syfy has acquired the rights to a series that deserves your complete and undivided attention.

That series is Harrow County and it is the best horror comic books being published in 2015. If it’s half as good in 2016, it’ll still be one of the most clever and spooky and oddly charming comics I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Hit the jump for more details on the Harrow County TV series.

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van helsing

There have been two great depictions of Van Helsing on the big screen. Edward Van Sloan played him as a strong-willed doctor in 1931’s Dracula. Then over 60 years later Sir Anthony Hopkins gave a completely different performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s (Apocalypse Now) adaptation, as a wild, funny, and arguably crazy Van Helsing. When Universal attempted to turn the character into an action hero played by Hugh Jackman in 2004 with Stephen Sommer’s CG-infested monster movie, the result was disastrous. Now, the character might return, except this time around on the small screen. Playwright, writer, and director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) is working on a Van Helsing show for Syfy.

Learn more about the TV series after the jump.

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The Magicians trailer

While the Harry Potter franchise may have allowed audiences to escape into a magical world full of witches, wizards, and all sorts of magical creatures, the one thing the film was missing was an uppity New York setting — though that should be rectified with the American-set spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016.

Thankfully, SyFy’s new series The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman‘s bestselling fantasy novel of the same name (the first in a trilogy), delivers on what was lacking in the Harry Potter franchise. It tells the story of Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic.

Watch a new The Magicians trailer straight from New York Comic-Con below! Read More »

Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No

What do Sharknado, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, and Dark Knight all have in common? Well, they’re all movie trilogies. And… that’s about it. But Sharknado is nothing if not delightfully shameless, so the new Sharknado 3 teaser trailer compares itself to those iconic film series al the same.

Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back as Fin and April, who at this point should probably just resign themselves to staying indoors Sharknadoes seem to follow them wherever they go. Mark Cuban plays the president of the United States, because why not. Feast your eyes on the Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Magicians trailer

Just earlier this month, SyFy gave a greenlight for a TV series adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy The Magicians. As of now, 12 episodes have been ordered for the first season, set to premiere in 2016. And now fans of the books can get a sneak peek at what it will look like on the small screen as the first trailer for the series debuted on SyFy. Honestly, it looks surprisingly good. Watch The Magicians trailer after the jump! Read More »