Just ahead of its Season 4 premiere on Wednesday, SyFy has renewed The Magicians for fifth season.
Based on Lev Grossman's best-selling books, The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his group of somewhat misfit and often quirky friends from the magical academy, Brakebills University, hidden in upstate New York. In the first season the group discovers that the fantasy world featured in a popular children's book series, Fillory, is real while in the second season, they become Fillory's kings and queens, rapidly discovering that ruling a fantasy kingdom is no fantasy -- and the season ends with magic being shut off. Season 3 saw the group embark on an epic quest to obtain the seven keys needed to restore magic to the world and while they were successful, it didn't exactly go as planned. Season 3 closed with the revelation that the Librarians had taken control of magic, doling it out as they see fit, while Quentin and his friends have been mind-wiped and have no memories of their previous lives or selves.
There's also the matter of a mysterious entity known as The Monster who has taken possession of Elliot (Hale Appleman) complicating things. Whatever those complications end up being, fans will certainly be excited to know that there are more adventures to be had going forward as the show "raised the bar at SyFy."
"The Magicians raised the bar at SyFy and has gained momentum season after season, attracting a new audience to the channel," Bill McGoldrick, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment told Deadline. "We are proud of this series as it continues to break the boundaries of storytelling."
In addition to the series getting a fifth season, Henry Alonso Myers, who has been an executive producer for the series since Season 1, will be joining John McNamara and Sera Gamble as co-showrunner.
"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," McNamara and Gamble joked.
The series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Brittany Curran and Trevor Einhorn. McNamara, Gamble, Chris Fisher, Myers, Laurie Lieser, David Reed and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams executive produce.
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The Magicians airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on SyFy. The Season 4 premiere debuts January 23rd.