The slogan “Magic is a Monster” for ‘The Magicians’ Season 4 turns out to be truer than expected. Season 4 won’t premier on Syfy until tonight (Wednesday January 23, at 9pm EST), but the network has already renewed it for a fifth installment. Now that ‘Z Nation‘ has been cancelled, ‘The Magicians’ now becomes Syfy’s longest-running scripted series.
According to president of scripted at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, Bill McGoldrick:
“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.”
By “new audience,” McGoldrick means women, as this show draws the largest female audience of any of its shows.
In reaction, ‘The Magicians” creators, executive producers, and co-showrunners, Sera Gamble and John McNamara stated:
“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.”
Gamble and McNamara are conjuring up reinforcements for the fifth season, Henry Alonso Myers, who joins them as a third co-showrunner. Myers has been a producer on the series since the first episode. He may be stepping up to shoulder some of the load, as Gamble has also taken over as showrunner of the controversial Netflix series ‘You’.
In a joint statement, Gamble and McNamara said:
“Henry has been with the show since minute one of season one. 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.”
‘The Magicians’ stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Brittany Curran, and Trevor Einhorn.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter