After Three Episodes, Syfy Renews ‘The Magicians’ for Second Season


Congratulations, Lev Grossman: you’re one step closer to having even more of that sweet, sweet TV money. Syfy has announced today that The Magicians, the series adapted from Grossman’s trilogy of novels, has been renewed for a second, 13-episode season.

News of this renewal comes after only three episodes of the series have aired, but it’s not a surprise, given the built-in length of the book series, as well as the fact that show is, generally, pretty good. According to a press release, the first three episodes averaged 1.7 million viewers, though its “pre-linear launch” netted more than 6 million “samples” of the show, meaning that people probably started an on-demand episode and then stopped watching it, maybe around the time the edgy couple started levitating while performing the sacred act of making love.

But, this is good news, as the show is quality and the books have a lot to unpack. It would be a shame if the show, assuming its quality trends upward, were forced to end before the full story could be told. As it goes now, that doesn’t seem to be likely.

Watch a trailer for the show below. The Magicians airs Mondays on SYFY at 9 p.m.