The Magicians Renewed for Season 2
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Syfy has renewed freshman drama “The Magicians” for Season 2, the cabler announced Monday.

The show will return for 13 episodes, slated to air in 2017. Based on the bestselling series of novels from Lev Grossman, “The Magicians” hails from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.

“Thanks to an extraordinarily gifted creative team of executive producers and our partners at Universal Cable Productions, ‘The Magicians’ has become a buzzed-about hit, enchanting fans of the novels as well as attracting new and younger audiences to Syfy,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller.

The contemporary fantasy drama is currently airing Mondays at 9 p.m. on Syfy, and has debuted three episodes to date.

“The Magicians” has averaged 1.7 million viewers over its first three episodes in Live+3. Syfy also gave the series a non-linear preview online and on-demand, when it was sampled more than 6.7 million times. An on-air preview of the pilot in December also drew 1.3 million viewers in Live+7.

The series stars Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice) Hale Appleman (Eliot), Arjun Gupta (Penny) and Summer Bishil (Margo), who will return for Season 2 along with series regulars Rick Worthy (Dean Fogg) and Jade Tailor (Kady).

Syfy recently renewed its ambitious space-set drama “The Expanse” for a second season, and will premiere Season 2 of time-travel drama “12 Monkeys” on April 18. The cabler will also debut “Hunters,” from “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd, on April 11, and “Incorporated,” from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, in Fall 2016.

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