The magicians are coming back. Syfy announced today that it has renewed the fantasy television program The Magicians for a fourth season of 13 episodes, which will debut in 2019. The program is currently in the middle of season 3, which premiered on January 10.
The Magicians is based on the successful novel trilogy by Lev Grossman, which follows aspiring magician Quentin Coldwater and his friends while they attend a magical academy called Brakebills, hidden in the state of New York. They discover that Fillory, the fantasy world of a popular series of books for children, is real, and that life as magicians is not the only thing that is believed. In the second season of the series, they become the rulers of Fillory, and while dealing with hostile neighbors and a declining world, they decide that ruling a fantasy realm is not all that is believed. The third season has the group on a quest to locate seven magic keys to return the magic to the world, after which it was cut essentially at the end of season 2.
Earlier this year, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg noticed that the program had "quietly become one of the most entertaining programs on television," and used a diverse cast to address serious problems such as trauma and sexual assault. The series is often described as a more adult version of the Harry Potter books and films, mixed with the novels of C.S. Lewis on The Chronicles of Narnia. But Grossman and the showrunners have forged their own unique story. The first two seasons are currently available on Netflix in the United States.