SYFY's been on a bit of a "series splurge" lately – which may be one of the reasons why news that The Magicians would be casting its final season of spells with the current fifth season – with the series finale now set for April 1. Based on Lev Grossman's bestselling novels, the series fpremiered on SYFY in January 2016, and had developed a very devoted following over the course of 4+ seasons.
In a statement, the network had this to say about the series' end:
"'The Magicians' has been a part of our Syfy family for five fantastic seasons. As we near the end of this journey, we want to thank John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers, Lev Grossman, and our entire brilliant cast, crew, writers and directors for their beautiful creation. But most of all, we thank the fans for their tremendous support and passion. Because of you, magic will be in our hearts forever."
The news comes as SYFY has shifted from pilot orders to direct-to-series orders, which include Vagrant Queen, Resident Alien, The Surrealtor, a Chucky series, and a series based on George A. Romero's Day of the Dead.
Based on the best-selling novels by Lev Grossman, "The Magicians" centers on a group of friends as they discover their magical abilities and ward off evil creatures who threaten to destroy the magical world they've come to know.
Last season, magic was saved, but at a terrible cost: the life of Quentin Coldwater, who died heroically to save his friends— and the world. Julia, Alice, Eliot, Margo, Penny and their friends (and frenemies) must learn to navigate a world without him. Now, a new threat has arisen: in freeing magic, the balance tipped the other way and there's too damn much of it, and as the excess builds, an apocalypse looms. Can the magicians get their shit together to save the world without Q?
Produced by Universal Cable Productions, SYFY's The Magicians stars Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Brittany Curran, and Trevor Einhorn. John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers, Chris Fisher, and Groundswell Productions' Michael London, and Janice Williams serve as executive producers.