The Magicians

Good news: Syfy will emphasize sci-fi


This is good news, actually. Syfy (the former Sci-Fi Channel) is planning to push its focus on ... well, sci-fi. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Plenty of people, it
seems, love sci-fi but not Syfy. Now the cable channel hopes to
change that.

Yes, magical worlds exist ... on TV and in Vancouver


This is a dandy time for fantasy fans, with their genre showing up on HBO, NBC, ABC, Fox, USA and more. But what about the Syfy Channel, which used to have the genre to itself. It has to keep getting more ambitious, with shows like "The Magicians," which starts its second season Wednesday (Jan.25); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

His world has room for blacklisting and black magic


At first glance, there's no connections between "Trumbo" -- a surprisngly vibrant tale of the 1950s -- and "The Magicians," filled with modern teen angst. Both, however, are from writer/producer John McNamara, who's gone easily from true-drama to fictional fantasy. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes