‘The Magicians’ Eyeballs And Severed Heads…Oh My!

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I have previously described The Magicians as Harry Potter for grownups, and that book, and subsequent movie series was not exactly for children. The Television Critic’s Association has been in full swing for over a week now, and there has been news aplenty. It’s a wonder that any of us can keep up with all the news.

Image courtesy of Syfy

Image courtesy of Syfy

During today’s round of panels, a TV critic stated to the producers and cast of The Magicians that TV has seen “eyeballs and severed heads” before, and wondered “how much horror imagery” we can expect in the first season.

I would say that’s a really good question, and the answer the executive producer gave makes me want to get the books ASAP, so I can read for myself what is funny and terrifying at the same time.

“More. The thing about Lev’s books that drew me, because I’m not a huge fantasy fan, everything truly terrifying in these books is what humans to do to each other. So we’re going to lean right into that. Hard. I find the books hilarious, and that’s one of the most fun things to adapt and play with. It’s not pastiche or camp or satire, but the books are very self-aware and extremely funny. The release of writing funny right after horror is … probably the best day job you can have.”

-Executive Producer John McNamara


The Magicians is an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy book trilogy, and the first episode was shown last month during the finale of Childhood’s End. This is the second television show I am covering where I have not read the book series that it’s adapted from, and I really need to remedy that, PRONTO! I think this show is going to be very good, and will satisfy any magical cravings you might be having, since Harry Potter finished. Although we do have the movie concerning Magical Creatures and Where To Find Them coming soon, but I digress. You can meet me back here to get my take after the episode officially airs on January 25th!


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Diane Selburg