I haven't done this one in a bit but it seems that at the start of 2016, we are going to have not one but two magical themed shows as both Shadowhunters and The Magicians look set to make their respective debuts on ABCFamily/Freeform and SyFy next month.
Shadowhunters is the television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare and following that the movie adaptation didn't pan out so well, I'm not entirely sure the series is destined for similar success. However for those curious, the cast as follow is Katherine McNamara as Clare Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Harry Shum, Jr. as Magnus Bane and Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway. I have to admit I am somewhat interested in how the show handles the relationship between Alec and Magnus but aside from that, I'm not sure if this will be a series I'll regularly watch though.
Then there's The Magicians. Also based on a book series from Lev Grossman and executive produced by Michael London, Janice Williams, John McNamara, and Sera Gamble, this 12 part series had a slightly better trailer for it. Characters for the show are Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwate, Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice Quinn, Stella Maeve as Julia, Hale Appleman as Elliot, Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson, Arjun Gupta as Penny, Rick Worthy as Dean Fogg and Anne Dudek as Professor Sunderland. This one might slightly appeal to an older crowd though not by much.
It'll be interesting to see which one of these magical shows can truly bewitch audiences when they debut next month.
Shadowhunters - Trailers/Spoilers: http://www.spoilertv.com/search/label/Shadowhunters
The Magicians - Trailers/Spoilers: http://www.spoilertv.com/search/label/The%20Magicians
Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 8pm on ABCFamily/Freeform from January 12th while The Magicians airs Mondays at 9pm from January 25th.