Syfy confirms we’ll be getting a sneak peek at its anticipated drama series The Magicians. The first episode of the network’s adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy book trilogy will air commercial-free at 10 PM December 16, following the final installment of miniseries Childhood’s End. The series will air regularly on Syfy at 9 PM Mondays beginning January 25. Grossman first tweeted the news.

The MagiciansThe Magicians hails from Michael London’s Groundswell Productions, Universal Cable Productions and writers John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural). It stars Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his twentysomething friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real — and poses a grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta and Summer Bishil also star.