Nickelodeon USA has acquired the rights to The Bureau of Magical Things, a magical brand-new tween drama series from the makers of the global smash hits H2O – Just Add Water and Mako Mermaids!
Update (10/13): Nickelodeon USA have made a last minute schedule change, and will now be airing brand-new episodes of The Bureau of Magical Things weeknights at 7:00pm ET/PT on TeenNick!
Update (10/8): To celebrate the launch of The Bureau of Magical Things, Nickelodeon USA has digitally premiered the first three episodes of the brand-new series – “Magical Mishap”, “Magic in the Air” and “All the World’s a Stage” on nick.com!
Update (10/4): Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere The Bureau of Magical Things on Monday 8th October 2018 at 8:30pm ET/PT; 7:30pm C! Following launch, Nick will continue to premiere new episodes of The Bureau of Magical Things Mondays-Thursdays at 7:30pm ET/PT; 6:30pm C!
Be charmed by the fascinating world of The Bureau of Magical Things! This extraordinary original series follows the adventures of teenage girl Kyra who is magically transformed into a Tri-ling when caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy. Now being part human, part fairy and part elf, her new friends Lily (a fairy) and Imogen (an elf) introduce her to their secret world and take her to a magic school headed by Professor Maxwell. Here Kyra learns how to control her newfound magical powers and begins to lead a double life. When Kyra develops powerful unpredictable magic, and the source of her power is revealed, she becomes a valuable weapon and an unexpected threat emerges. These young guardians, humans, fairies and elves must unite to save both their worlds.
The news follows Nickelodeon Russia also recently announcing plans to debut The Bureau of Magical Things as part of the channels Autumn/Winter 2018 programming highlights! It’s currently unknown whether Nick has the global rights to the series, or just the broadcast rights for the US and Russia.
Meet the characters:
Kyra (Kimie Tsukakoshi): Kyra is a smart, confident teenager who lives with her stepfather in River City. The star member of the Dragonflies basketball team is a competitive player who never gives up. Losing her mother Michiko has made Kyra independent, self-reliant, opinionated and stubborn. She is very much her own woman – no one tells her what to do! Due to a magical accident, Kyra becomes a Tri-ling –part human, part fairy and part elf. She exhibits powers of both kinds of beings, and more mysterious powers develop as time goes on.
Lily (Mia Milnes): Lily is a quintessential storybook fairy. She’s sweet, fun and charming even when she’s telling you off. She wears her heart on her sleeve. Subtle emotions are foreign to her and she can switch from panic to calm to tears in a flash. Lily always tries to see the positive side of things. She also tries to see the good in elves, even though she thinks they are blunt and crude. Lily and fairy Ruksy are good friends. Though they are quite different – Lily is all heart while Ruksy is all head – they balance each other out, and drive each other nuts.
Imogen (Elizabeth Cullen): Imogen is an elf. She’s headstrong, spiky, calculating and career-driven. Imogen’s ambition comes from a need to prove herself to her well-to-do parents, wanting to make them proud. Imogen has a low opinion of fairies, seeing them as all talk and no action. She’d rather act than speak. The sister of Darra, Imogen is sometimes frustrated by her brother’s laid-back attitude.
Darra (Julian Cullen): Darra is a hipster elf – handsome, cool and charming. Darra knows he’s attractive and acts on it. Though he’s a rogue, he’s disarmingly honest about who he is and what he wants. Darra comes from a privileged background. He has never had to work hard but he hates how people don’t take him seriously because of his upbringing. Darra wants to prove himself within the magical world and move out from under his father’s shadow. Darra is Imogen’s brother. They enjoy verbally sparring like all siblings.
Ruksy (Rainbow Wedell): Ruksy is a fairy. She’s loyal, rational, orderly and smart. She doesn’t trust emotion and is happy to leave the mushy stuff to her friend Lily. Ruksy loves to learn, which makes her popular with Professor Maxwell. She likes to show off her knowledge and Imogen and Darra call her the ‘teacher’s pet’. Ruksy finds comfort in her wealth of knowledge and always being prepared. She finds it difficult to improvize and is a terrible liar.
Peter (Jamie Carter): Peter has been Kyra’s classmate since primary school. He’s a smart, curious comic book nerd who’s intrigued by science fiction, conspiracy theories and the mysteries of the universe. Peter is a thinker rather than a doer. Instead of breaking a door down, he’ll persuade someone to open it for him. Peter has a highly developed sense of humor and can’t help seeing the funny side, even when the situation is serious.
Professor Maxwell (Christopher Sommers): Maxwell is a Halfling – half elf and half human. The professor of the local Magic School, Maxwell engages his students with his wit and his cheeky, dry sense of humor. Maxwell also runs a bookshop in the human world and this is his haven. He loves books and has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things magic.
Orla (Melanie Zanetti): Orla is an elf. She’s bright, tough and charming with an unshakeable belief in her own cleverness. Orla works as an agent for the Department of Magical Intervention (DMI), which is responsible for containing magical outbreaks that might reveal magic to humans. In the human world, Orla is a news reporter. Here she diverts suspicion from magical outbreaks by casting doubt and ridicule upon them.
Sean (Nicholas Bell): Sean is a fairy and Lily’s father, a dedicated family man. He is also the Director of the DMI and works hard to uphold the rules of the magical world. Sean believes that integration with humans is the key to the survival of the magical world and is diligent to make himself and his family appear like normal humans.
The show also features Steve Nation as Steve.
To celebrate the launch of the networks brand-new show, Nickelodeon has launched their official The Bureau of Magical Things show page on nick.com, which currently features information about the all-new series and a magical sneak-peek from the series premiere episode, “Magical Mishap”! In the series premiere, when ordinary teenage girl Kyra is caught in a magical tug of war between Imogen, a mischievous elf, and Lily, a conscientious fairy, she discovers an extraordinary world of magic that exists in secret all around and her life changes forever!
The Bureau of Magical Things (20 x 30′) is created and executive produced by Jonathan M. Shiff via his Jonathan M. Shiff Productions Pty. Ltd production company. The series is a ZDF/ZDF Enterprises and Network Ten Pty. Ltd. co-production.
The show was filmed in Queensland in 2017, and features a Queensland cast, led by Brisbane actress Kimie Tsukakoshi (The Family Law). She is joined by siblings Elizabeth Cullen and Julian Cullen, who grew up in Cairns before moving to the Gold Coast, along with Gold Coast actors Mia Milnes, Rainbow Wedell and Jamie Carter.
Executive Producer Shiff seems to have the golden touch in picking future stars. His productions could be said to have helped launch the careers of Liam Hemsworth (Ghostbusters: Answer The Call) and Margot Robbie (The Elephant Princess), while H20 stars Phoebe Tonkin and Claire Holt moved on to US series The Vampire Diaries and its sequel The Originals; their co-star Luke Mitchell to Blindspot and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Bureau of Magical Things is supported with investment from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland. It was presold to Network Ten Australia, where it made its world debut on Eleven in July 2018, and ZDF Germany, and distributed worldwide by ZDF Enterprises. The series is supported by the Gold Coast City Council Film Attraction Program and was developed with support from Film Victoria.
Director: Evan Clarry, Grant Brown
Writers: Mark Shirrefs
Producer: Stuart Wood, Jonathan Shiff
Executive Producers: Jonathan Shiff, Julia Adams
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— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) September 22, 2018
Originally published: Friday, September 21, 2018.
Additional source: Wikipedia.
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