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The Bureau of Magical Things

The Bureau of Magical Things is an Australian comedy television series created by Jonathan M. Shiff and developed by Jonathan M. Shiff and Mark Shirrefs that premiered in Australia on Eleven on July 8, 2018, and in the United States on Nickelodeon on October 8, 2018. The series later moved to TeenNick in the United States on October 15, 2018. The series stars Kimie Tsukakoshi, Elizabeth Cullen, Mia Milnes, Julian Cullen, Rainbow Wedell, Jamie Carter, and Christopher Sommers.

The Bureau of Magical Things
GenreComedy
Created byJonathan M. Shiff
Developed by
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Mark Shirrefs
Starring
  • Kimie Tsukakoshi
  • Elizabeth Cullen
  • Mia Milnes
  • Julian Cullen
  • Rainbow Wedell
  • Jamie Carter
  • Christopher Sommers
Opening themeBrett Aplin
Ending themeBrett Aplin
Composer(s)Ricky Edwards & Brett Aplin
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Julia Adams
  • Nicole Keeb
  • Arne Lohmann
  • Cherrie Bottger
Producer(s)
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Stuart Wood
CinematographyAndrew Conder
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
DistributorZDF Enterprises
Release
Original networkEleven
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseJuly 8, 2018 (2018-07-08) –
present
External links
Website
Production website

PremiseEdit

The human and magic worlds co-existed in harmony, but as technology advanced, the magic world was pushed back, and fairies and other magical creatures became endangered species. Now, someone wants to change that and restore magic to its rightful place. When Kyra uncovers a threat to both the human and magic worlds, she must try to unite humans, elves, and fairies in order to save them all. Kyra and Peter must solve the mystery of who the enigmatic figure is and how they will achieve their goal. The investigation leads them to uncover secrets in both the human and magic worlds that no one could have imagined.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Kimie Tsukakoshi as Kyra, a teenage girl whose life is changed after an encounter with a magic book transforms her into a tri-ling, part-human, part-fairy, and part-elf. While wary of her new circumstances, she is learning to accept her newfound reality.
  • Elizabeth Cullen as Imogen, an elf training to become a member of the Department of Magical Intervention (DMI). While serious about her training, she does not believe in teamwork and is very wary of Kyra, though is starting to soften to her.
  • Mia Milnes as Lily, a fairy training to become a member of the DMI. She is a friendly and bubbly person, who quickly warms up to Kyra.
  • Julian Cullen as Darra, an elf training to become a member of the DMI and Imogen's brother. Unlike his sister, he is more friendly to others and not as enthusiastic in his studies.
  • Rainbow Wedell as Ruksy, a fairy training to become a member of the DMI. While friendly like Lily, she is much more serious.
  • Jamie Carter as Peter, Kyra's friend. He loves comics and is very suspicious of the magical phenomenon around.
  • Christopher Sommers as Professor Maxwell, a bookstore owner and teacher of magic for the DMI. He trains his students to master their magic powers. He is a half-ling, half-human, and half-elf. He cares greatly for his students and wants them to reach their full potential.

RecurringEdit

  • Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Kyra's best friend and fellow basketball player who doesn't know of Kyra's magical powers.
  • Steve Nation as Steve, Kyra's stepfather and local police officer, who is also unaware of Kyra's powers.
  • Melanie Zanetti as Orla, an elf who's one of the DMI's top agents and Imogen's idol who poses as a reporter. She is an old acquaintance of Maxwell's and apparently has her own agenda involving Kyra.
  • Nicholas Bell as Sean, the Director of Magic, and Lily's father.

ProductionEdit

On July 17, 2017, it was announced that a new children's series was to film in Queensland from producer Jonathan M. Shiff (H2O: Just Add Water, Mako: Island of Secrets, Thunderstone, Ocean Girl, Horace and Tina). The 20-episode series is set to film specifically in Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Arundel, with filming starting in July 2017 and ending in December 2017. Starring in the series will be Kimie Tsukakoshi, Elizabeth Cullen, Julian Cullen, Mia Milnes, Rainbow Wedell, Jamie Carter, Nicholas Bell, Christopher Sommers, Steve Nation, and Melanie Zanetti.[1] Jonathan M. Shiff serves as executive producer and producer. Julia Adams serves as executive producer. Stuart Wood serves as producer. Mark Shirrefs serves as writer. Evan Clarry and Grant Brown serve as directors.[2] The series aired in Australia on Eleven.[3] On September 22, 2018, Nickelodeon acquired the rights to the series and announced that the series would premiere in the United States on October 8, 2018.[4]

EpisodesEdit

No.Title [5][6]Directed byWritten byAustralian air date [6]U.S. air date [5]Prod.
code [5]
  • U.S. viewers
  • (millions)
1"Magical Mishaps"Grant BrownEvan ClarryJuly 8, 2018 (2018-07-08)October 8, 20181010.66[7]

Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Amy Raffe as Helen, Rumi Kikuchi as Michiko

Songs featured: "Wouldn't It Be?" performed by Kimie Tsukakoshi, "Can't Let Go", performed by Ruby Dacy
2"Magic in the Air"Grant BrownChris AnastassiadesJuly 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)October 9, 20181020.75[8]
Guest star: Steve Nation as Steve
3"All the World's a Stage"Grant BrownAlex Wyatt & Mark ShirrefsJuly 22, 2018 (2018-07-22)October 10, 20181030.62[9]

Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla

Absent: Christopher Sommers as Professor Maxwell
4"Gone to the Dogs"Grant BrownLi-Kim ChuahJuly 29, 2018 (2018-07-29)October 11, 20181040.68[10]
Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Penny Everingham as Mrs. Spencer
5"A Knight to Remember"Grant BrownAnthony MorrisAugust 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)October 15, 20181050.07[11]
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Javan Barnard as Leo, Ava Taylor as Callie, Nicholas Bell as Sean
6"The Test"Grant BrownMichelle LawAugust 12, 2018 (2018-08-12)October 16, 20181060.12[12]
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda
7"Fairy for a Day"Grant BrownSam CarrollAugust 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)October 17, 20181070.10[13]

Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Charlotte Stent as Sally, Jacy Lewis as Dawn

Absent: Jamie Carter as Peter
8"Shortcut"Grant BrownEvan ClarryAugust 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)October 18, 20181080.12[14]
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Amy Raffe as Helen
9"On the Beach"Grant BrownMark Shirrefs & Alex WyattSeptember 2, 2018 (2018-09-02)October 22, 20181090.10[15]
10"Uncharted Waters"Grant BrownChris AnastassiadesSeptember 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)October 23, 20181100.07[15]
Guest stars: Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steven Lunavich as Trevor, Nicholas Bell as Sean
11"A Fairy Tale"Evan ClarryEvan ClarrySeptember 16, 2018 (2018-09-16)October 24, 20181110.10[15]

Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, John Manning as Cedric, Sam Cotton as Silas, Cleo Massey as Sophie

Absent: Christopher Sommers as Professor Maxwell
12"Aisle 13"Evan ClarryVicki EnglundSeptember 23, 2018 (2018-09-23)October 25, 20181120.08[15]
Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve
13"Forces of Attraction"Evan ClarrySam CarrollSeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)October 29, 20181130.10[15]
Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Nicholas Bell as Sean
14"The Eye of Horus"Evan ClarryEvan ClarryOctober 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)October 30, 20181140.10[15]

Guest stars: Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Candice Flanagan as Giselle, Nicholas Bell as Sean

Absent: Jamie Carter as Peter
15"Judgment Day"Evan ClarrySam CarrollOctober 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)October 31, 20181150.03[15]
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Samantha Fitzgerald as Ella, Cameron Caulfield as Nate, Charlie Dunn as Jack, Nicholas Bell as Sean
16"Prize Day"Evan ClarryAlexa WyattOctober 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)November 1, 20181160.09[15]
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Samantha Fitzgerald as Ella, Paul Bishop as Jared, Rumi Kikuchi as Michiko, Priyanka Das as Neesha, Norma Leaver as Mrs. Crowther, Nicholas Bell as Sean
17"Accused"Evan ClarryVicki EnglundOctober 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)November 5, 20181170.09[15]
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Steven Lunavich as Trevor, Nicholas Bell as Sean
18"On the Case"Evan ClarryVicki EnglundNovember 1, 2018 (2018-11-01)November 6, 20181180.10[15]
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Nicholas Bell as Sean
19"End of the Road: Part 1"Evan ClarryMark ShirrefsNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)November 7, 20181190.08[15]
Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Paul Bishop as Jared, Nicholas Bell as Sean
20"End of the Road: Part 2"Evan ClarryVicki Englund & Mark ShirrefsNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)November 8, 20181200.10[15]
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Paul Bishop as Jared, Steven Lunavich as Trevor, Nicholas Bell as Sean

U.S. ratingsEdit

Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 20 October 8, 2018 (2018-10-08) 0.66[7] November 8, 2018 (2018-11-08) 0.10[15] 0.21

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ David Knox (17 July 2017). "The Bureau of Magical Things to Cast Its Spell on Qld". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  2. ^ "The Bureau of Magical Things – The Screen Guide". Screen Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  3. ^ "ZDF Enterprises to distribute Jonathan M Shiff's latest children's television project" (Press release). ZDF Enterprises. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  4. ^ Nickelodeon [@Nickelodeon] (22 September 2018). "A magical new show is coming to #Nickelodeon! #TheBureauOfMagicalThings premieres October 8th! ✨" (Tweet). Retrieved 23 September 2018 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ a b c "The Bureau of Magical Things Episode Listings". The Futon Critic.
  6. ^ a b "The Bureau of Magical Things Episode Guide". Zap2it.
  7. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (9 October 2018). "Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.8.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ Mitch Metcalf (10 October 2018). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.9.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  9. ^ Mitch Metcalf (11 October 2018). "Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.10.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  10. ^ Mitch Metcalf (12 October 2018). "Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.11.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  11. ^ Mitch Salem (16 October 2018). "Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.15.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on 16 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  12. ^ Mitch Salem (17 October 2018). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.16.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on 17 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  13. ^ Mitch Salem (18 October 2018). "Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.17.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on 22 October 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  14. ^ Son of the Bronx (21 December 2018). "Thursday Final Ratings: LeBron James' Lakers Debut on TNT Among Top NBA Games on Season Tip-Off Week". Programming Insider. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
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