Good Witch renewed for season 6; Bailee Madison leaving

Good WitchConsider this article both good news and bad news when it comes to the future of Good Witchbut let’s start things off with the good — the series is coming back for a season 6!

According to a new report from Deadline, Hallmark Channel is bringing back the Catherine Bell series — one that often is about characters finding hope and also true love. It makes perfect sense as to why the network would want to bring it back, given that Good Witch has shown itself to be one of the most-consistent shows out there. Season 6 to date is down less than 5% in the 18-49 demographic versus season 5 and is also up slightly in total viewers; these are the sort of comparables that would send an ear-to-ear grin right onto a network executive’s face.

Now, herein comes the bad news — Bailee Madison will be leaving Good Witch before the sixth season premieres. This will be a pretty dramatic change, as she’s been a part of the series from the very beginning. Yet, the news makes some sense given that the 19-year old Madison is at a different point in her life since first joining the show. She has a sizable social-media footprint with more than 2.8 million followers on Instagram and could transfer this over to some other ventures.

In a statement confirming the Good Witch renewal and also Madison’s departure, Michelle Vicary, the executive vice president of programming and publicity at Crown Media Family Networks, had the following to say:

“Once again, being the No. 1 series in cable, we are thrilled to announce a Season 6 pickup of Good Witch … Bailee Madison will always be a beloved member of the Hallmark family.”

Good Witch, even with this departure in mind, does feel like the sort of show that could still go on for many years. It has a semi-procedural structure where there are always going to be new stories to tell — also, with Bell as a lead, you’ve got someone with such a rich TV legacy because of JAG. Speaking of which, you will likely see at least one more appearance of Bell as Mac on NCIS: Los Angeles, judging from how season 10 ended.

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