The magic is predictably over for “Magic City.” There have been some signs about the show coming to an end over the past month or so, but now the network has confirmed it: The finale for season 2 on Friday night is going to serve as the end of the series.
We personally take this cancellation news as somewhat of a sign that Starz is still struggling, outside of their “Spartacus” franchise (also now over), to launch any sort of successful original property. “Boss” only lasted for two seasons prior to its cancellation, and now they are going to need to rely more on “Da Vinci’s Demons” (which is, to be fair, the strongest show that they have created to this point) in order to bring in subscribers and viewers until they can figure out what they want to do from there.
The cast for this series was always strong, but the writing and the overall creative direction was never quite at the level that a show in this position probably needed for it to be in order for the show to succeed in the end. It felt like it tried to be a raunchy “Mad Men” / “Boardwalk Empire” type, but fell short of being either despite flashes of brilliance.
Now, it’s back to the drawing board for both the network and the cast. We’re sure that everyone will move forward now, and we just hope that Starz continues to take risks on original properties like this. They can fail, but the successes can literally define TV viewing schedules around the country.
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