Chalk this one up to the “loss” category in the eternal struggle of winning some versus losing some. STARZ announced today that they are ending MAGIC CITY after its second season supposedly due to its (dismally?) low ratings that have plagued the show since the onset. Since STARZ is fond of the ‘assumptive close’ with its original series, they usually auto-renew for a second season whereas they assess down the road.
I’m wondering if this practice will stop soon, as I’m sure it’s moderately expensive to produce a show destined to be lackluster in the ratings, as we have seen with BOSS and now MAGIC CITY. A combination of the second season of DA VINCI’S DEMONS along with the now two seasons of the yet-to-premiere BLACK SAILS will probably be the clincher on their strategy.
I personally enjoyed the first season of MAGIC CITY quite a bit, but was fairly underwhelmed with the second even with the addition of JAMES CAAN to the already solid cast of JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN and DANNY HOUSTON who were the primary draw to this show in the first place. The story got semi-wonky (the technical term for such things) when Ike started flying over to Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro, as the whole Cuba angle always felt slightly out of place. The show could have used a bit more mob-driven action and intrigue in my not-so-humble opinion. The upcoming episode on Friday will serve as the series finale, and it sounds like there might be some closure afforded to the series, although there are no hints as to what that might be.
I would ask if anybody is going to miss MAGIC CITY, but judging from the numbers (300-500k viewers per episode), you probably don’t watch it anyway. The first season is a good filler between now and when the fall shows hit, as long as you have nothing better to do.