Starz Cancels Magic City After Two Seasons


The clock has struck twelve for Magic City. Starz has canceled the period drama after two seasons, according to Deadline Hollywood. The series, which chronicled the lives of mobsters in Miami during the 1950s, will air its series finale this Friday at 9pm. 

"We are tremendously proud of the series and everyone involved," Starz said in a statement. "This was a story born from Mitch Glazer's singular vision of Miami, the Magic City of his childhood, and we are grateful to him for bringing it to life on Starz. The season's story arc will allow us to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the series, and we thank all the fans who checked in to the Miramar Playa."

Ratings for Magic City have never been stellar—and that Friday-evening time slot probably did it no favors—but it was one of the first scripted dramas Starz ordered directly to series. It was also renewed for a second season before it even premiered, much like the pay cable recently did with the upcoming pirate drama Black Sails

In related news, we think now is a perfect time for John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to return to Supernatural—fallen angels and all that. Seems like the timing is, ahem, magical.


Will you be sad to see Magic City end? 

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First Boss, which was awesome, now Magic City. Starz is a bunch of morons, it isn't the shows, it's the channel nobody wants to pay for. Guess what, I am cancelling Starz, not getting hooked on another doomed show.
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i am soooooo friggin dissapointed in starz for cancelling magic city !! why oh why ?? it was one of the best shows ever ! EVER !! starz you have no taste and you suck major ! you truely must have the worst producers who know nothing about good or great series ! theres really nothing more to watch on starz.and i am so infuriated with the cancellation that i dont need to pay for starz anymore !! i i would like to call starz every dirty name in the book right now, thats how dissapointed i am !
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This was one of the best shows I ever started watching! I can't believe that these numb nuts cancelled this show after just 2 seasons! I've watched reruns over and over again waiting for season 3. I googled magic city looking for the air date so I could set my DVR so I wouldn't miss an episode just to find out my show was CANCELLED! This sucks so bad, this was as bad as finding out there's no Santa when I was a child. The people at Stars need to bring this show back and/or HBO or Show Times should pick up the show, preferably HBO. I literally cancelled my Stars package from Direct TV minutes after finding out Magic City was cancelled. To be honest, the show was the main reason I ordered the package anyways. Way to go Stars, ANOTHER DISAPPOINTED VIEWER. The ONLY way I'd get the package again is if they'd continued the show. I can't believe I waisted paying the monthly payment for there package just to find out Magic City was cancelled. I could've saved my money and cancelled services if I would've known sooner! PLEASE someone out there PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick up this show! I would love to see where it would end up. GREAT STORY LINES, GREAT ACTORS, EVERYTHING IS GREAT ABOUT THIS SHOW! I'm hoping for the best.
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Bring it back I need to know what happens even though I would love to see Jeffery as john Winchester again
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Please bring Magic City back, the show is awesome. Give it another chance. I need to know what happened with Ben. In addition I need to look at Ike before falling asleep. :)
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I always wanted him to return to supernatural but I loved Magic city!
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One of the best shows going...why oh why? PLEASE being it back!
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Bring magic city back!! The best series on TV!!!
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STARZ has angered a lot of people...I am starting a petition to cancel STARZ! How can they cancel the best series that was ever on T.V. since GodFather.........I am through with STARZ
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Sign the petition. Maybe they'll keep it going.http://www.change.org/petitions/starz-entertainment-renew-magic-city-for-season-3
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I can't believe that Magic City got cancelled !!! It was a GREAT series ! Get real STARZ, I'm canceling my subscription, you SUCK !!!
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I just canceled Starz, this is the second time they've done this.
Bad time slots etc.
Sorry. Boss & Magic City are gone now :(
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Yes we really liked it. We would pay for movie to wrap it up
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Yes
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We are SO DISAPPOINTED. The ratings weren't good? Bogus crap. Everyone I know watched this program! Loved it and sorry to see it go!
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NO!!!!!! YOU FAGGOTS!!!!!! GAY STARZ!!! I just watched the finale I loved the episode, and it seems the story again is getting interesting, you FAGGOTS RUINED EVERYTHING!!! It was not a satisfying series finale, there is still so much to tell!! Congratulations starz, your losing alot of people, i am FU****G!! cancelling it, nothing else to watch on here. you were my favorite, now your the worst. That's why HBO will always be above you along with AMC. SCREW IT!! I HATE YOU PEOPLE.
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HBO actually owns Starz!, that's why all of Starz! Shows are second rate, they choose the best for HBO, and the rest go to Starz!
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You are mistaken - HBO does NOT own Starz. They aren't connected in any way. They are bitter rivals, along with Showtime, in a 3 way war for the premium channel customer.

The thing I don't understand about Starz is that they put their created series on Friday nights, and then cancel them when they don't have great ratings. I understand that they are trying to create their own niche on Friday nights, and don't want to compete head to head with HBO and Showtime on Sunday nights. But, Friday just isn't a good night to try and garner big ratings. There are just too many people who use Friday and Saturday nights as their days to go outside of the house for entertainment. There's a reason why bars and restaurants and jam packed on those 2 nights.

Anyway, with that said, Starz has done it again. They've created a solid series that had built a great storyline by the end of the second season, and then cancelled it without a satisfying ending. They did the same thing with Boss, which was the best series of it's kind since The Wire or Sopranos. Starz also cheated it's customers who invested their time and attention toward Camelot, which was another solid series that was just getting really good before it was cancelled without an ending.

There definitely appears to be a pattern forming, and it makes me very weary of starting to watch any of their new or upcoming series. Take DaVinci's Demons for example. I watched the 1st season and am glad that it was renewed for a 2nd season. If they cancel it after the 2nd season that will be the final straw. I'll be forced to just cancel my Starz subscription, because I can't stand a show or story without an end. It's like reading a book or watching a Bluray movie only to have the last 2 chapters erased.

Starz, you make really good series, so stop bailing on them due to poor ratings. All of the shows I've mentioned were worthy of a 3rd, 4th, and possibly even 5th and 6th season. Stop blaming the shows for the poor ratings, because that's not the problem. The problem is the Friday time slot for almost all of those shows If Boss was given a weekday, like Thursday or Monday, it would still be in production as I write this.
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I couldn't believe it - the promos kept saying season finale and then suddenly series finale. I thought this was a great show and the ONLY reason I pay for STARZ
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I hate to see it go. The story line incorporated enough concurrent history to make it believable and the spice was always nice.
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This is absolutely a man's show. Beautiful naked woman and nice cars but the story is actually not bad and there is nostalgia. It should get at least another 2 seasons. Just hope there is a proper ending. I hope those woman will get other TV jobs.
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So sad when I heard the news. Just watched the 6th and 7th episodes and so much has been set in place. I'm 18 and I've watched plenty of series so far but I got so attached to the characters and their lives and stories. This series is gorgeous from the women, architecture, cars, clothes and even the personalities of the characters, whether good or evil. So much was going on I totally agree with everyone who thought that the show should have gone at least another season. So many shows have tanked when they were on the Starz network and a lot of them like boss were great, and this is another great show set in a great and dynamic era that has ended. I'm writing to Starz in the hopes that maybe other people will do the same and maybe get our show back, I know it's been done before. It's a dream sure but I hate to see good shows like Magic city and characters like The Evans Family and Ben and Judy and Vic and mercy go down mostly because they are on a stupid station.
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It would be nice if they listened, but the actors probably have other jobs by now.
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I started a petition to save Magic City...if you really want to do something, show Starz you care, it takes less than one minute. https://www.change.org/petitions/starz-entertainment-renew-magic-city-for-season-3
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Hello Kathryn: Everyone I know is signing the petition, is there any hope here?
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Ridiculous!!! This show is incredibly good - I was just raving about it today with a co-worker!! I can't believe shows like Spartacus, True Blood and Californication keep running and something that is actually really good gets cancelled.... Ugh, very disappointed.
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Sign the petition to save Magic City https://www.change.org/petitions/starz-entertainment-renew-magic-city-for-season-3
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WHAT THE F***!!!!! IS WRONG WITH THEM. I absolutely loved this show, been watching from the beginning, so excited for season 2 finale coming Friday, and was going to be excited for season 3 next year, but no. I'm so pissed, one of my best shows gone. So long camelot, so long Spartacus, and now so long magic city. Black Sails looks gay as crap, bring back magic city!!!! Theirs just no show like that, I love the characters, the time period, the music, everything. Man I can't believe this!! Theirs nothing good on Stars no more. I hate it. Screw stars.
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Sign the petition to save Magic City https://www.change.org/petitions/starz-entertainment-renew-magic-city-for-season-3
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Sad to see it gone but at least they had the decency to make the decision early enough to end gracefully
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And yet tripe like Dexter goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.
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too bad Dexter's ending
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Good riddance to Dexter. Overstayed its welcome by many years.
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Good riddance. I don't think there's actually anything good on Starz. They seem set to destroy Black Sails too.
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NOOOO!!! I love this show.
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Starz puts out very good shows like Camelot and Boss (excellent) but they do not stick with them, I hope that Da Vinci Demons do not follow the same path and really afraid to start watching The White Queen and Black Sails later on.
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seriously ... starz should review their policy... they have no respect for us... I think I'll boycott them... they are detestable !

...Canceled boss...

...Canceled Magic city ...

I can’t believe this shit...

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https://www.change.org/petitions/starz-entertainment-renew-magic-city-for-season-3 Sign the petition to save Magic City!
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Yup. Any ideas on why Starz does this, when HBO and Showtime do not?
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Watch "The White Queen". It's very good and all the episodes are already filmed and airing on the BBC. Starz is just replaying them (ala PBS and Downton Abbey).
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Probably, but with the track record of STARZ I doubt everything and not the first time and already filmed imported show has been cancelled like The Listener that is still active in Canada and last season was stopped mid season from showing in the US.
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Very disappointed this has been cancelled, enjoyed it a lot, seems any show which actually works for a mature adult demographic gets axed (this, Vegas, Boss etc).
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Yup. Instead, we have to suffer through Dexter, which was so good early on, and is now moronic. Too bad Dexter wasn't on STARZ, it would have been canceled while it was still excellent.

I'll miss Magic City and am not young enough to watch JDM on Supernatural.
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Wife and I love both Dexter and Supernatural, but there's always a place for a show like this which takes a look at times from a different era (as with Vegas).
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"Too bad Dexter wasn't on STARZ, it would have been canceled while it was still excellent."

...Damn Right ! but showtime does care about us ... (californication, episodes, the big C ... even the Borgias (worst historical tv show ever !!))
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Yes. I know Episodes isn't a favorite, but I like it. Californication is awful, but I keep watching. At least these shows are given a chance.

Boss and Magic City had at LEAST a season or two left in them.

Money or stupidity, what do you think Baiken?
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Camelot ... Boss ... and now Magic city ..

damn... i hate Starz... why all my favorites show are getting cancelled -_-
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I don't get it - they either don't have the money that Showtime and HBO do, or they're stupid.
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Bad news. This is the story of a good show trapped at a no win time of year in a no win time slot. It was Jeffrey Dean Morgan getting the chance to play dad to Sam and Dean. (Its crazy thinking but if Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki had been playing Stevie and Danny how awesome could this show have been???) The best thing about 'Magic City' was that three of the most beautiful actresses on television called this show home. Jessica Marais (Lily Diamond), Elena Satine (Judi Silver), and Olga Kurylenko (Vera Evans) hopefully will all find gainful employment elsewhere. The look and feel of this show was fantastic - nothing really like it anywhere else on television. What other TV show are you going to find Sonny Corleone and Moe Greene? Nice bs comments from the network but the way this 2nd season was tying up it can't really get a natural conclusion as all stories were gearing up for Season 3. I think there was more story left in Miami. A third season at Starz is like the Holy Grail. The only to break the wall was 'Spartacus'. And the next up to bat to try is premiering Saturday, the same day as 'Hell of Wheels'. (Wasn't Friday good enough for them?) Very interested to see how a show with a female showrunner is going to do at Starz. The 'White Queen' looks good, wonder if it'll get a 'Should I Watch'?
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Excellent post, Whedonrules. All true. STARZ is a weasel station. Killed Boss before it got off the ground, ditto on Magic City. They HAVE to be stupid.

Lots more story left in this show, and in Boss. You're right, the women were gorgeous, and JDM was reminiscent of Robert Fuller for me (told you I wasn't young enough to watch Supernatural), gorgeous and a voice from heaven.

Hubby immediately said 'Moe Greene' (you all do know that Alex Rocco WAS Moe Greene?) when he saw Ben Diamond, and loved the cars - horrified at them smashing up a '56 Chevy, but it was a 4-door, he says, don't ask.

Ben was just too evil for me, had no humanity, it would have helped to make him more of a Tony Soprano, at least had him love family, but too late.

I loved the hotel scenery (how cute that Glazer recreated scenes from his childhood) and seeing Alex Rocco again - no, you don't remember him from The Famous Teddy Z, but I do.

Oh, and James? Get your face pulled back a LITTLE tighter, you're starting to look like Barbara Walters.

STARZ is stupid and that's that.
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'BOSS' completely fell apart for me with the end of the second season with the completely gratuitous coupling of Tom Kane's two children (played by Jonathan Groff and Hannah Ware). The fact his son knew what he was doing was with his half sister was just nasty and just a bit out of place in what othewise was a good political story. Being in Chicago was a lot of what made it so good. It was certainly a better political tale than Netflix's 'House of Cards'.
James Caan may need a little work now that he is going to be on a network comedy. It looks terrible but I'll watch just for him playing Maggie Lawson's dad cause I like em both. I know a little about him and Alex 'Mo Greene' Rocco. They both needed more time in the plot this season.
'MAGIC CITY' SERIES FINALE FRIDAY - that is going to hurt much more now.
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I always wondered - was JDM actually smoking? He's much too lovely to die from smoke cancer.

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The first season was OK, but not good enough for me to recommend it to anyone. I was thinking I might watch the second season if I get bored at the low point of the summer TV season, but I discovered that Vikings, Hannibal and Scandal were all pretty good, so I watched them instead.
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Another Starz show gets dropped after 2 seasons, I think Spartacus is the only one so far to make it to 3. I'm hoping Da Vinci's Demons will break the curse!
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The same station that canceled Boss.

What did I expect.
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I like Magic City, but I thought Boss was much better.
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After Vegas being cancelled not Magic City also gets the marching order.
Sad for me as I like this genre:/
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I'm not surprised. Nothing much is happening in the second season. It's a chore to keep watching...
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The show was alright. Nothin' to brag about.
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I'm completely behind the suggestion of a visit by daddy Winchester to Supernatural!
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Does this mean we can have Jeffrey Dean Morgan back on SPN as John Winchester? *fingers crossed* I definitely hope so since his return is way overdue.
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Oh who cares?
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People who watch SPN do. It's as simple as that.
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SPN is so far past papa Winchester it's not funny. He's dead Jim. But on SPN, who knows?
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The people who hate the idiot show Dexter.
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What does that even mean?
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No nononononono. I love(d) this show. I thought the second season was terrific. We knew how the Castro thing was going to play out, and in the first season, every move Vic made was a bad one...making it hard to believe he was smart enough to buil the Miramar Playa in the first place. But this season with the Cuban lotto fixing, using the press to go after Ben, you could believe that the first season was just bad choices not his character.
And the elevator girl was smoking hot!!!!!!!!!
And Vera. The dancing, the Jackie Kennedy fetish. The dancing. Her heartbreak over being barren. Now a revelation that she was a child bride raped by her husband. Her story was getting better and better. Maybe she adopts Dannys love child, maybe she falls for Stevie's slick lines and marijuana cigarettes. And the dancing.
I really thought this show had potential to go for a few more seasons.
And now Fridays are back to sucking for a while
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It did have the potential. It was no Sopranos but it was entertaining.

But remember, this is the same station (are they poor? are they stupid?) that canceled Boss before we even got to see him go down.

I vote for Starz being stupid.
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I liked the first season, though I never viewed it without drinking that I can recall. This season was boring IMO and felt like a cheaper and less thought out production. I couldn't find anything compelling about it.
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As a loyal viewer this doesn't surprise me at all. I think either Jeffrey-Dean Morgan's character or Danny Huston's character will die/or sentenced to long prison time in the season's finale.
No point to continue without any of them.
Still a pity because I really liked this season. A lot of things came together nicely but there will be a lot of loose ends left over, no doubt about that...
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"In related news, we think now is a perfect time for John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to return to Supernatural—fallen angels and all that. Seems like the timing is, ahem, magical." Yes, also, called it: http://www.tv.com/shows/comic-con-international/community/post/comic-con-2013-supernatural-promises-a-bombshell-that-fans-will-never-see-coming-137451908754/
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