Starz Cancels ‘Magic City’ Before Season 2 Finale

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Magic City Feeding Frenzy Starz Cancels Magic City Before Season 2 Finale

The Starz period drama Magic City seemed like the perfect combination of The Godfather meets Mad Men back when it initially aired in 2012, but with a steady decline in ratings, the premium network channel has decided not to opt for season 3.

This news is hardly shocking, with the show averaging around 320,000 viewers in recent episodes. The disappointment still lingers, though, as viewers must come to the realization that their favorite characters’ story-arcs might be left underdeveloped, and in some cases, never resolved at all.

In a statement released by Starz, the network said, “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.” This excerpt is troublesome, due to the fact that there are several unresolved plots still lingering in season 2 that are going to be difficult to wrap up in the finale’s final hour.

For instance, Ike’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) relationship with his sons has been in shambles for a large portion of this season. Stevie (Steven Strait) and Danny (Christian Cook) are both struggling to find acceptance in their father’s eyes. Stevie wants to be successful like his father, but Ike’s distrust of his son has tainted their relationship to the point where Stevie tried to seduce his step-mother Vera (Olga Kurylenko) in last week’s episode. Danny has always been the Michael Corleone of the family; the “good son” who struggles against his family’s darker dealings in illegal activities. Can Danny learn to balance the responsibilities of  his internship at the District Attorney’s Office and his relationship with his dad in the show’s final hour? Hopefully creator/executive producer Mitch Glazer will have a few surprises in store that allow for the series to bow out gracefully.

Michael Rispoli and Danny Huston in Magic City World in Changes Starz Cancels Magic City Before Season 2 Finale

Perhaps Mitch Glazer’s vision of a 1960s Miami-based period drama never fully came to fruition, but it did give its viewers some memorable  performances, especially by the show’s leading actors. Ike’s wife Vera, played by the lovely Olga Kurylenko was an actress who only seemed suited to wear skimpy outfits and be the damsel in distress with films like Max Payne and Hitman staining her resume. However, with Magic City, Ms. Kurylenko has proven that she possesses impressive acting abilities, as her character commands respect in every scene she shares with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. If this were the NBA, she would win the Most Improved Player of the Year award.

Magic City was never a perfect show, but it is a series that is worth watching for the strong leading performances and the beautiful Miramar Playa that made us all want to journey back to the age of Frank Sinatra while sipping a Cuba Libre. Maybe people will discover it in the archives of Netflix…


Magic City  season 2 (series) finale airs August 9 @9pm on Starz

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Low viewers they said who stays hope on Friday nite to watch tv oh I guess the people from stars who are dull and boring and no personal life great show even better cast put it on another nite you putz’s maybe more people would have tuned in I had to watch on demand guess its time to cancel STARZ

  2. Agreed that this was a really well written show. If I may add on criticism however, and this isn’t exclusive to this show by any means, there was just way too much lurid and unnecessary sexual content. The whole premise to this show was fantastic, but ruined by the attempts at making it at times lowering it to soft-core porn. Please STARZ, try to NOT do this kind of thing. It’s a big turn off.

  3. enjoy this series immensely, too bad they are canning it, but tv network executives are not well know for their wisdom. I especially enjoyed the frank, honest and realistic sex scenes.

  4. I am disappointed to learn that Magic City will not be returning. I was just thinking the show has been off for a while and it must be time for it to restart. I don’t understand the low viewer numbers. I think maybe another night and time would have increased that. Sorry to see such a great show go.

    M. Most

  5. Wow just watched both seasons on NETFLIX. Great show, great cast, great story.

  6. I am so f*****’ mad that this is canceled!. Every good show has been canceled after two seasons. UNREALISTIC expectations about what profits should be and then they cancel the show!