No. of Season: 5
The Magicians was canceled by Syfy midway through its fifth season. The season 5 finale, which aired in April, served as the series finale. While Syfy didn’t give an explanation for the cancellation, executive producer John McNamara revealed that Syfy pulled the plug on the series due to financials.
“It played out kind of the way it’s played out almost every season. With the exception of season 4 into season 5, we never knew whether or not we’re going to get picked up,” McNamara said. “It was always a discussion — never really about the creative — about the financials and you always know, with any show, that there’s this kind of fine line between what it brings in and what it costs. [The show is] not going to necessarily expand in terms of revenue, it’s not necessarily going to contract in terms of revenue, but it is going to cost more.”
An adaptation of Lev Grossman’s trilogy of novels — The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land — The Magicians follows the adventure of a group of college-age students who attend a secret college for magicians after discovering that magic is real. Debuted in December 2015, it stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, and Rick Worthy, among many others.