Tis the season for networks to greenlight and cast the scripts they want to go to pilot and normally the scripts that don't make it to the pilot stage vanish unmentioned into the ether.
That's not the case with "The Magicians," an adaptation of Lev Grossman's magical bestseller -- "Harry Potter for Grown-Ups" is the most common plot reduction -- which was set up at FOX.
On Thursday, Grossman took to his personal website/blog
to tell fans that FOX had decided not to greenlight a "Magicians" pilot.
"This is a hard post to write. I’m really, really disappointed," Grossman wrote. "I also feel bad that I got everybody excited about the project, only to have it immediately fail. I promise you — and I can’t stress this enough — I wouldn’t have done that unless I had some very good reasons to think that the show would in fact be greenlit. In fact I’m pretty stunned that it wasn’t."
Grossman had no real explanation for why the pilot didn't go forward, so he speculated.
"It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that it has something to do with Terra Nova not doing as well as Fox hoped, so they weren’t anxious to go for another high-profile, high-concept, expensive genre show," he wrote.
Grossman also noted that "Magicians" could still find a cable home or it could be reimagined as a feature film. So stay tuned.