We could all use a little magic right about now. This time of year I start freaking out because once Thanksgiving hits, a bunch of uncontrollable stuff begins rolling out faster and faster all the way up until the end of December and it all feels like I’m getting frakked several times over without any release. But this year we’re making our own magic by taking a pre-holiday trip — hopefully the sunshine spell will carry me through the rough stuff.
I’ve always been drawn to the idea of magic, I like to read about it, watch supernatural movies and television shows; “Bewitched,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” Harry Potter. I take my magical entertainment quite seriously, so the news that a new series is being developed by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and writer Terry Rossio was quickly picked up by my radar. The show will take place in a supernatural world where police and lawyers must deal with crimes outside the normal realm. I don’t know who decides what sort of magic is or isn’t allowed — presumably a high-powered group of wizards and witches — but it will be interesting to see how the idea plays out. The bad news is that the network developing the series is Fox, so now let’s all release a collective groan. Fox is a network that seems to be open to new ideas, yet constantly and consistently gives up on them in their prime or before they even get going (“Firefly,” “Wonderfalls,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Lone Star”).
If Fox picks up this show, tentatively titled “Magical Law,” I’m going to put out my own little magical law: Stop canceling shows before their time or I’m gonna…shall we say…put a spell on you.