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STARZ's Magic City
Miami Beach, 1959.
As Ike Evans rings in the New Year at his luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, Havana falls to Castros rebels. Its a turbulent time in Miami, but its THE place to be. The Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court here. And Ike, hes the star of his hotel.
But everything comes at a price.
To finance his dream, he sold his soul to mob boss Ben The Butcher Diamond. Ikes wife Vera, a former showgirl, and his three kids think hes an honorable man, but he cant break his pact with the devil. His life is a façade.
In fact, nothing at the Miramar Playa is what it seems. By day, its diving clowns and cha-cha lessons. By night, escorts have secret liaisons with husbands in the family cabanas, while Miamis seedier residents and the law drift together to hear legendary singers, musicians and comics.
As Ikes world threatens to implode, he fights for his family, and the Miramar Playa, in Magic City.
Starz renews 'Magic City' for second season before it premieres
Good news for "Magic City" fans. Starz has renewed the series for a second season.
Haven't checked out the "Mad Men"-like series set in Miami Beach circa 1959? Don't worry; you're not alone. It hasn't even premiered yet.
While HBO has made it something of a tradition to renew its new series after the first episode airs, Starz chief Chris Albrecht, formerly of HBO, has one-upped his old home by greenlighting a second season before any episodes have aired.
" 'Magic City' is a beautifully written, superbly acted, and visually stunning series, and we feel the quality of the work accomplished deserves a second season," Albrecht said in a statement. It probably didn't hurt that the series has already been sold in 70 territories around the world.
The series was created by Mitch Glazer, screenwriter of "Scrooged," among other things, and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as hotelier Ike Evans, who finds himself heavily indebted to a cruel mob boss (played by Danny Huston) while still selling himself as a stand-up guy to his wife and children.
A mid-20th century family man leading a duel life? Sounds a bit like a certain New York City adman.
The show also stars Olga Kurylenko, Steven Strait, Christian Cooke, Jessica Marais, Yul Vazquez and Kelly Lynch. It premieres April 6.
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