Magic City (TV series)

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Magic City
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Genre Period drama
Created by Mitch Glazer
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Olga Kurylenko
Steven Strait
Jessica Marais
Christian Cooke
Elena Satine
Dominik Garcia-Lorido
Taylor Blackwell
Danny Huston
Composer(s) Daniele Luppi
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Mitch Glazer
Geyer Kosinski
Lawrence Konner (co-exec)
Ed Bianchi (co-exec)
Producer(s) Dwayne Shattuck
Todd London (sup)
Tim Christenson (co-prod)
Jennifer Jackson (assoc)
Editor(s) Christopher Nelson
Location(s) Miami, Florida
Cinematography Gabriel Beristain
Camera setup Multi camera
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Media Talent Group
South Beach Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Starz
Original run March 30, 2012 (2012-03-30)  – August 9, 2013 (2013-08-09)
External links
Website

Magic City is an American drama television series created by Mitch Glazer for the Starz network.[1][2] Starz previewed the premiere episode on March 30, 2012.[3] It premiered on April 6, 2012.[4] Starz renewed the series for an eight-episode second season on March 20, 2012.[5] The series was canceled on August 5, 2013 after two seasons.[6]

Set in 1959 Miami, Florida shortly after the Cuban Revolution, Magic City tells the story of Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the owner of Miami's most glamorous hotel, the Miramar Playa. Evans is forced to make an ill-fated deal with Miami mob boss Ben Diamond (Danny Huston) to ensure the success of his glitzy establishment.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Isaac "Ike" Evans, majority owner and boss of the Miramar Playa, Miami Beach's premier resort hotel
  • Olga Kurylenko as Vera Evans, Ike's second wife, stepmother to Stevie, Danny, and Lauren Evans, convert to the Evans' Judaism, and former Havana nightclub dancer under the name "Vera Cruz"
  • Steven Strait as Steven "Stevie" Evans, Ike Evans's "bad boy" older son and the manager of the Miramar's Atlantis Lounge
  • Jessica Marais as Lily Diamond, Ben Diamond's third (trophy) wife and the secret lover of Stevie Evans
  • Christian Cooke as Daniel "Danny" Evans, Ike's straight-arrow younger son and a law school student
  • Elena Satine as Judi Silver, a prostitute who works out of the Atlantis Lounge and does occasional jobs for Ike and Stevie
  • Dominik Garcia-Lorido as Mercedes Lazaro, a Miramar housekeeper in training to be a Pan Am stewardess and Danny's love interest
  • Taylor Blackwell as Lauren Evans, Ike's teenage daughter
  • Danny Huston as Ben "The Butcher" Diamond, a Jewish-American mobster and the silent minority owner of the Miramar

Recurring[edit]

  • Yul Vazquez as Victor Lazaro, the hotel's general manager, Mercedes' father, and a first generation Cuban immigrant
  • Kelly Lynch as Meg Bannock, the big sister of Ike's late first wife Molly
  • Alex Rocco as Arthur Evans, Ike's father
  • Leland Orser as Mike Strauss, a labor union official
  • Michael Rispoli as Belvin "Bel" Jaffe, a bookie working for Ben Diamond out of the back room of the Sea Breeze Lingerie shop in the Miramar's shopping arcade
  • Bradford Tatum as "Dandy" Al Haas
  • Willa Ford as Janice Michaels
  • John Cenatiempo as Vincent Lamb
  • Michael Beasley as Grady James
  • Karen-Eileen Gordon as Florence
  • Taylor Anthony Miller as Ray-Ray Mathis, a doorman at the Miramar
  • Karen Garcia as Inez, Arthur Evans' nurse
  • Shelby Fenner as Myrnna
  • Patti Austin as Ella Fitzgerald
  • Ricky Waugh as Barry "Cuda" Lansman
  • Matt Ross as Jack Klein, State Attorney for Dade County
  • Todd Allen Durkin as Doug Feehan
  • Chad Gall as Ethan Bell
  • Garrett Kruithof as Stout
  • Gregg Weiner as Phil Weiss
  • Avi Hoffman as Sid Raskin
  • James Caan as Sy Berman, a Chicago-based mob boss
  • Rick Ross as Butterball

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 8 March 30, 2012 (2012-03-30) June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01) October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)[7] TBA December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05)[8]
2 8 June 14, 2013 (2013-06-14) August 9, 2013 (2013-08-09) TBA TBA TBA

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "The Year of the Fin" Carl Franklin Mitch Glazer March 30, 2012 (2012-03-30) 0.30[9]
It is December 31, 1958. Isaac "Ike" Evans, the owner of Miami's most glamorous hotel, the Miramar Playa, prepares to ring in the new year of 1959 with a concert performance from Frank Sinatra, but must first deal with unrest from his employees, who want to unionize and threaten to derail his plans. Evans is forced to make an ill-fated deal with Miami mob boss Ben Diamond to ensure the success of his glitzy establishment. Meanwhile, Ike's son Stevie begins a relationship with Lily, who unknown to him at the time, is the new wife of Diamond.
2 2 "Feeding Frenzy" Ed Bianchi Mitch Glazer April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13) 0.37[10]
Ike is forced to deal with the disgruntled father of Mike Strauss, who had suddenly disappeared. Meanwhile, the DA uses Danny to help him fight organized crime. Elsewhere, Stevie decides to continue his affair with Lily, despite discovering who she truly is.
3 3 "Castles Made of Sand" Ed Bianchi Mitch Glazer April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20) 0.38[11]
Ike tries to bribe government officials, in hopes of them legalizing gambling for his hotel. Ben begins to worry that his wife is sleeping around. Vera has an unexpected visitor from her past. Meanwhile, Ike is forced to ask his wealthy former sister-in-law for a big favor.
4 4 "Atonement" Simon Cellan Jones Mitch Glazer April 27, 2012 (2012-04-27) 0.39[12]
While Ike has to deal with a break in at his hotel, Vera begins planning an extravagant charity function that she hopes Jackie Kennedy will attend. Elsewhere, Victor struggles to get his wife out of Cuba.
5 5 "Suicide Blonde" Simon Cellan Jones Mitch Glazer May 4, 2012 (2012-05-04) 0.50[13]
Ike is determined to save Judi Silver from Ben Diamond. Polaroids of Stevie and Lily surface. Vera tries something new to get pregnant, Danny and Mercedes' bond grows, and Klein's search ramps up.
6 6 "The Harder They Fall" Ed Bianchi Mitch Glazer and Lawrence Konner May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11) 0.43[14]
Ike and Ben Diamond bet big on a boxing match. Jackie Kennedy cancels on Vera. Danny gets blackmail photos meant for Stevie, and Klein finds something that will change Ike's life forever.
7 7 "Who's the Horse and Who's the Rider?" Nick Gomez Mitch Glazer May 18, 2012 (2012-05-18) 0.47[15]
Danny confronts Stevie about his affair and uses the DA to uncover blackmail. Klein shows Ike damning evidence, and Meg refuses Ike's offer. Caught lying to Ben, Ike must make a deal.
8 8 "Time and Tide" Ed Bianchi Mitch Glazer June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01) 0.50[16]
Judi Silver falls into Klein's hands, while Victor and Mercedes get bad news. Lily and Stevie's affair gets more dangerous. Juggling family, Ben Diamond, and a new partner, Ike's future is uncertain.

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
9 1 "Crime and Punishment" Clark Johnson Mitch Glazer June 14, 2013 (2013-06-14) 0.50[17]
10 2 "Angels of Death" Terrence O'Hara Story by: John Mankiewicz
Teleplay by: John Mankiewicz and Mitch Glazer
June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21) 0.34[18]
11 3 "Adapt or Die" Ed Bianchi Eduardo Machado and Mitch Glazer June 28, 2013 (2013-06-28) 0.45[19]
12 4 "Crossroads" Ed Bianchi Mitch Glazer and Ted Mann July 12, 2013 (2013-07-12) 0.52[20]
13 5 "World in Changes" Simon Cellan Jones Mitch Glazer July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19) 0.34[21]
14 6 "Sitting on Top of the World" David Petrarca Mitch Glazer and Rich Cohen July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26) 0.44[22]
15 7 "... And Your Enemies Closer" Simon Cellan Jones Mitch Glazer August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02) 0.56[23]
16 8 "The Sins of the Father" David Petrarca Mitch Glazer August 9, 2013 (2013-08-09) 0.53[24]

Production[edit]

Conception[edit]

The thing that’s really cool for me about Miami Beach is you have this dichotomy between sunlight and family and happiness and innocence and then at night, darker, stranger mob conspiracy stuff sort of comes out. It seems like a storytelling engine. You can just keep writing about how those two worlds smash into each other.

— Mitch Glazer[25]

Magic City was created by Mitch Glazer, a native of Miami. Glazer wrote the series around his experiences growing up in Miami. He once worked as a cabana boy in a Miami Beach hotel and his father was an electrical engineer at the city's grand hotels in the late 1950s. He grew up listening to stories of the exploits of staff and clientele.[25][26] Many of the incidents that Glazer relates in the series "are based on stories that happened, that I saw, or older brothers and sisters or my parents told me." As a journalist, he did extensive research on what was happening in the lobbies of hotels in late 1950s and early 1960s. "There’s wiretaps—tapes they’ve made public now—where the CIA gives Sam Giancana and Johnny Roselli $300,000 and poison powder to kill [Fidel] Castro in the Boom Boom Room in the Fontainebleau Hotel," he said.[25] Included in the series, Glazer states, will be CIA activities in Cuba and Civil Rights issues. He first envisioned Magic City as a feature film, but said he quickly realized he had more stories to tell than would fit in a film.[26]

Glazer had written different versions of Magic City for years. He originally wrote and sold it to CBS, who eventually let it go to the Starz network. "CBS was really nice to me and generous in letting it go to Starz. It’s not a procedural, it’s not a franchise. It needs to be allowed to do the sexuality and violence and the things that were part of Miami Beach in the 1959," he said.[25] In 2007, president and C.E.O. of the Starz network, Chris Albrecht was fired from HBO and joined Glazer and some of his friends for a research expedition to Havana.[27] "It was an insane group," Glazer remembered. "Jimmy Caan and Robert Duvall and Benicio Del Toro." They were visiting a Havana hotel designed by the architect Morris Lapidus when Glazer remarked to Albrecht, "You know, I grew up in this kind of hotel. My father worked with Morris Lapidus on the Fontainebleu and Eden Roc as an electrical engineer." In 2009, after Albrecht became president and C.E.O. of Starz, Glazer recalled, "I sent him a script I had written years before, and he called me literally hours later and said, 'This is amazing, let's do this.'"[27]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The first season received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Metacritic calculated a score of 56/100 based on 27 reviews.[28] Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald said of the series "The sordid ugliness that festers inside Magic City's voluptuously beautiful wrappings makes irresistible television."[29] The Contra Costa Times' Chuck Barney praised the cast and visual style. He said in his review "Through the early episodes, nothing really happens that you couldn't see coming. Still, the setting is so seductive, the period details so vivid and the acting so stellar, that it's as intoxicating as a potent mojito."[30]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Danny Huston Nominated
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress Taylor Blackwell Nominated [31]

Home media[edit]

The entire Magic City series will be released by Starz and Anchor Bay in Blu-ray Disc and DVD formats on May 13, 2014.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Munzenrieder, Kyle (December 7, 2010). "Starz Orders Magic City TV Show Set in 1960s Miami Beach". Miami New Times (Village Voice Media). Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Vallejo, Stephanie (December 6, 2010). "Starz Picks Up Sixties-Era Drama Magic City". New York (New York Media Holdings). Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Shows A-Z - Magic City on Starz
  4. ^ Miami in the '50s is Starz's 'Magic City'
  5. ^ "Starz Renews 'Magic City' Ahead of Period Drama's April Premiere". Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 5, 2013). "Starz's 'Magic City' To End Run After Two Seasons; Series Finale Airs Friday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Lambert, David (July 16, 2012). "Magic City - Release Date Discovered for 'The Complete 1st Season' on DVD and Blu-ray". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Magic City: Season 1". Ezy DVD. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 9, 2012). "Starz’s ‘Magic City’ Off To Very Slow Start In Official Premiere, Boosted By Previews". Deadline. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 18, 2012). "Starz’s ‘Magic City’ Ratings Up In Week 2". Deadline. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 23, 2012). "Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Basketball, 'Friday Night Smackdown', 'Storage Wars', 'Fairly Legal' & 'In Plain Sight'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 30, 2012). "Friday Cable Ratings: NFL Draft Wins Night, 'WWE Smackdown', 'Storage Wars', 'Fairly Legal', 'In Plain Sight', 'Ultimate Fighter Live' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 7, 2012). "Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs Lead + 'WWE SmackDown', 'In Plain Sight' Finale, 'Neverland Pirates', 'Storage Wars' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 14, 2012). "Friday Cable Ratings:NBA Playoffs Win Night, 'WWE Smackdown', 'Common Law', 'Storage Wars', 'Dream Machines' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 21, 2012). "Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs + 'Sportscenter', 'Common Law', 'Fairly Legal', 'Storage Wars' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 4, 2012). "Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs, + 'SportsCenter', 'WWE Friday Night SmackDown', 'Common Law', 'Fairly Legal', 'House of Payne' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ Yanan, Travis (June 17, 2013). "Friday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Smackdown," U.S. Open Top Charts". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ Yanan, Travis (June 24, 2013). "Friday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Smackdown" Tops Demos, "Jessie" Leads Viewers". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ Yanan, Travis (July 2, 2013). "Friday's Cable Ratings: Disney Originals, "WWE Smackdown" Top Charts". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ Yanan, Travis (July 15, 2013). "Friday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Smackdown," "Treehouse Masters" Lead Demo Race". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  21. ^ Yanan, Travis (July 22, 2013). "Friday's Cable Ratings: Disney Dominates with "Teen Beach Movie," "Liv and Maddie"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  22. ^ Yanan, Travis (July 26, 2013). "Friday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Smackdown," Disney Lead Demos, Viewers". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ Yanan, Travis (August 5, 2013). "Friday's Cable Ratings: Disney Originals Top Viewers, "Gold Rush: South America" Leads Demos". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  24. ^ Yanan, Travis (August 12, 2013). "Friday's Cable Ratings: Disney Originals, "Gold Rush: South America" Lead the Pack". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b c d Villarreal, Yvonne (March 30, 2012). "Creative Minds: Mitch Glazer talks 'Magic City' and 1950s Miami". Los Angeles Times. Show Tracker. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  26. ^ a b Serjeant, Jill (April 4, 2012). "TV's 'Magic City' revels in glamour, grit of 1950s Miami". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  27. ^ a b Hogan, Michael (April 5, 2012). "'Magic City': Mitch Glazer Talks New Starz Show Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan". The Huffington Post. HuffPost TV. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Magic City - Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  29. ^ Garvin, Glenn (April 1, 2011). "Set-in-Miami ‘Magic City’ delicious, depraved". Miami Herald. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  30. ^ Barney, Chuck (April 4, 2011). "Chuck Barney: Shonda Rhimes' 'Scandal' goes inside the Beltway". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  31. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  32. ^ Lambert, David (March 17, 2014). "Magic City - Blu-ray Disc, DVD Releases for 'The Complete Series'". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 

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