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“Magic City”: New Starz drama series debuts April 6

Melissa Hayer Published: February 22, 2012
Jeffrey Dean Morgan in "Magic City" - Starz Photo
Jeffrey Dean Morgan in "Magic City" - Starz Photo

 

“Magic City,” starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”) and Danny Huston (“Children of Men”), premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, April 6 on Starz, according to a news release.

Morgan plays Ike Evans, owner of the luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel in Miami Beach in the late 1950s, a chaotic time in Miami and abroad as racial and religious segregation are at their peak in the U.S., and 90 miles away in Cuba, Castro’s rebels are closing in on Havana.

Despite all of this, Miami is still the popular spot to be and the Miramar Playa is at its coveted center.

While the Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court here, Ike, the man with the dream, is the star, although everything comes at a price.

“Magic City” follows Evans as he comes up with ways to finance his dream, including essentially selling his soul to the devil, mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Huston).

His former showgirl wife Vera (Kurylenko) and his three children think he’s an honorable man, but he can’t renege on his arrangement with Diamond.

Other cast members in the series include Steven Strait (“City Island”), Christian Cooke (Cemetery  Junction), Jessica Marais (“Packed to the Rafters”), Yul Vazquez (“The A-Team”), Dominik Garcia-Lorido (“City Island”), Kelly Lynch (“Drugstore Cowboy”) and Elle Satine (“Just Go With It”).

The production credits for “Magic City,” provided by Starz, are as follows:

“Magic City” was created by writer and executive producer Mitch Glazer (“The Recruit,” “Scrooged”), who grew up in the glamorous, ominous world of late 1950s Miami Beach, frequenting the lobbies of iconic hotels such as the Fountainbleau, Eden Roc and Deauville. Geyer Kosinski (Changeling, The Astronaut Farmer) also executive produces the series along with co-executive producer Ed Bianchi(“Deadwood”) and Emmy Award-winning producer Dwayne Shattuck (“Mad Men”).

 

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The cast of Magic City, from left: Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kelly Lynch, Steven Strait, Christian Cooke, Taylor Blackwell, Elena Satine, Jessica Marais, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Yul Vasquez, and Danny Huston. - Starz Photo
The cast of Magic City, from left: Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kelly Lynch, Steven Strait, Christian Cooke, Taylor Blackwell, Elena Satine, Jessica Marais, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Yul Vasquez, and Danny Huston. - Starz Photo


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