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Those looking for a male character who's a beacon of hope, goodwill and high morals can head into theaters this weekend to catch the highly anticipated Man of Steel. Those looking for more of a dark side in their hero (or anti-hero) have only to turn on the television in the coming weeks. We looked over the Summer TV line-up and found that this year's scripted programming has a pretty fantastic selection of bad-boy characters looking primed to cause some trouble.
The summer TV season has begun, as most of the Midseason series have wrapped up and we're starting to see the networks roll out their summer offerings. Once upon a time, summer was the down season for TV, but in this day and age, cable and network television offer a nice variety of scripted and unscripted programming to fill the gap between spring and fall.
Today, Starz published brand new teasers for Magic City that, as usual, tell us nothing about the coming Season 2 episodes. Instead they use some music and a weird green coloring to show Ike—cigarette in hand, obviously—driving in his fifties convertible. If you like suits, smoking, and leather interiors, you’ll like the brand new teasers.
With Spartacus ending in just two days and some brand new Starz programming just over the horizon, it’s easy to forget that the subscription cable network actually has a pretty interesting returning series hitting the schedule in just a couple of months. Magic City, the period drama following mobster activity and the rise and maybe fall of a business owner running a posh hotel in the 1950s, will return to Starz on June 14.
Starz’s Magic City was fairly slow out of the gate, dwelling on a Miami hotel owner, his two very different sons, a thief and a love affair, and a mad mob boss. Although that sounds like a lot, the story setup in Season 1 actually took up quite a bit of time and effort, which will hopefully set audiences up for a more action-packed Season 2. By the looks of things, Ike is already under water.
Starz’s Magic City is making some changes in Season 2. The Miami-oriented period drama is expanding its horizons a little, introducing some new characters, and introducing some of the show’s characters to some new climates. You can check out the show’s new attitude and landscapes in the first full Season 2 trailer.
Magic City is a lush TV drama about the life and crimes of residents living in Miami Beach in 1959. The characters, while stock in some ways, are detailed, but it’s the lifestyle and lush look of Miami Beach that may really be the Starz drama’s biggest appeal elements. Magic City should have come together as a big critical darling for the subscription cable network, but unfortunately for the storyline, the entire package hasn’t gone quite so smoothly.
Starz’s freshman drama, Magic City, is coming to Blu-ray in a complete Season 1 set that takes a look at the walk and talk of Miami Beach in the 1950s. The gangster and high society drama hits Blu-ray on October 2nd and to celebrate, Starz and Anchor Bay are giving away three copies of Magic City. Winners will be able to sit back, relax, and prepare a nice martini before enjoying the show.
The mob-oriented drama, Magic City, is adding to its cast for Season 2, and the show will be bringing a guy with some serious onscreen mobster credentials into the fold. It doesn’t get much better than James Caan, who co-starred in The Godfather and picked up an Oscar nomination for his role as Sonny Corleone. He’ll be joined in the new season by NYPD Blue actor Esai Morales.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan may be dealing with some bad men in Magic City, but there’s plenty to the plot that the ladies can selfishly enjoy, too. One of the great aspects of shooting a show set in Miami Beach in the late 1950s is the fashion, and Starz and Anchor Bay Home Entertainment have joined together to bring us two extras highlighting the period before Magic City hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 2.
If you still happen to be waffling over purchasing the set, or just want to look into what the bonus features have to offer, Starz and Anchor Bay Entertainment have released a couple of bonus clips, highlighting some of the acting and some of the looks of the set for the drama. The first clip, called “Ike Meets with the D.A.,” a scene where Morgan’s character, Ike, has a few words with Matt Ross’s Jack (whom you may recognize from Big Love) about dead bodies found on the hotel owner’s property.
With Season 2 guaranteed, even if you missed Magic City during its initial run, it may be a period drama worth looking into when the Season 1 hits Blu-ray and DVD in a set that promises to be chock full of special features. To get us pumped, Starz and Anchor Bay Entertainment have even released a sneak peek at one of the bonus features for the upcoming set.
Between early previews and online releases, it’s getting more and more difficult to gauge the success of certain TV show premieres. The ratings are in for Starz’ new drama series Magic City, and while they look especially low, even by pay-cable standards, the premiere wasn’t exactly the first opportunity viewers got to see the series opener.
One of the things I began to notice early on during the first season of Starz’ Boss is that the drama series has a rhythm. It may move a shade or two slower than something we might find on network TV, but as the series got going, momentum began to build as we got to know the characters and watched as numerous plot lines developed. The same could be said for Magic City, which gets off to a decent start and only grows more intriguing from there.
While Starz aired an early preview of their new drama series Magic City already, the Mitch Glazer created drama makes its official debut on the pay cable network this Friday night. These clips offer a look at a few different angles of the drama, which is set in the late 50’s at a luxurious hotel in Miami.