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Starz Renews 'Magic City' For a Second Season Before Its First Even Airs

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire March 21, 2012 at 11:06AM

The network re-ups its new Miami Beach-set series before its premiere on April 6th.
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan in 'Magic City'
Starz Jeffrey Dean Morgan in 'Magic City'

Starz has ordered a second 10-episode season of its new period drama "Magic City" before the show's first season has even had its premiere (April 6th, 10pm).

The series is set in Miami Beach in 1959 and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike Evans, head of the Miramar Playa Hotel and a man dealing with gangsters, racial tensions, family troubles, Castro and all the other issues a no-doubt fabulously dressed fellow of his era must face.

The series is the creation of Mitch Glazer, the writer of "Scrooged" and the filmmaker behind epic Mickey Rourke/Megan Fox flop "Passion Play." Danny Huston also stars as Evans' mob boss financier and Olga Kurylenko is Evans' former-showgirl wife and mother of his three children. 

Is this show going to be the dreamy mix of "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire" to which it appears to aspire? Or is it going to be more "The Playboy Club" with cable nudity? Starz, at least, has faith in it -- 20 episodes' worth.

The network has its sword-and-sandals success "Spartacus," which wraps its current season on March 30th, and the Kelsey Grammer series "Boss" presumably isn't coming back until fall, so it could use another attention-getter for its developing original programming slate.

This article is related to: Television, Starz, Magic City, Mitch Glazer, Jeffrey Dean Morgan