Starz Entertainment will take viewers to Miami of the 1960s for its next original series project.
Premium network Starz will be home to Magic City, a new show centering on a hotel in the heart of the sensual and exciting world of Miami at the dawy of the aforementioned decade from writer/producer (The Recruit, Scrooged).
Starz Entertainment has ordered 10 episodes of the show from Media Talent Group, production of which will begin on location in the new year, with any eye toward premiering on the premium network in 2012. Media Talent CEO Geyer Kosinski (Going to California, Hope & Faith, Beyond Borders) will serve as executive producer, along with Tony To (From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers).
"Mitch has created a world populated with unforgettable characters and with a big, dynamic story," said Starz LLC president and CEO Chris Albrecht in announcing the pick-up. "The talented creative team that has come together for Magic City will ensure a show that we think audiences won't want to miss."
Magic City joins Starz's original series roster, featuring the Jan. 21 debut of the six-episode Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, starring John Hannah, Lucy Lawless and newcomer Dustin Clare as Gannicus, a prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand; the spring bow of Camelot, a retelling of the King Arthur legend, starring Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green; and later in the year Torchwood: The New World, a co-production with BBC Worldwide that stars John Barrowman and Eve Myles.
As Frank Sinatra rings in a new year in the grand ballroom of Miami Beach's most luxurious dream palace -- the Miramar Hotel -- its visionary leader, Ike Evans, must deal with the mob, his complicated family and a city in the midst of dramatic change as Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba, just 200 miles offshore. By day the hotel at the center of Magic City is all diving clown acts and cha-cha lessons by the pool, but by night Miami Beach reveals a darker truth, inhabited by dopers, dealers, strippers, gangsters and those who arrest them drift together to hear the top nightclub acts perform. Meanwhile racial tensions are stirring just beneath the surface, leaving Evans to juggle those colliding worlds.
"I was born and raised in Miami Beach, grew up in those swank hotel lobbies. I love that world and those stories," Glazer noted. "Miami in the early '60s was a tropical crossroads, America's Casablanca -- the Rat Pack, CIA, the mob, JFK and anti-Castro warriors -- all hanging out in the same Collins Avenue nightclub."