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Magic City 

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Centers on Miami mobsters and other characters from Miami Beach in the late 1950s.


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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Michael Cannestro ...
 Ben Diamond's Body Guard / ... 13 episodes, 2012-2013
 Lauren Evans 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Claudio Duarte ...
 Driver / ... 12 episodes, 2012-2013
 Ray-Ray Mathis / ... 11 episodes, 2012-2013
Ricky Waugh ...
 Barry 'Cuda' Lansman 11 episodes, 2012-2013
Alain Alvarez ...
 Miramar Hotel Lobby Bartender 9 episodes, 2012
Scott Getz ...
 Ike Evans Attorney 9 episodes, 2012
 Arthur Evans 8 episodes, 2012-2013
 'Dandy' Al Haas 8 episodes, 2012
 Senator Ned Sloat 8 episodes, 2012-2013
Nick Depalo ...
 Atlantis Bartender 8 episodes, 2012
 Front Desk 8 episodes, 2012
 Mob Wife 8 episodes, 2012
Philip Schneider ...


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 at night Miami Beach reveals a darker truth. Dopers, dealers, strippers, gangsters and those who arrest them drift together to hear the top nightclub acts perform. Just beneath the surface, racial tensions stir. Ike must deal with all of this, even while global intrigue is brewing right under his roof. Written by Starz

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2012 (USA)  »

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Bűnös Miami  »

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Did You Know?


The Tropicana Club in Cuba, is also mentioned in The Mambo Kings (1992). See more »


When Stevie is confronted by Danny on the beach, he's wearing a gold chain with a star of David. Different angles through the scene show him not wearing it. The different takes alternate between chain and no chain. See more »


Ike Evans: This will, get ugly.
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Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.57 (2012) See more »


I'm a Man
Written by Bo Diddley (uncredited)
performed by Bo Diddley
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Magic City Cancellation Extremely Disappointing
11 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

As an author of several books I can declare with absolute certainty all movies, TV shows, plays, etc., start with the writing. These venues either have good writing or they don't. The good writers are able to draw memorable characters and plots. The STARZ presentation of MAGIC CITY was a show that had the best writing on TV. The writing was consistently good. In essence the writers wrote a movie that ran about 24 hours (run over two seasons). This is nearly an impossible task, yet the writers of MAGIC CITY did so with great creative craft and skill. They maintained consistency in the storyline and the character development. The incredibly gifted actors who gave life to the written words were a compilation of some of the greatest acting on television. The acting top to bottom was great: Jeffrey Dean Morton, Danny Houston, Steven Straight, and all the rest was a dream cast. Unfortunately, television is a great wasteland. So when a great show like MAGIC CITY gets canceled the wasteland becomes even more barren. But let's get to the real point of the matter. The viewer ship for MAGIC CITY (as well as other shows like BOSS) is not down because the show(s) was not good. The viewer ship for MAGIC CITY as well as all premium cable stations is low because the cost of subscriptions is too damn high. The economic struggles of people in America are deeper than the empty talking heads of CNN, CNBC and FOX are permitted to talk about. The proof is premium channel viewer ship since 1984 is down 58%. Compounding the issue is the viewer base is going more toward shopping and music channels. Consequently, it's no wonder great written shows like MAGIC CITY are lost to poor tastes of viewers and the inability of STARZ executives to know how to grow viewer ship for a great show like MAGIC CITY. All this is very unfortunate, primarily because the executives of STARZ originally had the intelligence and good taste to allow MAGIC CITY on the channel. Is it too much to expect then that the executives have the courage to continue to air it and see the show through to its proper conclusion? On the other hand, what should I really expect from people who are, in reality, only bean counters? You show me a great show, I get drawn into a wonderfully written drama with brilliant characters, and outstanding performances and then you close down production. Why then should I invest my time, and money, in any programing STARZ offers? The decrease of premium cable viewer ship is not lost on companies such as Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate. That's why those companies eased out of their cable network projects. I know there's no changing the minds of STARZ executives; MAGIC CITY will be canceled. How terribly unfortunate for those of us who knew we were watching entertainment at it's best. And those discerning, loyal fans of MAGIC CITY are thankful that for two brief seasons we were given. We shared in the great pleasure to hear the written words of the writers of MAGIC CITY spoken by the great cast. I wish all the actors on MAGIC CITY the best success in any future endeavors. For a brief time you were my best source of entertainment on television. And to some degree you all became people I cared about. For that I am grateful. All the best. P.S. now that MAGIC CITY is canceled there's no reason for me to scribe to STARZ.

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