Starz picks up ‘Magic City’ for second season before premiere episode (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Starz has not even aired the first episode of its new period drama Magic City before the premium cable network announced Tuesday that it has picked up the show for a second season.

According to Deadline, the first episode of Magic City, which tells the story of mobsters, entertainers and politicians who mingle at a Miami hotel at the time of the Cuban revolution when Fidel Castro shut down Havana’s posh casinos, will not air until April 6. However, last week, the network announced that a special preview will air on March 30, following an episode of Spartacus: Vengeance to build up buzz before the premiere. On top of that, the network will also make the first three episodes available on Starz’ website on March 31.

Starz will also make the episodes available to subscribers of the major cable companies in the US even if they are not Starz subscribers for free on the video on demand services.

Variety reports that the series stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the owner of the hotel and a family man who also has ties to the mob. Other stars include Danny Huston and Olga Kurylenko. Mitch Glazer created the series.

Magic City is a beautifully written, superbly acted, and visually stunning series, and we feel the quality of the work accomplished deserves a second season,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He added that the series has “...already been sold in more than 70 territories worldwide, and represents the kind of premium entertainment the Starz brand is seeking to create.”

Albrecht has already set a precedent for renewing series before they even start airing. Last September, he picked up the Kelsey Grammer-starring Boss for a second season.

You can watch the trailer below:



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