Christian Cooke, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Steven Strait
Starz turns back the clock to 1959 Miami Beach in the new mob-tinged period drama Magic City. Executive producer Mitch Glazer based the show on his experiences growing
up in Miami, where he spendt time at grand hotels like the Fontainebleau (where his dad was an electrical engineer), Eden Roc and Deauville. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as Ike Evans, the owner of the Miramar Playa (based on the hotels of the era). Glazer answered our show-runner survey to tell viewers why they should make a reservation Fridays at 10/9c for Magic City.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room for just one new show on my DVR. Tell me why it should be yours.
Mitch Glazer: Great storytelling, astounding ensemble acting, cinematic visual style and cool Jews.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for your show.
Glazer: The Godfather meets Fiddler On the Roof times Fellini's Satyricon... with merkins.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: "If you like ______, you'll love my show."
Glazer: A long kiss from the right person on a warm, night beach.
TV Guide Magazine: What makes your cast the best on TV?
Glazer: They are all deep, original, well-trained, beautiful, surprising and intuitive actors — the best acting ensemble I have ever worked with.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Glazer: Cool Jews.
TV Guide Magazine: Say you were transported back to the 1950s. Which series would you be showrunner of?
Glazer: Sea Hunt.
TV Guide Magazine: What cocktail should we sip while watching Magic City?
Glazer: Cutty Sark, neat. The favorite mob drink in the Fontainebleau Hotel's Boom Boom Room in 1959.
TV Guide Magazine: Showrunner battles are all the rage these days. Pick a rival show, any show, to start a fight with.
Glazer: 60 Minutes... the bitches!
TV Guide Magazine: Let's scare the network. Tell us an idea that didn't make it out of the writers' room.
Glazer: Ike Evans decides the pressures of running a huge '50s hotel are too much and he joins the touring company of West Side Story as Riff.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you rather we forget?
Glazer: Off and Running. [1991 straight-to-video Cyndi Lauper movie also set at a Miami Beach hotel.]
TV Guide Magazine: What's the biggest difference between 1950s Miami and today? Bonus points if you work P. Diddy into your answer.
Glazer: Plastic surgery and P. Diddy's Ciroc vodka.
TV Guide Magazine: What show would you cross over with, and what would that look like?
Glazer: The obvious call is Magic City crosses over with Inside The NFL. A natural fit. It would look like cool '50s hoteliers and naked gangster's molls but moving in super slow-motion with a Warren Sapp VO. I cannot believe no one has thought of it before.
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