Marcus Coloma and Selita Ebanks, South Beach
So Miami Vice
doesn't need to worry: It's still the coolest show set in South Florida ever. Well, Miami Vice
and Golden Girls
. Possibly Good Morning, Miami
. OK, just kidding on that last one. Anyway, sorry J.Lo
, but your show is pretty much beauty and the beat. It's got a kickin' soundtrack and lots of pretty, almost-nude people struttin' their stuff at the beach, at the club and on Ocean Drive, often in slow motion. However, it's just a tad light on something called substance. Two Brooklyn dudes leave their Jennies-from-the-block and head to the sunnier pastures of South Beach. One wants to track down his model ex-girlfriend. The other wants to track down girls, money and power, not necessarily in that order. And shock upon shocks, they find cool jobs on day 2 of hitting the Sunshine State. Yup, just like real life.
Don't worry, I did like some of it. I mean, the fact that it's the equivalent of a Jackie Collins novel is not something I really ever have a problem with. But as much as the show seems to be going for the younger demo, I wish they'd showcase more of the adults. Vanessa L. Williams is solid. I really want to find out more about her character's messed-up relationship with her baby-faced son, Jett Jackson (sorry, he used to play Jett on the Disney Channel). I love it that he's threatened by the fact that she dates guys his age. More power to ya, Vanessa. I also love Giancarlo Esposito. I remember when he guest-starred on Miami Vice back in the day. Now Esposito's playing the resident heavy going up against Ms. Williams. One minor quip: The accent, dude — not good. And I want to thank South Beach for giving Michael Pare a gig. Seriously. Eddie and the Cruisers? Awesome. So I, for one, was happy to see him, even though he was playing the lead guy's dad, whose gambling problem had him walking on the dark side. ("On the dark side," get it?) And did you get a load of who's gonna be on the show next week? Steven Bauer. Scarface's Steven Bauer. Very cool. In conclusion, the beachy drama is so-so, but I'm so digging the adult crowd. Yeah, I must be getting old.