Magic City, Starz Drama Set and Shot in Miami, Is Canceled

Categories: Film and TV

So long, Ike.
It's time to say goodbye to the Miramar Playa.

Magic City, the Starz television drama created by native Miamian Mitch Glazer, will end after its second season, the network announced yesterday. This Friday's season finale will mark its final episode.

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The series launched just over a year ago, in the spring of 2012, with plenty of buzz stemming from stars like Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Danny Houston. Billed as a hybrid of Mad Men and The Sopranos, Magic City focused on the seedy underworld beneath the operations of a flashy hotel on Miami Beach in a time of turbulent politics in South Florida.

Glazer grew up in Miami, hanging out in the same hotels where his father worked. The stories he collected there helped to inform the plot and style of Magic City. "The stories of this place stayed with me," he told New Times. "I've kept these stories [since childhood], and I've used a lot of them already."

Glazer and his team set up a filming headquarters in a former boat-building warehouse near Miami International Airport, including a lifelike replica of the Fontainebleau hotel lobby as it looked in the late 1950s. Smaller sets were constructed in other parts of the warehouse, and the series filmed on location in Miami often as well. If you saw yellow signs instructing "MC crew" on where to park around town, you knew there was a film location nearby.

Before the first season had premiered, Starz announced it had ordered a second season of the show, which many took as a sign of faith in a long-lasting tv series. It seemed to have all the essential parts of a successful premium cable drama: sex, violence, gangsters, opulent lifestyles, retro style. But Magic City failed to connect with viewers, even here in Miami. Beyond the first couple episodes, buzz around the story of Ike Evans and his struggle to keep his hotel afloat faded.

But for its few fans, Starz promised in a statement, "The season's story arc will allow us to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the series."

The series finale airs this Friday at 9 p.m.

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22 comments
hoxenberg
hoxenberg

I thought the show was great as I did about "BOSS". I think the problem is STARZ, maybe they don't have enough subsribers to make shos like Magic City and Boss successful enough to last. They were both class shows.

jameselliot
jameselliot

Cancelling Starz. I don't think this show can be saved by another network. The cast and crew have already dispersed to other jobs and the momentum of the series is already gone with the cancellation announcement.

Nancy Wang Jablon
Nancy Wang Jablon

It's a bummer because we need more shows to film down here. But plotwise it was running out of places to go. We all know Ike never opens casinos for Castro, gambling does not come to Miami, so all that's left is whether we can get rid of Ben Diamond. Stay tuned.

The Bumble Blog
The Bumble Blog

Nuuuuuuuu... Can Netflix somehow PRETTY PLEASE save Magic City? #SaveMagicCity #Netflix (Great idea, Evita!)

Roy Gonzalez
Roy Gonzalez

First boss and now this..Starz is pure shit!

Yendi Gracia
Yendi Gracia

I really tried to give it a chance but the show lacks balls

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

Peter Alexander Linares: you can watch anything for free on the internet! I don't have cable and yet I watch EVERYTHING for free, on TV

Maricela Chely
Maricela Chely

nooooooooooooooo, I can't believe it. Being a native Miami that show was right on point for that era. What is wrong with Starz...

Bianca Badia
Bianca Badia

Can't Netflix save the day and scoop it up for another season or two? PRETTY PLEASE?

Michael Mariano
Michael Mariano

The show didn't have the ratings it could have had elsewhere but another issue for movies and television filmed here in Florida is the inability of our governor and his bunch of misfits to realize that Georgia and Louisiana are getting all of the productions because of tax incentives those states are offering to film there!

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

Loved this show... Loved the oldness, the coolness, the old Florida most of us remember... Hopefully some other smart channel will pick it up..

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Hoping it gets picked up by HBO or somebody else

James Bratek
James Bratek

Would have had a better chance on HBO or a basic cable channel (USA, TNT, etc). I don't know anyone who has Starz...

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