Starz renews ‘Magic City’ before preem

Cabler orders 10 more episodes of period drama set in Miami

Starz has given a second season renewal to “Magic City,” three weeks before the period drama’s premiere.

Drama set in Miami in 1959 stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a hotel magnate and family man who leads a double life and is tangled up with the mob. Starz has ordered another 10 segs of the series created and exec produced by Mitch Glazer. The series, produced in-house by Starz, will have a sneak preview on March 30 following the season finale of “Spartacus: Vengeance” prior to its official April 6 debut.

” ‘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,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “It 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 a history of giving a pre-premiere vote of confidence to new series. Last September, he gave the soph season order to Kelsey Grammer starrer “Boss” nearly a month before it bowed on the pay cabler. The early renewal can also help the production process, giving writers the jump on plotting arcs and allowing for efficiencies in production timetables.

Geyer Kosinski, Ed Bianchi and Dwayne Shattuck exec produce along with Glazer, who grew up in Miami Beach in the era depicted in the series. The feature scribe enthused that working on the show has been “the most fulfilling and complete creative experience of my life.”

Production on season two will begin later this year for 2013.

In an effort to generate as much sampling as possible for the show, Starz will make the first three segs available online via a handful of satcasters and cable operators, as well as the net’s own website, starting the day after the March 30 preview airing.

“Magic City” also stars Olga Kurylenko and Danny Huston.

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