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'Magic City' captures Miami Beach's glamorous past

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  • "Magic City," starring Kelly Lynch, Mitch Glazer, Michael Rispoli and Danny Huston, begins its second season Friday at 9 p.m. on Starz.

      "Magic City," starring Kelly Lynch, Mitch Glazer, Michael Rispoli and Danny Huston, begins its second season Friday at 9 p.m. on Starz.
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By David Fischer
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Miami Beach's resort hotels showed guests a tropical paradise when they were built in the 1950s, but beyond the sunny facade was a much more dangerous world.

The upcoming sophomore season of the Starz network's period drama "Magic City" will again follow denizens of the fictional Miramar Playa Hotel.

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Resort owner Ike Evans, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, had a seemingly perfect life that verged on collapse at the end of the first season, thanks to an ambitious state attorney, a sadistic mob boss and fallout from the Cuban Revolution.

Producers say the new eight-episode season opening Friday will pick up in 1959 where the first season left off. And James Caan, a veteran of gangster films such as "The Godfather," joins the cast as a Chicago mob boss.

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