We can all understand the desire to spearhead another period drama. Mad Men is still so many people’s favorite show, and although Playboy Club tanked and Pan Am isn’t exactly a ratings victor, the exploration of days long past is always going to be interesting. The question for Magic City, which takes place just a year before the 60s in the crime-laden, alcohol-induced high society of 1959 Miami, is: how far beyond the general premise are you willing to extend yourself?
Mad Men‘s charm isn’t invested entirely in its 1960s backdrop. We watch the show because of Don Draper, and Roger Sterling, and Joan Harris. Magic City stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko and Danny Huston — all actors with great capability. So, we can hope that the writing will be rich enough for them to actually build characters we can get involved with.
Magic City will premiere this spring on Starz. Watch the trailer below and see what you think.