Jeffrey Dean Morgan Headed To ‘Magic City’

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan to star in Magic City Jeffrey Dean Morgan Headed To Magic City

He’s played a tender heart transplant patient-turned-possible specter (or cancer-induced hallucination) and a mysterious paternal figure on the small screen before – now Jeffrey Dean Morgan is poised to travel back in time and handle the Miami crime scene circa the 1960s in Starz’ upcoming period drama, Magic City.

Morgan is on the verge of signing on for Starz’ new series, which the cable channel’s execs seem to be hoping will be their answer to HBO’s early 20th century show about illegal deeds and government corruption, Boardwalk Empire.

Magic City will revolve around Jewish-American hotel boss Ike Evans (the role Deadline says Morgan is in final negotiations to play), a man who aims to just make a living and raise his family in the world of mid-20th century Miami. That’s easier said than done as Evans has to handle an onslaught of scheming politicians, dangerous mobsters, and other less-than-respectable types who flock to the glitzy Florida town in the wake of Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba – and his subsequent shutdown of Havana as a gambling haven.

Morgan is well known for his turn on Grey’s Anatomy as Denny Duquette – a patient who left an indelible mark on Izzie’s (Katherine Heigl) life – and his part as the father to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) on Supernatural. Movie fans might also recall that Morgan (flirtatiously) sparred with Zoe Saldana in last year’s The Losers, but are more likely to recognize him from his part as the sadistic Comedian in Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian in Watchmen Jeffrey Dean Morgan Headed To Magic City

Morgan as The Comedian.

Scarface immediately jumps to mind when the words “drugs, mobsters, and Miami” are dropped in a conversation, but Magic City reads like something more akin to The Sopranos than that iconic Al Pacino vehicle. Between this show, the 300-inspired Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and Starz’ new take on the Arthur legend, Camelot, it’s clear that the cable channel is fashioning itself as a rival to HBO by offering a diverse, often gritty lineup of TV series and entertainment.

It will also be interesting to see how Magic City‘s portrayal of 1960s-era America differs from the glistening world of suave ad specialists in Mad Men and NBC’s upcoming period drama about Hugh Hefner’s infamous Chicago-based clubs, Playboy. The 60s are quite alive and well on TV, it seems.

Magic City will shoot on location in Miami and is scheduled to premiere in 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I am super excited that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has finally gotten his big break in the industry…. if the character Ike Evans his going to potray is a sociopath like the comedian the man would be able to carry the show on his shoulders. He is so talented and needs to be more exposed in the industry.

  2. Great news, JDM is fantastic!

  3. JD Morgan is sexy as hell and I’d love to see him in his on series.

  4. I’m in LOVE. I just watched Jeffery in the movie “The Accidental Husband”. I was just floored at how sexy and what a great actor he is in that movie. I’m sorry to say it’s the first time I have ever seen him in anything. I guess I must live a sheltered life because when I looked at his bio, it seems he’s been acting for many years. Boy I have my work cut out for me…now I have to play catch-up by renting the movies that he’s in. Keep up the good work Jeff and stay sexy. Honey,you sure made this old woman’s heart skip a few beats.

    • me, too! it’s my first time to watch the Accidental Husband and feel in love with instantly! Now, I’m googling/catching up to all his moviews, interviews, etc! Even joined Netflix just to catch-up! I just saw the Losers and he was great & sexy in it and the move itself is funtastic!

      • sorry, i had to correct typos:

        me, too! it’s my first time to watch the Accidental Husband and fell in love with him instantly! Now, I’m googling/catching up to all his movies, interviews, etc! Even joined Netflix just to catch-up! I just saw the Losers and he was great & sexy in it and the movie itself is fun and fantastic!

  5. Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be an asset and bring a large fan base to any series that he is a part of! Never enough of Morgan!!

  6. I just ADORE JDM. I feel in love with him as Papa Winchester on Supernatural then caught all his work on Grey’s (falling even more in love watching him play the adorable Denny Duquette). I’ve love every movie I’ve seen him in Jam, PS I Love You, The Accidental Husband, The Losers. I haven’t watched my copy of Watchmen yet but I will at some point. I would love to see him in his own series (granted I also would love to see him do a few more guest stints as Papa Winchester – when you get the 3 J’s together on screen it’s magic!)

  7. I really like Jeffery Dean Morgan’s work, but I have zero interest in watching this particular show.

    Oh, well…they can’t all be winners.

    • If you “really like” Jeffrey’s work, yes that’s how you spell it, not “Jeffery”, you might have some interest in seeing his upcoming Magic City show. No, they can’t all be winners, but this show will be. I know, because I spent the last six months working on it. Support your interest in the actor as he is dynamic in the role of hotel owner Ike Evans.