Starz sets premiere date for 'Magic City,' goes exploring with 'Marco Polo'

magic-city-jeffrey-dean-morgan.jpgStarz will take viewers to 1950s Miami with its new series "Magic City" starting in April.

The show, which stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy," "Watchmen") as the owner of a hot hotel in 1959, will debut at 10 p.m. ET Friday, April 6. Morgan's Ike Evans got in bed with a mobster ( Danny Huston, "Wolverine") to build his dream hotel, and he's trying to keep control of the place.

The series also stars Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace"), Steven Strait and Kelly Lynch. Mitch Glazer ("The Recruit") created the series.

Other news from Starz:

- The cable channel has picked up yet another period drama, using the story of explorer Marco Polo as a launchpad for a "fantastical martial arts epic."

"Marco Polo" will be set in the court of Kublai Khan, where according to Polo's own account of his travels he spent several years in the 13th century. Historical accuracy might not be the No. 1 priority, however, as the show will focus more on Marco's work as the Mongolian emperor's "spy, ambassador and explorer" and his use of martial arts skills to stay alive.

John Fusco ("Young Guns," "Hidalgo") is the creator and exec produces with Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Ben Silverman.

- Starz's sister channel Encore has picked up the rights to a British miniseries based on Michael Faber's novel "The Crimson Petal and the White." The four-part miniseries, which ran in the U.K. last year, will air March 6 and 7.

It stars Romola Garai ("The Hour") as a prostitute in Victorian London named Sugar whose life becomes entangled with that of a rich businessman ( Chris O'Dowd of "Bridesmaids"). Gillian Anderson also stars.
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