TV tonight: Season two of ‘Magic City’ adds James Caan to the cast

James Caan brings mob credentials to season two of ‘Magic City’

Photo: Paramount/The Godfather

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2013 —Tonight season two of “Magic City” premieres at 9 p.m. on STARZ. This period drama takes place in Miami, Florida shortly after the Cuban Revolution. This brainchild of Mitch Glazer has been praised for the stylistic and accurate portrayal of Miami in the late fifties, but lacking in depth.

Since Glazer knew he was building on a second season from the beginning, we can hope this season’s storyline will help develop the show into something more than a visual feast. With the addition of James Caan as the boss from Chicago who steps in and tries to take over, there’s nowhere to go but up this season.


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Caan’s iconic portrayal of Sonny in “The Godfather,” along with several mob themed characters throughout his career will definitely help attract an audience to “Magic City.” Whether or not people will continue to watch has yet to be determined, but the stellar cast and lush setting is a good start.

Also worth noting is tonight’s episode of “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” The show features an interview with Aesha Mohammadzai, the young girl who appeared on the cover of “Time” magazine after her nose was cut off by her husband and in-laws.

Aesha’s father gave her away when she was 12 years old to settle a family dispute, in a traditional practice known as baad.  After five years of abuse, Aesha ran away but was jailed and subsequently ordered by a judge to return to her husband.

To punish her for her actions, the husband and his family tied her up and cut off her nose and parts of her ears. Left for dead, Aesha went from house to house seeking help but was repeatedly told to return to her husband. Finally, a cousin helped get her to an American military hospital. From there, she was sent to a shelter run by the New York-based organization, Women for Afghan Women.


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Since then an Afghan American family in Frederick, Md. has given her a home and a new start. Aesha also had reconstructive surgery and has become the poster child for the abuse Afghani women suffer at the hands of the Taliban. 

Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC to hear her amazing story of courage and perseverance.

8 p.m.

ABC: Shark Tank: (Repeat) A successful entrepreneur returns with a new business idea; hand-held cooler; environmentally friendly dry cleaning bag; chewing tobacco alternative.

CBS: Undercover Boss: (Repeat) Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn works undercover at his restaurants.

FOX: Bones: (Repeat) An archaeologist with a dubious reputation is murdered soon after making an important discovery.

NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) A mother vanishes, tearing apart a sister and a brother. Correspondent: Keith Morrison.

CW: Nikita: (Repeat) Michael questions Nikita’s commitment to a life beyond Division with him. Meanwhile, Amanda allies herself with mysterious partners who furnish her with a terrifying new weapon; and Alex considers an intriguing offer from the Nobel Prize winner she is defending.

9 p.m.

ABC: What Would You Do?: (New) A nanny threatens to give a child what looks like medicine to calm him; a man threatens a Middle Eastern deli clerk; a bouncer denies women entrance to a club based on their appearances; a man offers a woman work as a special companion.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (Repeat) The team investigates the murder of a prostitute who was found in the bed of a missing congressman. Elsewhere, Danny goes to court to find out if he will get partial custody of Grace.

FOX: The Following: (Repeat) Hardy and the team try to predict the actions of one of Carroll’s followers. In other events, Paul has difficulty controlling his jealousy over Emma and Jacob’s relationship; and the origin of Hardy and Carroll’s relationship is revealed.

CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) Sam and Dean investigate a possible zombie case, but are stumped when the man in question is attacked by the goddess Artemis.

STARZ: Magic City: (New) In the Season 2 premiere, Ike faces a murder rap and his family tries to raise bail money, which leads them to discover just who his silent partners are. Meanwhile, Ben is concerned that Ike will fold under pressure and offers to help.

10 p.m.

ABC: 20/20: (New) A woman decides she no longer wants to raise her three young kids, including one with Down syndrome; a man faces scrutiny for letting his 10-year-old son pursue a rap career; a mother continues to have breast enlargement surgeries; outrageous dads.

CBS: Blue Bloods: (Repeat) A detective gets abducted shortly after getting an award for his undercover work in Malaysia, so Frank has Danny search for the Malaysian drug lord who’s holding the detective hostage. Elsewhere, Henry does a ride-along with Jamie.

NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams: (New) Ann Curry interviews Aesha Mohammadzai. This Afghani girl appeared on the cover of “Time” after her husband’s family cut her nose off as a form of discipline.

Basic cable:

New episodes of: 

Bridezillas at 8 p.m. on WE

Crossing the Ice at 8 p.m. on NGC

Tanked: Unfiltered at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

WWE SmackDown at 8 p.m. on Syfy

Randy to the Rescue at 9 p.m. on TLC

Flea Market Flip at 9 p.m. on HGTV

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on Style

Breaking Magic at 9 and 9:30, 10 and 10:30 p.m. on SCI

Treehouse Masters at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

Wild West Alaska at 10 p.m. on DSC

Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Continuum at 10 p.m. on Syfy

Pregnant & Dating at 10 p.m. on WE

The Dead Files at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

How We Invented the World at 10 p.m. on SCI

Maron at 10 p.m. on IFC

I Found the Gown at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Practical Magic on ENC

Lost in Translation on FLIX

Definitely, Maybe on FXM

Magic Mike on HBO

Remember the Titans on SPIKE

American Gigolo on SUND

Dark Passage on TCM

Daylight on TMC

Law Abiding Citizen on TMC

9 p.m.

Blood Diamond on AMC

Batman on BBC

Gone in 60 Seconds on BRAVO

Pineapple Express on FX

Gone on SHO

The Hangover on TBS

Later tonight:

The Perfect Score at 9:45 p.m. on FLIX

Poltergeist at 9:50 p.m. on ENC

Red Eye at 10 p.m. on MOMAX

Slumdog Millionaire at 10 p.m. on SUND

Nightfall at 10 p.m. on TCM

Trouble With the Curve at 10:35 p.m. on HBO


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