STAY TUNED: ‘Magic’ is in the air at Starz

BILL GREEN

On rare occasions, you hear about an idea so good, you just can’t wait to see it take shape. Among TV shows, however, even a wonderful premise rarely ends in a promising result. So I’m trying to stay grounded.

This latest concept, slated to debut in 2012, has me hoping the Mayans were wrong and the world doesn’t come to an end anytime soon.

Starz has green-lighted production on “Magic City,” a drama centering on the gritty side of Miami in the 1960s. From executive producer Mitch Glazer (“The Recruit”), “Magic City” revolves around Ike Evans, the head of the Miramar Hotel, who meets pressures from the mob, his own family, and the changes brought on by Fidel Castro taking charge of Cuba.

Game day question

Judy Gaffney writes: “On Sunday the Giants were to play the Redskins at 1 p.m. on Fox. We have Comcast. The game was not on as listed. Instead, the football teams playing were Chicago at Detroit. We were very furious. I called Comcast and was told the networks have the right to change their programs up until the last minute! This is infuriating. Can you shed any light on this issue?”

For the answer, we went to Judy Kenney, vice president and general manager at Fox 4. She explains:

“Two weeks out we get the preliminary game that we have been assigned by Fox. At that point we have the right to request a game change. If we request a game change, it goes to Fox and then on to the NFL. Usually the Monday prior to the game we find out if the game was changed or denied.”

In this case, Kenney says Fox originally scheduled the Giants game two weeks out and changed it the Monday before.

If I might add, unfortunately, many times changes that are made within a week of the game do not get updated for pre-produced newspaper TV grids, or in the Comcast guides.

Kenney says you can always check the station’s website, fox4now.com for confirmation on the game the station will be airing.

ABC follows NBC’s lead with a night of comedy

ABC is firming up its midseason plans, scheduling Matthew Perry’s new comedy “Mr. Sunshine” and Elisha Cuthbert’s sitcom “Happy Endings.”

“Sunshine” will get the network’s best comedy slot, taking over for “Cougar Town” with a “Modern Family” lead-in on Wednesdays for nine weeks starting Feb. 9.

“Cougar,” starring Perry’s “Friends” co-star Courtney Cox, will return April 13 and air through the rest of the season.

Once new Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”) drama “Off the Map” has its last airing on April 6, “Endings” and a fan favorite episode of “Modern Family” will run in the 10 p.m. hour — giving the network a three-hour comedy block on Wednesdays. You’ll recall from a previous column that NBC recently announced it will have an all-comedy night on Thursdays.

Tidbits

Actor and comedian John Henton is performing on Marco Island this weekend. He is best known for his roles as Overton Wakefield Jones on the Fox sitcom “Living Single” and as Milsap Morris on the ABC/UPN sitcom “The Hughleys.” Shows are tonight and Sunday. Visit captbriens.com for tickets or additional information.

BMW is returning to the Super Bowl after a 10-year hiatus. Most see it as a sign that the company is committed to heavily reinvesting in advertising ahead of its string of new car launches. In 2009, the automaker devoted $138 million to domestic measured media, and it’s on track to surpass that this year, having spent $83 million in the first six months of 2010 alone.

No same-sex couples on the next “Dancing With The Stars” after all: Portia de Rossi was asked to be on the next season, but she declined, her publicist told Entertainment Weekly. PopEater had reported that the hit show’s producers were keen on Ellen DeGeneres’ wife as one half of the show’s first same-sex dance couple. When she elected not to take part, the idea was reportedly shelved for the time being.

If you have a TV-related question, e-mail me at bgreen@naplesnews.com.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com.

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