Friday TV: ‘Magic City’ Sneak

It doesn’t officially premiere until Sunday, but first full episode of the new series “Magic City” (Starz, midnight) gets a sneak preview tonight after “Spartacus: Vengeance” (Starz, 10 p.m.).

“Magic City,” from writer Mitch Glazer (“Scrooged”), stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the owner of a hotel in Miami Beach, with action beginning on New Year’s Eve 1958.

That makes for some period costumes and design, but in a seemingly more natural way than “Pan Am” or the much more formal “Mad Men.” But it’s got considerable more pizzazz than, say, the old NBC series “Las Vegas,” which it also resembles.

As action begins, unions threaten to ruin the holiday night performance by Frank Sinatra (who remains unseen), and Morgan’s character has to deal with a ruthless mob boss to fix the problem.

Two Billy Wilder films, “The Seven Year Itch” (TCM, 8 p.m.) and “The Lost Weekend” (TCM, 10 p.m.) before the 2006 documentary “Billy Wilder Speaks” (TCM, midnight).

Later it’s a couple of headbanging movies, “Stunt Rock” (TCM, 2 a.m.) and the animated “Heavy Metal” (TCM,  3:45 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Tyra Banks, Mark Consuelos. The View: Ricky Gervais (rerun). The Talk: Reba McEntire. Ellen DeGeneres: Steven Tyler, Timothy Olyphant, Chris Young (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Megan Mullally, Band of Skulls. Jay Leno: Nicole Richie, Alan Jackson. Jimmy Kimmel: Jonah Hill, Busy Philipps, the Crystal Method with Martha Reeves (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Artie Lange, Greta Gerwig, Ed Sheeran. Craig Ferguson: Sean Hayes, John Hodgman (rerun). Carson Daly: Max Greenfield, Golden Road Brewing, Laura Marling (rerun). Chelsea Handler: Adrien Brody, Ross Mathews, April Richardson, Lavell Crawford (rerun).

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