Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Season 2 of Starz’ Magic City will expand the action to Havana, Cuba and Chicago, and adds to the cast Godfather veteran James Caan as the mob boss overseeing Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Show creator/writer/director Mitch Glazer calls the canvas “bigger and yet more intimate than last season.”
And at today’s TCA panel on Starz, Caan talked about why he took the role, at first joking that he was in line to take over a square on Hollywood Squares when Glazer called. More seriously, he said it was the quality of the material. But when asked whether doing another mob role after Godfather represented coming full circle in his career, Caan said: “I’m not Anthony Quinn just yet. The truth is that I care very much about what I do, I try to maintain a little bit of integrity. I had the pleasure of watching [the show] beforehand, it was just well-written, beautifully shot, and I thought it would be fun in a creative way and it was. I really didn’t have any specific reason other than that it was good.” Watch a trailer for the new season below.
Cast member Danny Huston commented on his Golden Globe nomination for supporting actor for portraying mobster Ben Diamond, saying: “I hope it will bring more attention to the show.”