Television Q&A

‘Magic City’ back for season 2 on Friday


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. What is the status of Magic City?

The second season of the period drama begins Friday on Starz. Jeffrey Dean Morgan returns as Ike Evans, operator of a plush Miami Beach hotel, and both partner and rival with mobster Ben Diamond (Danny Huston). James Caan joins the cast in Season 2 as a Chicago mobster who is also Diamond’s boss.

Q. I was wondering if the series Emily Owens, M.D., with Mamie Gummer starring in it, was canceled. I have not seen it for a while and it seemed to be taken off very abruptly.

The first season of the drama starring Gummer (who is one of Meryl Streep’s daughters) aired on The CW for 13 episodes, the last of which aired in February. There will not be a second season.

Q. The 16th season of Dancing With the Stars has been one of the best, and I have watched all 16. Do the pros pick the stars they want to dance with, or do the stars pick the pros?

“I don’t pick my partners,” DWTS veteran Mark Ballas told me. From other accounts I have read, the celebrities for the most part do not have any say, either; the show just looks for the best combination — and possible chemistry or conflict — in different pairings.

That being said, some of the pairings look as if they were prearranged. Derek Hough, who has paired with four winners on the series, generally seems to get very good partners.

Q. What can you tell me about the music for the show Doc Martin? It is so fitting.

Doc Martin, the drama about a doctor in England, gets musical help from Colin Towns, who composed the show’s theme and music for the series across its five seasons. (A sixth is reportedly in the works for airing later in 2013.)

According to his website,, the native Londoner began his musical career playing piano in jazz groups. Towns has also written music for other television shows, movies and commercials.

Q. Wondering what happened to the Gene Simmons family show, which I believe was called something like Family Jewels. I found it very entertaining.

The series ran for seven seasons on A&E, the last of which aired in 2012. Since then, Kiss star Simmons and his producing partners have made a deal with the Spike channel for Hit Men, a scripted miniseries about organized crime and the music business.

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