Premiere of South Beach to Air January 11 and 17th 12/29/06
LEAVING THEIR TROUBLES BEHIND IN NEW YORK, TWO SHARP WORKING CLASS
BUDDIES DIVE INTO SOUTH BEACH'S GLAMOROUS, SEXY AND SOMETIMES SEEDY SCENE
AND QUICKLY GET CAUGHT UP IN THE GAMES OF THE RICH, FAMOUS AND BEAUTIFUL,
ON JANUARY 11 AND A REBROADCAST OF "SOUTH BEACH," ON A
SPECIAL NIGHT AND TIME, TUESDAY, JAN. 17 AT 8:00PM ON UPN
Miami Rap Artist Pitbull Guest Stars as a Hot Rap Star Shooting His New
Video at the Hotel and Michael Paré ("Eddie and the Cruisers")
Guest Stars as Matt's Dad
"Pilot/I'm Not Your Baby" -- Leaving their troubles in
Brooklyn behind, best friends Matt (Marcus Coloma) and Vincent (Chris
Johnson) head to Miami for adventure, hoping to find Matt's old flame,
up-and-coming fashion model Arielle (Odette Yustman). Diving into the
glamorous local scene at the Hotel Soleil's hip club Nocturnal, the
buddies surprise Arielle and her rich new boyfriend, suave club manager
Alex Bauer (Lee Thompson Young), who's ready to douse any more sparks
between his girlfriend and her ex, on a rebroadcast of SOUTH BEACH, on a
special night and time, Tuesday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00PM, ET/PT) on UPN.
Jason Ensler directed the pilot from a script by Matt Cirulnick and Greg
Cirulnick and teleplay by Matt Cirulnick and executive producer Philip
Levens. Darnell Martin directed "I'm Not Your Baby" from a
script by Philip Levens. Michael Paré guest stars as Matt's dad.
After catching the eye of Alex's mother, Hotel Soleil owner Elizabeth
Bauer (Vanessa Williams) at the club, Matt is hired to "put out
fires" at the resort, but his new security job is quickly put to the
test by a troublesome supermodel who dated Alex and the theft of a
big-time Latin rap star's (guest star Pitbull) most prized possession
during a video shoot on the premises. Later, following a stint as a
poolside sprits boy at the hotel, Vincent delves into Miami's murderous
underworld by scoring a job with shady businessman and hotel partner
Robert Fuentes (Giancarlo Esposito).
With aspirations of a better future, best friends Matt Evans and
Vincent abandon their world as they know it and head to the alluring
paradise of sandy beaches, beautiful people and hot spots in glamorous
South Beach. Vincent, willing to do anything to get ahead, uncovers the
dangerous and seedy underbelly of Miami. Matt's preoccupation with his old
girlfriend, fashion model Arielle, has him diving head first into her
thrilling new life. Knee deep into the scene, Arielle is ready to do just
about anything to make it in modeling. In fact, she's begun dating Alex
Bauer, the suave manager of Nocturnal, Miami's hippest club, located in
the magnificent Hotel Soleil, an exclusive escape for its wealthy,
beautiful and powerful clientele.
A power struggle brews as Alex contends with one of the hottest assets
to hit Ocean Drive, his mother Elizabeth Bauer, who owns the Hotel Soleil.
A sharp, stylish businesswoman,
Elizabeth is used to running her hotel on her own terms. More and more,
she finds herself at odds with her ambitious, tempestuous son, who chafes
at her tight-fisted control of the family business and disapproves of her
interest in younger men. The real challenge on the horizon though might be
from shady venture capitalist Robert Fuentes, an investor in the hotel,
who is enabling elements of Miami's underworld to wheedle their way into
the lives and souls of those working and staying at the hotel.
Surrounded by South Beach's swirl of passions and conflicts, Matt and
Vincent dive wholeheartedly into this brilliant, unfamiliar world of
money, power, sex and fashion, with only their streetwise smarts to guide
them through what's sure to be a wild, steamy adventure.
A winner of 11 Grammy Award nominations for various songs and albums,
Vanessa Williams most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed drama
"Boomtown." She has also appeared in many television movies,
such as "Stompin' at the Savoy," "The Kid Who Loved
Christmas," "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Don Quixote,"
"A Diva's Christmas Carol" and "Keep the Faith, Baby."
In addition, she executive produced and starred in "The Courage To
Love." She also lent her voice to the animated holiday special
"Santa Baby." Vanessa has many mini-series credits, including
"The Jacksons: An American Dream," for which she won an NAACP
Image Award; "Nothing Lasts Forever"; and the Emmy-nominated
"The Odyssey," which also garnered her an NAACP Image Award
nomination. In film, Williams starred in "Eraser," opposite
Arnold Schwarzenegger, and "Hoodlum," with Laurence Fishburne
and Andy Garcia, as well as "Soul Food," "Shaft" and
"Dance With Me." Most recently, she co-starred in "Johnson
Family Vacation," with Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey. She
will next be seen in the upcoming independent feature "My
Brother." On stage, Williams debuted on Broadway in a successful,
nine-month run of the musical "Kiss of the Spider Woman." She
recently starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim and
James Lapine's "Into the Woods," and earned her first Tony Award
nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
On television, Marcus Coloma appeared on "Point Pleasant,"
where he played Father Thomas. Coloma will star in the upcoming film
"Material Girls," opposite Hilary Duff. In addition to acting,
Coloma enjoys football, basketball, baseball, swimming and surfing. He is
also very musically inclined, playing guitar (acoustic and bass), piano,
saxophone, drums, as well as singing and writing songs.
Chris Johnson was last seen in a supporting role as a young agent in
"xXx: State Of The Union." Johnson also played the lead in
"Three Blind Mice" and "Daydream Believer." His other
film credits include "50 Pills," "Cursed" and
"Straight Jacket." Johnson has made many guest appearances in
several television series. Recently, he appeared in "JAG." His
other television credits include "Desperate Housewives," "NCIS"
and "Miss Match."
Lee Thompson Young was recently featured in a recurring role on
"The Guardian," though he is probably best known for his role as
Jett Jackson on "The Famous Jett Jackson," which concluded after
three seasons and a television movie. On the big screen, Young will star
in the upcoming "Akeelah And The Bee," with Laurence Fishburne
and Angela Bassett.
Previously, he starred in "Friday Night Lights," opposite
Billy Bob Thornton. On television, Young recently completed filming the
Golden Globe-nominated mini-series "Redemption: The Stan Tookie
Williams Story," starring Jamie Foxx and Lynn Whitfield. Also, he has
appeared in UPN's "Kevin Hill," "New York Undercover,"
and the television movie "Johnny Tsunami." Young began his
career at the age of 10 on stage in "A Night of Stars and
Dreams." Later, he parlayed this experience into a one-man show
entitled "Young Treasures." Young also starred in Anna Deavere
Smith's "House Arrest," at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Odette Yustman was featured in "Kindergarten Cop," opposite
Arnold Schwarzenegger, and "Dear God," with Greg Kinnear. On
television, she appeared in Danielle Steel's "Remembrance."
Giancarlo Esposito will star in the upcoming movies "Last
Holiday," with Queen Latifah and LL Cool J, as well as
"Derailed," starring Jennifer Aniston. Previously, he starred in
"Ali," with Will Smith and Jamie Foxx. On television, Esposito
recently completed filming the mini-series "5 Days Still
Midnight." He also appeared as a series regular in "The
Street" and "Homicide: Life on The Street." Aside from
television and film, Esposito has many Broadway theater credits, including
"Sacrilege," "Don't Get God Started," and
"Merrily We Roll Along." He has also won two Obie Awards for his
off-Broadway performances in "Distant Fires," "Zooman"
and "The Sign."
Tony Krantz ("24"), Jennifer Lopez
("Monster-in-Law"), Simon Fields ("Shall We Dance?")
and Philip Levens ("Smallville") are Executive Producers. SOUTH
BEACH is a production of Flame Television and Nuyorican Productions, in
association with Paramount Network Television.