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|Created by||Matt Cirulnick|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||January 11 -|
February 22, 2006
South Beach was an American drama series that ran on UPN from January 11 to February 22, 2006. Created by Matt Cirulnick, one of its executive producers was singer/actress Jennifer Lopez. The program was panned by critics and shunned by viewers, finishing 152nd in the Nielsen TV ratings rankings for the 2005-06 season. It was canceled after eight first-run episodes. South Beach was produced by Paramount Television.
Vincent and Matt are two friends from Brooklyn who decide to move to glamorous South Beach in order to seek out better opportunities. Vincent has aims of meeting with beautiful women and getting ahead by any means necessary, while Matt supposedly only wants to make enough money to go back to university, since his dad blew his college fund. However, as it turns out, Matt has other reasons for going to South Beach as well.
Several years previous, Matt was dating Arielle. However, he broke up with her so as to not interfere with her dreams of being a superstar fashion model and pushed her to Miami. There, Arielle met and fell in love with Alex Bauer, the young manager of Nocturnal, South Beach's hottest nightclub. Nocturnal, in turn, is located inside the glitzy Hotel Soleil, where models, celebrities, and other members of the rich and famous regularly spend their sojourns at South Beach. The Hotel Soleil is owned by Alex's mother Elizabeth, a shrewd businesswoman who believes her son is weak and does not have a head for business. On top of that, Elizabeth seems to have a penchant for dating younger men that are her son's age.
Matt's arrival in South Beach caused friction with Alex, who was jealous of his previous relationship with Arielle. Elizabeth didn't help things when she gave Matt a job at the Hotel Soleil (thus ensuring that he and Arielle would be seeing a lot of each other) and evidently also had an eye for him as well. Things culminated in a fight between Alex and Matt at Nocturnal; however, Alex ultimately apologized to Arielle about the fight, and Matt agreed to respect Alex and Arielle's relationship.
Vincent, meanwhile, originally took a job at the Hotel Soleil as a "spray boy" for female guests who were tanning poolside. However, he soon fell into the dubious employ of one Robert Fuentes, an investor in the hotel who happens to have links to Miami's underworld, and plans to use them to gain greater control of the operations of the hotel. For some time, Fuentes has been pressuring Elizabeth to establish a casino in the Hotel Soleil, but she constantly rebuffs him.
Matt and Vincent came to South Beach to escape their dull existence. One thing's for sure: their existence is never going to be normal again.
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|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
"I'm Not Your Baby"
|Jason Ensler (part 1)|
Darnell Martin (part 2)
|Story by : Matt Cirulnick (part 1)|
Philip Levens (part 2)
Teleplay by : Matt Cirulnick & Philip Levens
|January 11, 2006|
|3||"I Want What's Coming to Me"||Peter Medak||Scott Kaufer||January 18, 2006|
|4||"Every Day Above Ground is a Good Day"||Jason Ensler||Peter Hume||January 25, 2006|
|5||"Who Do You Trust"||Tim Hunter||Derick Martini & Steven Martini||February 1, 2006|
|6||"I'll Do What I Wanna Do"||Whitney Ransick||Antoinette Stella||February 8, 2006|
|7||"The S.B."||David Jackson||Melody Fox||February 15, 2006|
|8||"It Looked Like Somebody's Nightmare"||Whitney Ransick||Story by : Peter Hume|
Teleplay by : Adam Giaudrone
|February 22, 2006|
Similar to UPN's Fall 2005 effort Sex, Love & Secrets, South Beach was not welcomed by critics. The Miami Herald said that, "Cannibalism is about the only thing missing from this delirious new trashfest of hard bodies and soft brains." The Washington Posts headline for the show was "Bang, Bang, Bling, Bling, Blah, Blah." The writer called the show "vacuous... preposterous and pretentious." The Seattle Times said, "The dialogue's awful, ranging from clichés ("I don't want to work in my uncle's restaurant the rest of my life") to quotations ("First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women") to product placements ("Anybody got a Red Bull?").
The show was one of the lowest-rated on television. It ranked 152nd out of the 156 original series produced for network television in the 2005-2006 season.